One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf College offers a distinctive undergraduate education grounded in academic rigor, residential learning, global engagement, and a Lutheran faith tradition. Many excellent colleges touch on one, two, or even three of these educational characteristics, but St. Olaf offers a unique combination of all four: an intense academic program that sharpens minds and an emphasis on a global perspective that broadens them; the vitality of a residential community that engages thoughtful people; and a religious tradition that encourages reflection. By cultivating the habits of mind and heart that enable graduates to lead lives of financial independence, professional accomplishment, personal fulfillment, and community engagement, St. Olaf College fully prepares students to make a meaningful difference in a changing world.
St. Olaf College at a Glance
- Undergraduate: 3,125
- Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
- Average class size: 22
- Number undergraduate majors: 44
- Domestic students: 94%. For domestic students reporting race/ethnicity: 84% White, 6% Asian, 5% Hispanic, 2% Black, <1% American Indian/Alaskan Native, 4% Multiracial
- 6% international students
First-year student profile
- Average ACT score: The middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores between 26 and 31. 78% of students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
- Average SAT score: Middle 50% ranges for SAT Math: 590-710, SAT Critical Reading: 590-710. 37% of students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
- High school GPA: 3.63
- Percentage from Minnesota: 41%
- Percentage who live on campus: 100%
- 2014-15 undergraduate tuition and fees: $41,700
- Room and board: $9,500
- Percentage first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 89%
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America