Transferring to St. Olaf College

Transfer students are a welcome addition to the St. Olaf community. They bring diversity and fresh perspectives to the St. Olaf academic experience. Transfer students are admitted on the same selective basis as regular first-year students, are eligible for financial aid, may compete for a limited number of merit scholarships, and are guaranteed housing for the duration of their enrollment at St. Olaf College. We may not be certain of the exact number of transfer students we can admit until well into spring of the preceding academic year. Transfer applicants are encouraged to visit the campus for a tour, class visit, and meeting with the transfer counselor. Please allow two weeks for arranging a class visit and bring a college transcript for a preliminary evaluation.

Note: International Transfer students need to apply as International Students and should follow the application process for international students.

St. Olaf College will consider mid-year transfer applications on a space-available basis.  Contact our transfer counselor, Angelique Dietz, at 507-786-3305 or send a message to to request more information.   

Transfer Application Checklist

(See below for exceptions for those who are reactivating a previous St. Olaf application.)

  1. Common Application (We waive the $40 application fee for all applications submitted online; use the special transfer section of the Common Application.)
  2. Official college or university transcript, including a “work in progress” listing. (Please submit a paper version.)
  3. Official high school transcript
  4. Official ACT or SAT scores
  5. One academic letter of recommendation, submitted online through the Common Application.
  6. Registrar’s Report,  submitted online through the Common Application.

Transfer Reactivation Application Checklist

If you submitted an application for either Fall 2013 or Fall 2014 but enrolled at another college or university, you may reactivate your application materials.  Please submit the following additional application materials:
  1. Reactivation Form
  2. Final High School Transcript through spring semester of your senior year
  3. College or University Transcript
  4. Registrar’s Report, submitted online through the Common Application.
Note:  if you were not previously admitted to St. Olaf College, please contact the transfer coordinator, Angelique Dietz, at  She will review your file and advise you on how to strengthen your new application.

Transfer Application Timeline

Priority Consideration Deadline: April 1*

Financial Aid Application Deadline (complete and submit both the CSS Financial Aid PROFILE and the FAFSA): April 1

Transfer Merit Scholarship Deadline: April 1

Admission Decision Notification Date: May 1

Admission Response Date: Enrollment Deposit ($600) due on June 1.

*Exceptions: Transfer applicants for admission to the music or nursing major need to submit their full application (including financial aid application) no later January 15, 2015. We strongly advice you to contact the departments no later than mid-November to start the application process to those majors. We will consider transfer applicants after April 1 on a space-available basis.


Questions Frequently Asked by Transfer Students

1. Which of my credits will transfer to St. Olaf?

The registrar will conduct a formal audit of your official transcript and will evaluate each course on an individual basis. In general, course work that is liberal arts in nature for which you have received at least a C grade will be transferable. Any transfer student will need to complete at least two full academic years of course work at St. Olaf College. A final audit will be conducted upon receipt of a final and official transcript from your current college or university, as well official scores of AP and IB exams. You will receive this well in advance of registering for course work at St. Olaf College. Transfer students will register for classes during the introduction week in September, ahead of the incoming first-year students. Please see the transfer credit page on the Registrar’s website for more details on transferring credits.

2. Do I need to provide standardized test scores?

Yes. We accept ACT and/or SAT scores. Under exceptional circumstances we may waive the test score requirement. Please contact the transfer counselor to discuss this.

3. I am interested in being a music major or enrolling in the Bachelor of Music degree program. Does this affect my transfer application?

Yes. All music applications — including transfers — must be submitted by the December 15th deadline. The Admissions Office makes the admission decision for all applicants to the college, including those applying to the Bachelor of Music degree program, so you should follow all application procedures like other transfer applicants. The deadline to apply for music scholarships is December 15, 2014, for fall 2015. Before you start the application process, you are strongly encouraged to discuss your plans with the music admissions coordinator, Mary Hakes. You can contact her at 507-786-3297 or

4. I am interested in the nursing program. Does this affect my transfer application?

The Admissions Office makes the admission decision for all applicants to the college, including those interested in the nursing program. The nursing program conducts its internal admission process for the nursing major in the fall of the student’s sophomore year. Transfer students should start both applications simultaneously and work closely with both the transfer counselor and the nursing program. College sophomores should start the application process by contacting the nursing program no later than October of their sophomore year, and submit the Common Application to the Admissions Office at the same time.

If you have further questions about the transfer application process, please write to