St. Olaf College

656 reviews
  1. Northfield, MN
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A-
St. Olaf College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Lutheran
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
1520 St Olaf Ave
Northfield, MN 55057

St. Olaf College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
51%
SAT Range
1130-1390
ACT Range
26-32
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$28,019/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,792/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,061/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,918/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,307/ year
  • $110k+
    $34,534/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.44 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.48 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.48 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,989Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
17%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Busy
    28%
  • Well Rounded
    21%
  • White
    21%
  • Proactive
    14%
  • Unashamedly nerdy
    10%
  • Driven
    3%
  • Unique
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.38 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.69 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Community on the hill
    70%
  • Community of Success
    7%
  • Helpful
    7%
  • Ideals to action.
    7%
  • Isolated
    4%
  • Unfair and boring
    4%

After St. Olaf College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
89%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.29 responses

Reviews

656 reviews
  • Excellent
    131
  • Very Good
    248
  • Average
    195
  • Poor
    41
  • Terrible
    41
I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that most people live on campus all four years of college. I think that it allowed me to interact with more of my classmates than I would have been able to otherwise. Hoyme and Ellingson are by far the nicest freshman dorms to live in because they are the most up to date. Hillkit is a treck and it is inconveniently put right by a massive wind tunnel. I personally feel like Melby and Thorson, while beautiful on the outside, are dark and dungeon-y feeling on the inside. The best part about living in the dorms is that, St. Olaf being a small campus, it is close to everything! It is nice that so many people live in the dorms because it makes it easier to hang out with others and meet new people in your hall as well. There are also nice study spaces in each resident hall as well.
  • College Senior
  • 9 months ago
St. Olaf College is the best fit for me! I love the emphasis on community, which is a core value for me. I have been heavily involved with student council and have loved seeing that the college actually listens to the input of their students. My favorite thing about St. Olaf is how much the professors want to see the students succeed and truly learn the material. St. Olaf is very residential and so the college puts a lot of money and time into making the dorms amazing. St. Olaf is ranked for the quality of food as well. The food service has a bunch of options and so one never feels like they get tired of the food.
  • Sophomore
  • 3 months ago
Buntrock Commons has one of the best cafeterias in the country, a great little café/coffee shop, a pizza place, a lounge, a movie theater, and a concert venue. The movie theater plays movies that were recently in theaters, but are not yet out on dvd, and the concert venue (called the Lion's Pause) features famous artists several times each year, as well as local and student bands. Some recent examples of performers are: Ingrid Michaelson, Trampled by Turtles, Cloud Cult, and Ok Go. There is always something to do, between concerts (we have an awesome music program), plays, and events run by committees such as the After Dark Committee. It is completely possible to remain on campus all year and be entertained. Having downtown Northfield nearby is a perk, though!
  • College Senior
  • July 30 2013