The value of a St. Olaf education can be measured in many different ways — some tangible, some not.
Change is the one constancy in the world of today’s graduates. They will likely change jobs and even careers several times, as knowledge and technology continue to expand at an accelerating pace. The breadth of knowledge and experience that St. Olaf offers prepares students to be critical thinkers and learners who are able to adapt and prosper in a complex future. And the strong liberal arts education our students receive provides a path to financial independence, professional accomplishment, and personal fulfillment.
St. Olaf graduates carry with them a mindset and toolkit of skills that are critical to future success:
- the ability to write clear prose
- quantitative reasoning
- knowing how to ask the right questions to solve problems
- working productively in groups
- learning in community with others
- functioning in a multicultural environment
- appreciating the arts.
As a result, St. Olaf graduates are in high demand among employers and graduate schools across the nation. Recent surveys of the classes of 2011 and 2012 one year after their graduation demonstrate the broad range of success our graduates experience.
These results stem from a rigorous academic program that focuses on engaging students in high-impact educational experiences, including hands-on undergraduate research, internships, volunteerism/civic engagement, study abroad, and learning communities such as the Conversations offerings — all of which are accompanied by close faculty-student interaction.
The links in the left column of this page provide further detail on the success of our graduates and academic program, and the meaningful returns on investing in a St. Olaf education.
Listen to President David R. Anderson ’74 explain the importance of preparing students for the next phase of their lives and careers and the need for transparency in reporting on the value and outcomes of the education they received.