THE POWER OF A LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION

At St. Olaf, it’s the holistic experience both in and outside the classroom that leads to students who will shape the world. 
For Oles, college means community. It’s like joining a neighborhood vs. being one of the crowd. You’ll be part of a strong campus community where students come together to work, study, and play.

Oles are the people that companies want.
Oles are the people the planet needs.

We develop the skills that lead to Oles contributing across industries, causes and in their communities.

88%

of alumni agree that non-classroom interactions with faculty contributed to their personal growth, values and attitudes.

86%

of alumni agree that their experience substantially contributed to their integrative and creative thinking skills.

94%

of alumni agree that their experience substantially contributed to their critical thinking skills.

87%

of seniors agree that their experience substantially contributed to their ability to write clearly and effectively.

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4 YEAR GRADUATION RATES

Our 4 year graduation rates are stronger than our competitors and public universities. Oles are able to complete their undergraduate degree sooner and move to the next step in their careers.

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“I don’t feel like I’m at a disadvantage because I don’t have a set path of where I want to go. St. Olaf has taught me to adapt by challenging me to try new things, take courses in a variety of fields, to think critically, and to write well. That’s the beauty of a St. Olaf education—it will prepare me for whatever I choose to do in the future.”
Anders Hansen, Mathematics major

Oles don’t just land jobs. They find vocations. Vocation is about a personal calling to your life’s work. St. Olaf offers a supportive environment for discovering and embracing your passions.

What are you passionate about? Every day, we help Oles find the thing they love, that needs their love. Oles graduate with a larger degree of of knowledge about themselves.  And a larger network of connections that will serve them well.

96%

of Oles are employed, in full-time service projects, or in graduate or professional school within six months after graduation.

35,000

Alumni stand ready to open doors and help you make connections across the country and around the world.

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87%

of alumni agree that their job leverages skills they learned at St. Olaf.

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90%

of alumni agree that their job allows them to continue to learn and grow.

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of alumni agree that they find their work meaningful.

Ranked 11th overall among the nation’s 239 baccalaureate colleges in the number of graduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees.  

70% Med School (M.D.) acceptance rate in 2016 (83% of competitive* applicants and 70% of all applicants vs. 47% national average)  *G.P.A. of 3.6 or higher