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Reviews 631 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: While I had some monotonous professors in introductory classes, I've also had some truly outstanding professors who are passionate and very knowledgeable. I have loved a good number of my classes. Smaller class sizes make for more engaging discussions and individual relationships with your professors.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: St. Olaf administration is always keeping us students up-to-date on any and all internship and career opportunities. The alumni network is very strong. Graduates of St. Olaf have a very high chance of finding a job with competitive employers.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very comfortable on campus. Crime is very minimal due to the strength of our community. Our public safety team offers safe rides in the near vicinity.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I love going to a college where nearly everyone lives on campus; it builds a tight community and makes it easy to get together with people for studying or fun.

4 College Junior

Athletics: As a varsity athlete, participation in my sport has been very beneficial to me. It keeps my physically and mentally healthy. I like the atmosphere of DIII; you can be as competitive as you want, but pressure is low. I love my teammates and my coach.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love going to school in a community full of students like me: driven to find success in areas we are passionate about. The liberal arts approach has been very beneficial to me, allowing me to take classes out of my majors that broaden my worldview and balance my course load. I have had amazing professors in both of my majors; they go above and beyond to provide a challenging yet enjoyable experience.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: A degree in computer science or music education is very valuable from this school. A degree in vocal performance, though, isn't as valuable.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I really have enjoyed myself so far; the friends are great and I've been able to utilize many of St. Olaf's facilities.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There's a great atmosphere of trust and the honor code - we leave our backpacks around all the time and its no big deal. hundreds of backpacks line the walls around the caf every day and nothing is stolen. However, our campus has a problem with sexual misconduct.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The buildings are really wonderful and old-looking (in a good way), but a lot of people struggle to get in a dorm they want since over 95% of people are required to live on campus.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The athletic scene isn't strong; people don't generally participate and more are involved in music than sports.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's a great school, especially for those involved in the humanities. Community outreach and studying abroad are both extremely important, and there are many many programs available for that.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There really isn't a typical greek life on Campus. All of the frats/sororities are honor organizations that are really only there to do service projects, and help students find connections.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports don't really seem to be a big deal around here. We're a D3, so there isn't a whole lot of popularity around sports. However, the people who are involved are really friendly and have a lot of fun!

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love being on the Hill. The people are great, and the profs that we have are super knowledgeable. The community is great, and while we do have issues, the students are working towards creating a better, safer, more engaging campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm in Kildahl this year, which is the smallest freshman dorm. Although I don't like how small my room is, it makes me more likely to get out and socialize and learn other study spots on campus, which is good. It's also very clean.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: We are a D3 school, so it's obviously not a Big 10 experience. Things like hockey and rugby are more popular than football.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I absolutely love it. Nothing bad to say.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There seems to be very little campus crime, we leave our backpacks out at the caf during every meal. I have never not felt safe on campus.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Kitt so that's self explanatory, two closets for three people sucks

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: We have a lot of school spirit, but I have not been to a lot of sporting events so I don't know what to think about them. I had more fun with high school sports than I've had here.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the feeling of community St. Olaf has. I feel like whenever I need help with anything, someone is always there ready to give me advice. The classes are hard, but I think they will do a good job of preparing me for the future. The campus is gorgeous and so are the people.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe at St. Olaf 100% of the time. The campus is small enough that I feel safe walking home after a late night in the library. There is no other campus that students leave their backpacks anywhere and can come back in an hour with everything the way that they left it. In terms of personal safety and mental health, there are many resources on campus that assist students dealing with depression, anxiety, or any other mental illnesses. Some such as the Wellness center can redirect students to other resources available on campus. It is a great source for people who have friends dealing with these illnesses to go and figure out how they can best help their friend. We also have Boe House which is a counseling center that is free for student use. Students schedule an appointment ahead of time, however there are slots available for emergency appointments. The pastors are another great resource as well as most faculty and staff.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: There are a variety of courses offered at St. Olaf. One unique aspect of this college is the liberal arts education it provides. It allows students a chance to explore areas of study they would normally not be able to or would shy away from. With this being said, sometimes it can be frustrating having to take so many courses that you feel do not apply to what you want to do in the future if it is preventing you from taking courses that would. Class sizes are usually around 20 for discussion based classes and as large as 50, 70, or even 150 for different lecture based courses. But in comparison with most other colleges, it is much smaller in class size.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: There is something to be said for the "Ole connection". Ole graduates are so willing to provide insight and assistance to current Oles. St. Olaf organizes events such as Ole Med, Biz, and Public Health where they bring in 20+ professionals in different fields and allow students to network with them. We also have resources such as the Piper Center which is our career center that offers services such as counselors to look over your resume, career coaches that help with mock interviews and talking through internship and job opportunities. There are MANY resources at St. Olaf that help so many of their grads get a great job or internship during summers or post graduation.

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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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