In one way or another, almost every St. Olaf student in involved in athletics. Some pull on black and gold uniforms to compete at the highest level of NCAA Division III sports. St. Olaf is one of 13 private colleges and universities in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), an intensely competitive conference for serious student-athletes. Every year St. Olaf student-athletes qualify for post-season play and enter Division III championship competitions. Since 1999, St. Olaf student-athletes have earned All-American honors more than 25 times. And we’ve even had student-athletes go on to play professional baseball and football.
Away from the limelight on intercollegiate athletics, some students pull on club sports gear to play Ultimate, rugby, lacrosse and broomball. Others pull on wacky t-shirts to compete in hotly contested intramural sports leagues. And for the few, the proud, the athletes wearing flip-flops… there’s Frisbee golf on our own championship course.
We also have one of the most extensive fitness and recreation programs around, with equipment available to check out and people around to show you how to use it.
At every level, in every sport, Oles compete with honor and honesty. Athletics at St. Olaf embody the principles under which college sports were founded. Athletes are students first, and competition serves to augment the educational experience.
At St. Olaf you might never be asked to sign an autograph after a game, but you likely will sign your name to graduate school applications, or to accept a job offer, or to file for you copyrights and patents. You’ll carry your love of sports with you to life after college.
- Alpine Skiing (men, women)
- Basketball (men, women)
- Hockey (men, women)
- Indoor Track (men, women)
- Swimming/Diving (men, women)
- Nordic Skiing (men, women)
- Wrestling (men)
Want to learn more about a specific sport? Visit the athletics website to learn more.