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Reviews 637 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Diversity: There are a lot of blond haired blue eyed Caucasian students who come from upper middle class families. However that being said there is a great multi-cultural movement on campus and the diversity for national origin and ethnic is improving rapidly.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are amazing amounts of off-campus food options. Though they can be a bit of a haul to get to. There are so many choices for a good inexpensive meal on the weekends to enjoy with friends.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: We have larger housing than a lot of other schools I have visited. It is also easy to get larger rooms as you gain seniority in the university. The amenities are sometimes more dated, however there is always hot water in the shower and good people around.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: It's easy. They really help you with what you need.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Its not terrible. It really helps students get along and not tread on each others toes more than anything. It helps people respect each other and not get out of hand, though it can get a little annoying. However, if a person isn't doing anything loud or crazy nothing will happen.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food options are great on campus. Sometimes you don't want to eat on campus, but who doesn't get sick of campus food.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Its just a perfect little quaint town.

1 College Junior

Parking: Pub Safe is ticket happy. Permits are pricy. Parking is off the hill and a haul from most dorms. Though you really don't need a car on campus.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: If you're looking for parties, you will find them. However if you're not, they really aren't in your face. There are amazing bars downtown if your of legal age.

3 College Junior

Academics: I haven't enjoyed some of our biology program. However that being said there are amazing facilities and courses to those who have time to take many different biology classes. However as a double major I've loved the art department as well and haven't always been able to take the courses I would have loved.

4 College Junior

Academics: Professors are fantastic and always there to help. Registration process is a trial and a joke, but I think they're working out kinks in the system every year. STUDY ABROAD! EASY AND REWARDING.

4 College Junior

Athletics: We are a healthy school which really encourages student to take care of themselves. There are amazing amounts of involvement to exercise with friends, join intermurals, or enjoyment of facilities. However the involvement in fan support at varsity events is not always the best unless its homecoming, however school spirit is very vibrant.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The campus facilities and green space are amazing. Student life can be a little slow due to the academic rigor of the college. Yet there is a niche for everyone and clubs that vary in many passions within life.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Uniqueness at St. Olaf is one of the best ways to describe it. Yes we have our traditions and are Oles at heart. Yet our school is always there to help students with everything. They will literarily hold your hand if you need it or just lend a smile and a open door. The most unique feature of our college however is its study abroad program which is one of the top rated in the country.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: St. Olaf is a place where anyone can feel at home. Its a community on a hill that can be a little isolated from the real world, yet its a place where opportunities are abundant. Student who work hard are able to make amazing advances within themselves and towards their passions. The professors are always there to help and challenge students to take big risks. College is daunting, but I would choose Olaf again.

3 College Junior

Athletics: People don't pay too much attention to sports (music gets all of the glory). The athletic facilities are nice, and the floors of the gym were just redone.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The town is super cute and quaint. I always enjoy going to a coffee shop to get a break from campus and study. Unfortunately it is difficult to get downtown without a car.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know a lot about this category because I've only lived on campus. I probably will be staying on campus all four years.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have never felt pressure to go to a house party or participate in drinking/doing drugs. I don't see many students drinking unless I go to certain places where I know people will be drinking. I know people do drugs, but I can avoid it if I want.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love being in the education and sociology/anthropology departments for my major and concentration. I feel I have multiple options for a career after college since I will have a teaching license and a major. I am interested in running a non-profit organization or working as an ESL teacher. I want to make a positive influence in the world in whatever way that turns out to be.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I liked how I had to apply for getting into the education program. It shows they at least take into consideration who you are as a person before they allow you to become a teacher. I didn't have to go through any crazy process for becoming a sociology/anthropology major.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: We are such a close-knit campus, so St. Olaf really emphasizes staying on-campus all four years which most students do. I love living in Larson Hall because it's so close to Tomson Hall and the center of campus. Kildahl needs to be updated for the freshmen; it is so tiny and cramped. The social atmosphere is very good, but it could be better about holding events for multiple dorms together so more people can meet.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I think the level of campus strictness if perfect for our school. Officers will bust parties or people doing drugs if they get a lead, but they also let people live their lives and don't scout every location 24/7. They are very lenient when it comes to the opposite sex sleeping in dorm rooms. They don't check in the dorms in the middle of the night. They also will give out parking passes to students of the opposite sex knowing full well they will probably be sleeping in another sex's dorm room.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our work-out facilities are fantastic. Our sports teams, on the other hand, are really good but they don't get a lot of attention. Our music programs are way more valued and important compared to our sports which is kind of a shame. I think they should be more equal.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: We do not have greek life at our school. We don't have any sorority or fraternity houses. We have off-campus housing, but it is specific houses such as the LGBT GLOW house, or the telecom house.


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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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