What We Look For In an Application

What does it mean to be an Ole?

What does it mean to be an Ole?

Oles want to be contributors and find St. Olaf to be a dynamic community full of possibilities.

To foster our community we look for multifaceted people from diverse backgrounds who have all kinds of talents and interests. Those who want to pursue their passions both in and out of the classroom.

Our process is holistic, which allows us to admit students from a range of backgrounds and who bring a range of experiences. These include enrolling students who:

  • Are interested in academic challenges across the breadth of our curriculum,
  • Thrive in a classroom environment that encourages discussion, argument, and disciplined thinking,
  • Display a wide range of talents – musical, artistic, athletic, and cultural,
  • Demonstrate curiosity and pursuit of excellence
  • Contribute to a campus community that values and supports collaboration and cooperation.

GET READY TO BE AN OLE

ACADEMIC PREPARATION

High School Transcript

  • AP/IB classes
  • Grade strength in particular classes

GPA average of 3.3
25-31 ACT scores; 11500-1400 SAT scores

INDIVIDUAL PREPARATION

Fine Arts
Athletics
Volunteerism
Clubs
Employment