St. Olaf College Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Old Main at St. Olaf College
Old Main at St. Olaf College. Calebrw / Wikimedia Commons

Students interested in attending St. Olaf College will need to submit an application (the school accepts the Common Application), SAT or ACT scores, official high school transcripts, a letter of recommendation, and a personal essay. The school is fairly selective; it has a low acceptance rate of 45 percent, and successful applicants will generally need above-average grades and standardized test scores. For more information about applying, be sure to visit the school's website, or contact the admissions office for assistance. Calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Admissions Data (2016)

St. Olaf College Description

St. Olaf College shares its small hometown of Northfield, Minnesota with rival Carlton College. St. Olaf prides itself on its excellent programs in music, mathematics, and the natural sciences. Environmental sustainability is a top priority for the school. Like most private colleges, St. Olaf isn't cheap, but the school managed to provide a substantial financial aid package to students who demonstrated need. The college was featured in Lauren Pope's "Colleges That Change Lives." St. Olaf is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 3,040 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44% Male / 56% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $44,180
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,080
  • Other Expenses: $900
  • Total Cost: $56,160

St. Olaf College Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 94 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 92 percent
    • Loans: 51 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $27,346
    • Loans: $6,944

Academic Programs

Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 92 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 85 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 88 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Skiing, Baseball, Football, Golf, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Swimming
  • Women's Sports: Tennis, Softball, Track and Field, Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf

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St. Olaf College Mission Statement:

The complete mission statement can be found at

St. Olaf, a four-year college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, provides an education committed to the liberal arts, rooted in the Christian Gospel, and incorporating a global perspective. In the conviction that life is more than a livelihood, it focuses on what is ultimately worthwhile and fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit.

Now in its second century, St. Olaf College remains dedicated to the high standards set by its Norwegian immigrant founders. In the spirit of free inquiry and free expression, it offers a distinctive environment that integrates teaching, scholarship, creative activity, and opportunities for encounter with the Christian Gospel and God's call to faith. The college intends that its graduates combine academic excellence and theological literacy with a commitment to lifelong learning."

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics