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Study at St. Olaf College

St. Olaf College is a coeducational, residential, four-year, private, liberal arts college located in Northfield, Minnesota, United States. It was founded in the year 1874 by Pastor Bernt Julius Muus. The college campus spreads across an area of 900 acres. St. Olaf College offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse Course Topics.

St. Olaf College's athletics department sponsors men's and women's sports teams. The teams participate in sports such as baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, hockey, nordic skiing, and soccer. Their official mascot is the ‘St. Olaf Lion'. The college campus is home to more than 130 student organizations for the overall development of the students.

Profile of St. Olaf College

St. Olaf College is in a town not far from a more urbanized area, in Northfield, MN. The school has a Evangelical Lutheran Church religious affiliation. St. Olaf College is classified as a private, not-for-profit college. Students at the school earn degrees up to the Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

The most common major fields study at St. Olaf College include science, music, mathematics, art studies, drama and performing arts, and liberal arts.

St. Olaf College Selectivity

The school does not admit all applicants. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007 was 600 to 720 for students at St. Olaf College. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 600 and 700. The school attracts a fair number of students from out of state.


One indicator of school quality is the number of students per professor, and here St. Olaf College does well in comparison to most schools. Some professors at the school are awarded tenure, allowing the school to retain good faculty members. Faculty salaries at St. Olaf College are higher than most.

Student Enrolment

The school, in 2007, had 3, 040 students (3, 007 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

St. Olaf College is not thought of as a commuter school, and many students live on campus or nearby. Dorm living is common. St. Olaf College makes available student meal plans. Athletic teams at the school belong to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for major sports.

St. Olaf College Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts264English, economics, political science, history, sociology, Spanish language, Asian studies, American studies, . . .
Science116biology, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counselling48psychology
Religion and Philosophy43religion, philosophy
Music40music, music performance, various music studies
Art Studies26art studies, visual and performing arts
Family and Social Work24social work, family studies
Drama and Performing Arts19drama, dance
Nursing and Emergency Medicine17registered nursing
Education and Teaching12music teaching, social studies teaching
Conservation and Resource Management8environmental studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy8exercise science
Fine Arts6art history and criticism
Computer Science and Engineering4computer science

Contact: St. Olaf College

St. Olaf College

1520 St Olaf Ave

Northfield, MN 55057-1098

General Phone: (507) 786-2222


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