St. Olaf College


Highest Degree Offered: Bachelors

College Type: Private

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Academic Calendar: Four-one-four

State: Minnesota


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 an average financial aid package of $23,700 for students who demonstrated need in the 2007 - 08 academic year. The college was featured in Lauren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives. St. Olaf is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Most Popular Majors

Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, History, Math, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Religion

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 3073
Total Grad Students:
Undergraduate Students: 3073
Faculty: 207

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:1

Percent Male: 45%
Percent Female: 55%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 81%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 85%

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Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

1520 St Olaf Ave
Northfield Minnesota 55057


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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 27 32
English 27 33
Math 26 32
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 590 720
Math 600 710
Writing 580 710

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Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 53%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -53%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1000

Other Expenses: 900

Room and Board: 8800

Tuition and Fees: 38150

Total Cost: 48850

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Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 6102

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 89%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 87%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 54%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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