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Reviews 672 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If Hitler were to visit America, I would tell him to come to St. Olaf. He would love the things they are doing with diversity. Everywhere you look, you can find aryans. His perfect race is St. Olaf. Blond hair, blue eyes is about 3/4ths of the student population, and there are no Jewish people. Even the Jewish House, built by Jewish St. Olaf students, had no Jewish people living in it last year. The elitist mentality of this school is also hard to get around if you are anything but rich.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Because people who graduate from here start businesses because they usually still have money because mommy and daddy paid for their tuition, they have a great network for job opportunities

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Off campus there are a couple bars, and some people go to Carleton for their wet campus, but most go to Slegion (slutty legion) for their dances, and the pause for theirs. The nightlife is actually very good for being a dry campus, and St. Olaf kids go hard. We drink in excess, just because we can't carry drinks everywhere, so we hammer shots and go on our way. Unfortunately, this creates problems for alcohol poisoning, Every weekend there can be heard an ambulance coming up onto the hill for a freshman dorm (usually Ellingson or Hoyme) because a freshman drank too much. I had two friends have to go to the hospital for a stomach pump just last year.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are a ton of people in sports, and its pretty easy to get on a varsity team, but they are not very good, and not a huge deal.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Pause has great pizza, and the dining hall is one of the best in the country.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls are pretty attractive, but diversity is an unheard of term.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: This school is an elitist school. The amount of people I knew that thought that everyone at the school was getting their tuition paid by their parents was overwhelming. You would think that with all these fancy buildings, and amazing technology, they would have enough money to look over their students, but that is not the truth at all. They may say they will help you out, but get a year done, and have no money left over to put into your education, and they will change. I am not able to return to this school because of their very poor financial aid office. I did not want to take out $30,000 in loans for just one year, and then have the same problem the next year because even the aid office thinks that every person has money. Once you get in and get a year out of the way, things change in terms of financial aid. They don't increase the amount you get every year, they decrease it, thinking that you will want to stay because it is a hassle to have to transfer.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most people live on campus, unless you are on a sports team, or in a club. These houses usually are the ones that students go to on weekends to party after getting sufficiently drunk in their dorm rooms.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Even though it is a dry campus, school policies toward drug use and alcohol abuse are very easy to get around. The RA's usually don't care if you are drinking, and drug use is very prevalent in the school. Basically, if you aren't stupid about it, they won't even notice. I knew people who smoked drugs in their room with a vaporizer that never got caught and a couple people even used a hookah inside, and never got caught. You will find that Friday and Saturday are days where every single person you see at night in the lobby is drunk. Also, the school hosts dances (nightclub type) on some weekends, where every person who walks in the door is pretty drunk. The school basically looks at each case of drinking differently, based on various things. I knew someone who got caught and was given a level three (meaning you get kicked out) but because his daddy was a rich Norwegian, he was allowed to stay.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining is pretty nonexistent. There are only fast food restaurants and a couple downtown bars, but students usually don't go off campus for food too often.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Although you will usually have problems with certain human waste on weekends, the rooms themselves are usually pretty nice.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Very easy to switch into and out of a major. Your counselor is very easy to get a hold of and can direct you easily to access certain classes or programs.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The faculty is very accommodating, they have an open-door policy, and you can literally walk in and start talking to any professor, regardless of program. It was very easy to get into classes, the workload was alright for a college setting, and the classrooms were well maintained.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no Greek Life

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So far, I have enjoyed my overall experience. I am still getting into the groove a little, as I am going into my second year, but I am making firmer friendships, which feels much more comfortable. Once I get in a rhythm, I am ready to go. Sometimes I hear about opportunities or happenings at other schools and I get a nervous pang that I am not in the right spot, but there are several aspects as to which I am extremely proud of my school and my experience. Growing to love it is still in the process.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The courses have really been affected by my professors. I have only had one professor who made the course, which was one of the easier courses I took, complicated rather than challenging. She did not seem fully equipped with the education to teach us about writing as she was a science professor. Other than her, I have had a good experience with the courses and professors.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As of yet, I have been impressed witht he alumni network, the quality of employers, and the quality of the career center. I know I have access to many opportunities through St. Olaf.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: I love how so many people are involved and active on campus. People are comfortable studying or hanging out in any building or open area.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am majoring in Exercise Science to become a physical therapist as well as Spanish. For Spanish, the classes are challenging in a good way; it is manageable and enjoyable. The professors are great. As I am so early into the major in Exercise Science, it is hard to give a completely honest answer. I know the physical therapy program is growing, which is awesome. I have been trying to take advantage of everything I have available to me. I have found my own sources of volunteering and working, so I have not needed specific revenues yet.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I do not do the drinking scene, nor have I been to a ton of parties. However, I know Oles are always there to provide as much safety as possible.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: St. Olaf College is ridiculously safe. Students leave their personal belongings everywhere, and there's very little theft or crime. Some alcohol related sexual assault, but nothing compared to schools with greek life.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Tons of norwegian heritage kids. Definitely noticeable lack of ethnical diversity. Tons of upper middle class white kids.

2 College Junior

Nightlife: Northfield is a quiet small town, there are some bars, like Froggy's and the Cow that are popular, but options are very limited.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some dorms are less then ideal, aka Kildahl for the freshman. However there are plenty of options for how many people to live with and where you want to be.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Since Northfield is a popular small town, there are a variety of options for food. Indian, Chinese, and Mexican are all available, however late night options are pretty scarce.

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It's not uncommon at St. Olaf to run into second-, third-, or even fourth-generation Oles. This fact, coupled with the school's outstanding retention rate, shows that there is obviously something that keeps drawing current students, alumni, and their children back to the Hill. Sure, if you ask current students walking across campus in mid-February about their overall experience of St. Olaf, they probably won't extol many praises. But if you catch them when it's over 45 degrees, you're sure to hear nothing but great things.

Despite the long winters, the course work, and the stress of life in general, campus is an extraordinarily happy place to be—and it shows. The zombification of students that occurs at other schools (bags under the eyes, clammy hands desperately clutching coffee tumblers, etc.) is a rarity at Olaf. Even in the dead of winter, most Oles are good-humored, friendly people who seem overjoyed to be right where they are. St. Olaf really offers students a wholesome four years, and not "wholesome" in the cheesy way. The school makes a point of nurturing the entire individual. You aren't seen as an academic machine, but as a person who needs a social and spiritual life in addition to a scholarly one. Olaf truly is a healthy place to be.

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