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Reviews 655 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Go to Carleton for parties they are so much better!

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: GO TO CARLETON!Their party scene is much better due to it not being a dry campus.Otherwise just drink with friends in your dorm.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: I will not even say there is diversity. It is sprinkled here and there. As a minority I can say that it sucks. Many students will be sweet but others do discriminate. However, that is normal everywhere I go anyways. I do not feel unsafe or threatened by it.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you want it you can get it if you don't want it no one cares all is cool.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I do not like how some professors just regurgitate from the book or vaguely talk about it and expect you to figure it out on your own.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is pretty safe no one's stuff gets stolen and you can walk around at night. On the weekends Pub Safety drives around making sure everyone is okay.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty spacious compared to other colleges. The dorm bathrooms kind of suck and showering is a bit of a hassle as there are only 4 per floor. The dorms are pretty social but offer quiet spaces as well.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Student involvement is pretty large. Team performance varies. Fans are very supportive regardless. School spirit is pretty wide and apparent. The athletic facility can be used by anyone.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I wish the diversity were a lot better. Racism is pretty prevalent and it ruins a bit of your college experience. Transportation is hard if you do not have a car as the shuttles get full due to sharing with Carleton. The food is good and the students are sweet. The classes are hard but I do not like that you are forced to take a religion course.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A lot of the professors are great! The courses are hard but manageable.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school really cares about providing you with a future.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are public safety officers always on duty and driving around.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are some dorms that have rooms of 3 which are nice but still small.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is not big on campus. They don't even live together sometimes.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: It's only a division 3 school so sports don't take on that big of a role. But that isn't to say that St Olaf doesn't care about sports. The facilities are great, the teams always do well, etc.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is a great range of classes and the professors come to the school to teach students therefore they really care about the students.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some rooms are small but dorms are all close

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great school and great people!

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: St. Olaf isn't without issues, but it is a good school for those who are proactive, career focused, and driven. Would recommend to anyone.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: St. Olaf does an excellent job insuring all graduates find employment. For those who truly succeed and are driven, you can go very far on a St. Olaf education.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Crime is almost non-existent. Sexual assault and how administration has managed it is something of a concern lately, and is worth researching before making a school decision.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing is overpriced, perhaps appropriately because of the monopoly that this residential college has on their housing policy.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics are not a substantial part of life at St. Olaf. The cross-country team, hockey, and nordic skiing teams traditionally have been the highest achieving groups on campus. There are adequate opportunities for those interested to participate and attend athletic events, but it is not a main focus of the school.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: St. Olaf is a great school for those who are looking for a strong general liberal arts background from which to grow from in graduate programs or in internships/apprenticeships. What St. Olaf is less strong at is providing highly specific training that is sometimes needed for accessing certain fields of employment (I am saying this as someone who majors in the humanities--it is very likely that this isn't true in the natural sciences).

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.


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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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