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.

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.


of 2017 graduates are employed, in graduate school, or engaged in full-time service work


study abroad program in the country


of students received need-based aid

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.

St. Olaf will challenge you with the breadth and depth of a liberal arts education. Courses are designed to develop a wide range of skills and the flexible habits of mind to meet 21st-century challenges: languages, quantitative reasoning, scientific literacy, creativity and collaboration, and the ability to communicate effectively.

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?

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Colleges That Change Lives

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.

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Lifelong friendships are forged on The Hill.

Oles live, learn, and play together. This is no accident.
We have designed the campus, the curriculum, and the extracurricular programs to connect people and build friendships that last. Stav Hall is the hub of community life. It houses our award-winning food service, but it also serves as a community gathering place where you’ll see your friends for meals.

The Ole Community

An Ole’s college experience is a wider world experience.
Study abroad will involve more than simply taking classes in another country. It will connect you to local communities and get you involved in the daily lives of others. The experience will change the way you see the world.

Study Abroad


St. Olaf rank among colleges in the number of students studying abroad


percentage of the Class of 2017 who studied off-campus


number of established domestic or international off-campus study programs offered


number of countries in which St. Olaf has active programs

Founded by Lutherans. Designed for personal growth.

We encourage the exploration of faith, values, and personal fulfillment. St. Olaf is grounded in its Lutheran tradition, but you’ll find students and faculty from all of the world’s great religions, as well as people who may not claim any faith tradition.