Discover St. Olaf



People will ask where you’re going to college as if that is the destination. It’s not. Choosing a college is the first step on a journey that will last a lifetime. Choose a college that will start you in the right direction.


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Located just 45 minutes south of Minneapolis-St.Paul in the historic college town of Northfield, MN, St. Olaf college is a community of intellectually curious people who push a demanding academic program to its limits.  St. Olaf is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College, a guidebook written by New York Times education editor Loren Pope and revised by Hilary Masell Oswald.

If you have a career in mind — medicine, law, business, entrepreneurship, social service, or international business — we’ve got you covered with 85+ majors, concentrations, and pre-professional programs, plus a Center for Integrative Studies where you can design your own major.

We are an intensely residential community where there are no boundaries between living and learning, and almost no limit to what you can do. The close connections that develop between Oles lead to deeper understanding and appreciation of differing viewpoints and help foster a climate of mutual respect.

Discover St. Olaf

Our campus is a globally engaged place. It is home to students from 81 countries, providing a rich and diverse culture. Our students see the world as their classroom. For more than half a century, we’ve set the standard for study abroad, sending nearly three quarters of our students and many of our faculty around the world.

With a Lutheran tradition reaching back more than 140 years, we are committed to helping our students strengthen their understanding of religion and faith through study, their personal beliefs through reflection, and their community by respecting the faith traditions of others. At St. Olaf, you will find a community that values the big questions of faith, belief, and ethics.

St. Olaf College is where you start a journey that will sharpen your skills, give you perspective, and test your character. Are you up to the challenge?