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Reviews 584 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Junior

Greek Life: The only fraternity we have on campus is APO, an academic volunteering fraternity.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are few houses available off-campus that are worth the hassle, because most of them are about the same price as on-campus living, significantly far away from campus, and are difficult to secure.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The sticker price is really high, but through financial aid and scholarships the out of pocket cash I pay per year is significantly reduced. As the years go by I receive other scholarships through St. Olaf based on programs I am in or merits I have received.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: People are really smart about recreational drug and alcohol abuse. I have never felt unsafe or pressured when I am around that scene and unless you are really obnoxious and stupid, it is pretty hard to get in a lot of trouble

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Because we are isolated, most people live on campus all 4 years which means the dorms improve as you get older and the community is really awesome.

4 College Junior

Computers: Because I have my own computer, I have very few problems technology wise which is how most students do it. The wireless printing network can be pretty fluky sometimes, but professors are usually understanding. Computers in labs, therefore don't get much attention when they have problems/troubleshooting, because few people decide to inform IT.

5 College Junior

Academics: I love being a music major! It is equally challenging and supportive in the student and faculty environment, and the resources available for studying and practice are superb.

4 College Junior

Majors: For some majors, all it takes is a conversation with your advisor and a professor in the department in order to add the major. Other, mostly in the arts, require an audition and/or interview process which is usually pretty competitive. My visits and auditions were always well accommodated, and as long as you try your best in preparing and performing, everything else is really out of your hands.

College Junior

Majors: There are no internships offered directly through St. Olaf, however, we have a great resource and career center that helps you find internships in the area with a diversity of commitments, stipends, living accommodations, etc.

4 College Junior

Athletics: While the athletic teams are never that accomplished, students generally enjoy getting involved in either a varsity team or an intramural team. The facilities available for all students are fantastic, so that you can be as active or inactive as you want.

3 College Junior

Weather: It gets very cold in the winter time, and usually by March everyone is really sick of the snow and the cold. But, there are a few really nice days in the fall and spring that make the winter bearable.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Transportation to off-campus evening activities is sparse which makes going out a little tricky. Most people party in their own rooms or a friends room to eliminate the distance and keep it quiet and chill. There are usually a decent amount of activities like movies, speakers, music groups, etc. that are planned for the weekend so that there is always something going on.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love the small-town feel and the appreciation between the townspeople and the students.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I haven't been to a lot of off-campus dining areas, but I really liked the places that I have tried. I don't know very much about the student discounts.

College Freshman

Majors: As a freshman, I have only started the major process, but so far, it looks like I will have the resources I need to get into the program that I want. The lectures and discussions that are given are extremely helpful.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I have found my own internship/volunteer/job opportunities, but the help was offered if I wanted any. The head of the department communicates often and offers other options if the immediate curriculum needs improvement. The facilities are great; I can't wait to get further into the program.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: I haven't lived in a house, but the friends that I have living in the houses seem to enjoy it!

4 College Freshman

Computers: The network reliability is sometimes spotty, but overall the service is really good

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports are super fun, although music is bigger.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you don't want to drink or do drugs, people respect that. Some people get more involved, especially in the houses.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Even though it's a "dry campus," there seems to be alcohol that is easily-accessible and used by underage students. In my dorm I know there have been a few complaints about the noise, but it has been relatively good. I love that people can come and visit the dorms!

College Freshman

Greek Life: We do not have a Greek system at our school.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: As long as you plan ahead, it is easy to get a ride to town or find a ride to the Twin Cities. It is very easy and cost-efficient! St. Olaf students are lucky!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Good public transit system that takes you into town. It's not always on time, but at least it's free

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug and alcohol use are abundant, but peer pressure is minimal.


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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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