St. Olaf College

St. Olaf College

St. Olaf College is a coeducational, residential, four-year, private, liberal arts college located in Northfield, Minnesota, United States. It was founded in the year 1874 by Pastor Bernt Julius Muus. The college campus spreads across an area of 900 acres. St. Olaf College offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study.

St. Olaf College's athletics department sponsors men's and women's sports teams. The teams participate in sports such as baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, hockey, nordic skiing, and soccer. Their official mascot is the 'St. Olaf Lion'. The college campus is home to more than 130 student organizations for the overall development of the students.

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St. Olaf College
1520 St Olaf Ave
Northfield , MN 55057-1098
General Phone: (507) 786-2222

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St. Olaf College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts247American studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, Russian studies, women's studies, minority and gender studies, Russian language, German language, Norwegian language, ...
Science162biology, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling44psychology
Music41music, music performance, music theory and composition
Art Studies39art studies
Religion and Philosophy28philosophy, religion, religious music
Education and Teaching23music teaching, social studies teaching
Nursing and Emergency Medicine20registered nursing
Family and Social Work18family studies, social work
Drama and Performing Arts14dance, drama
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy13exercise science
Conservation and Resource Management12environmental studies
Fine Arts7art history and criticism
Computer Science and Engineering3computer science

Number of programs and degrees for St. Olaf College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree72242

St. Olaf College Student Body

In 2007-2008, St. Olaf College had a total enrollment of 3,040 students (3,004 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 44%
Women 56%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 84%
Black 1%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 40%
20-21 45%
22-24 14%
25-29 0%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

St. Olaf College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 93 %

St. Olaf College Room and Board (2007)

St. Olaf College offers campus housing for 3,033 of its 3,004 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Northfield, Minnesota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Minnesota Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

St. Olaf College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal590710
SAT Math590700
ACT Verbal2633
ACT Math2631
ACT Composite2731

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT47%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT87%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

St. Olaf College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 34,300
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 34,300
Room and board $ 7,900
Room charge $ 3,650
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,250
Books and supplies $ 950
Other expenses $ 850

Financial Aid:
St. Olaf College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 238200)

St. Olaf College Faculty

St. Olaf College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year45$92,38122$76,444
Associate professoracademic year32$66,88727$66,308
Assistant professoracademic year36$54,44931$54,185
Instructoracademic year7$49,47110$49,660
No academic rankacademic year3$71,4673$62,833
All faculty totalacademic year123$71,69493$62,762

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

St. Olaf College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

St. Olaf College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Norwegian Language and Literature
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Russian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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