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Reviews 639 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

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.

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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.

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

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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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.

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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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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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