We’re looking for smart, ambitious, creative people who want to be challenged. We want multifaceted people who will contribute to, as much as draw from, our community of 3,000 students and who will benefit from the range of academic and extracurricular programs we offer. We try to balance all kinds of talents and interests, from arts and athletics to languages and learning styles, from deep academic focus to broad interdisciplinary passions. The students who thrive at St. Olaf have a strong sense of themselves, whether or not they arrive here with a clear idea of what they will study.
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Students intending to major in nursing at the time of application to the College may be considered for direct admission. Direct admission as a first-year student is limited, competitive, and conditional. Students must complete the nursing application, which includes two additional essays at the same time they submit an application to the College. Finalists for direct admission to the nursing program will be contacted directly by the nursing department to schedule an interview. Students that did not apply or were not selected for direct admission may apply to the nursing major during the fall of the sophomore year.
We strongly recommend students intending to major in music to apply for direct admission to the music program as a first-year student. Students seeking direct admission must complete an additional application to the program that is due on December 15. In addition to the music application, you will need to include an audition recording, music resumé, and teacher recommendation. Admission to the B.A. music major is selective; admission to the B.M. program is highly selective. Consequently, it is not unusual for the B.M. applicants to be admitted to the B.A. music major initially. These students would begin the core music major coursework in the fall of their first year and may re-apply for admission to the B.M. program after they begin their studies at St. Olaf.