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Reviews 655 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The school makes significant efforts to ensure the integrity of student work and academics.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The caf always works hard to providing many choices for the students. There are always vegetarian and vegan options available, and the caf strives to use organic and free-range food as much as possible.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: St. Olaf is a private lutheran college. So it does draw many students who are strongly religious. It also draws many wealthy students as well. But on average there are attractive people everywhere and you can generally find other people with the same interests as you.

4 College Junior

Facilities: For being a small school, St. Olaf does a great job to accommodate its students and provide opportunities for social interactions.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: In general I have been very pleased with the courses I have taken at St. Olaf College. There is a wide variety of topics that all revolve around small, discussion based classes. This creates a great atmosphere where students work towards developing their voice and examining all aspects of a topic.

College Junior

Overall Experience: I am unsure how much a "St. Olaf degree" will affect my career prospects, since I am still a student.

4 College Junior

Majors: Based on accounts from friends and students from other schools, St. Olaf seems to have great professors that ensure challenging course work and teach advanced material.

College Junior

Majors: I've never had an internship through my school. Though I know many friends that have, and I've heard few complaints. The school often offers transportation to and from internships for students as well.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is very helpful and they are always willing to talk with you about any questions. Based on personal need, I received a great financial aid package, however I am unaware of non-need based award experiences.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Town can get boring sometimes. Is a very safe and cute small town, but lacks an abundance of activities for students.

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.


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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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