How to Apply

To apply to St. Olaf, submit the items below by the appropriate deadline

  1. The Common Application: The St. Olaf application for admission is comprised of the Common Application available online at The Common Application website. Music students must complete an additional application, which can be found at:
  2. The School Report and your transcript: Request that your high school counselor send the School Report  and your transcript to St. Olaf by the application deadline.
  3. Teacher Recommendation: One letter of recommendation must be from a teacher, preferably from a class taught in grades 10-12 in an academic subject: English, foreign language, history, social studies, mathematics, or the natural sciences. Invite your teacher to write a letter of recommendation through the Common Application.
  4. Academic Recommendation(s): A second letter is also required for applicants desiring serious consideration for scholarships, and encouraged for all applicants. It may come from a teacher, guidance counselor, or music teacher. While additional recommendations are not required, students are welcome to submit additional letters from pastors or other worship leaders, coaches, employers, or others who know them well.
  5. ACT and/or SAT scores: If your ACT and/or SAT scores are on your official high school transcript (sent from your high school), they will be considered official. If they are not on your transcript, you must have the score(s) sent directly from the testing center.
  6. The Early Decision Agreement Form (IF you are applying Early Decision!): To apply Early Decision, submit the Early Decision Agreement form by November 15 or January 1.


If you have questions about the application process, please contact your admissions officer. If you are experiencing technical difficulty with the online Common Application, you can find a list of frequently asked questions as well as technical support contact information here.

Re-Applying to St. Olaf College

Students who have submitted a complete application to St. Olaf in the prior two academic years may reactivate their admissions application by submitting this form.  If you have attended a two or four year college or university as a degree seeking student, visit our transfer page for details on re-applying.

Financial Aid and Merit Scholarship Applications

Students applying for need-based financial aid must complete the CSS PROFILE, which can be completed in the fall of your senior year. The suggested deadlines for filing the CSS PROFILE are November 15 for Early Decision 1 applicants, January 15 for Early Decision 2 and February 1 for Regular Decision applicants.

Need-based applicants should also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1, with a priority deadline of March 1.

To be considered for ANY Merit Scholarships at St. Olaf, you must indicate your interest by checking the appropriate box in the “Future Plans” section of the Common Application.