St. Olaf College

Class Profile

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St. Olaf College recently welcomed the Class of 2020, a talented group of 824 first-year students that is the most diverse in the college’s history. Hailing from 504 high schools in 42 states and 52 countries, these new Oles include 150 domestic students of color and 77 international students. The class also includes 22 Davis United World College Scholars and 13 National Merit finalists.

Fifteen members of the class were admitted last year and chose to defer, spending a gap year participating in Rotary Youth Exchange programs in Brazil and Indonesia, traveling in Ireland and Norway, taking classes at the National Outdoor Leadership School, teaching music lessons in Africa, and interning at the Smithsonian.

And while these numbers provide some insight into the incoming class, each new group of students is more than just a compilation of statistics and figures.

 

 

THE CLASS OF 2020 ALSO INCLUDES:

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  • One student who is a competitive rock climber
  • Another who knows every line of every Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film
  • A student who can recite 60 digits of Pi
  • A student who is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and another who is related to one of the signers of the Mexican Declaration of Independence
  • Another who can recite every word in the Lord of the Rings movies
  • A host of students with lofty career ambitions — from becoming the St. Olaf mascot to a Disney Imagineer to the President of the United States to the Secretary General of the United Nations

 

 

 

 

CLASS SUMMARY



6,046 
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73% Early Decision Admit rate

42% Regular Decision Admit rate

824 Enrollment

 

 

 

 

ADMITTED STUDENT PROFILE (middle 50%)



3.5 – 4.0 
High School GPA

26 – 31 ACT

1240 – 1440 (converted to new scoring) SAT

 

 

 

 

GEOGRAPHY – ENROLLED STUDENTS

 

504 High Schools 42 States 52 Countries
41% Minnesota 28% Midwest 13% West
5% South 4% Northeast  9% International

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DOMESTIC MULTICULTURAL



18% 
Students of Color

 

 

 

 

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION



24% 
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15% Catholic

24% Other Christian

7% Non-Christian religions

31% No preference or no response

 

 

 

 

LEGACY



30% 
Parents, siblings, or other relatives

 

 

 

FIRST GENERATION



18%

 

 

 

 

FINANCIAL AID



17% 
Pell Grant Recipients

93% Receiving Financial Aid 

54% Receiving Merit Scholarships

66 million Total Financial Aid

 

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