Learning Experience

Our curriculum prepares students to solve 21st-century challenges by building critical thinking, creative problem solving and communication skills.


ranking for best undergraduate teaching by U.S. News & World Report, 2018


overall ranking among the nation’s 239 baccalaureate colleges in the number of graduates who go on to earn a PhD


medical school acceptance rate

Life Experience

Beyond the classroom, Oles build skills through internships, studying abroad, or undergraduate research. In addition, we have a vibrant, active community with 200+ student organizations for students to connect and learn from each other.

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Recognized as A College that Changes Lives: 40 colleges that prepare you for life and all the things life comprises


of Oles participate in an internship, undergraduate research or other experiential learning experience


ranking for number of students who study abroad

Graduation Rates

A degree in four years so they can take the next step.

82% four year graduation rate- stronger than the national average of 52%

Ole Outcomes

Identify the right path.

96% of Oles are employed, in full-time service projects or graduate school within 6 months after graduation



Beyond just a job.

84% of alumni agree that they find their work meaningful

Supportive Environment

For most students, the anticipation of what college will actually be like is intimidating. At St. Olaf, we understand that students learn in a variety of ways and what might be right for one student doesn’t work for another.

Oles have options for making connections with faculty, staff and fellow students to find the support and community they need to have the college experience that is right for them

12:1 student to faculty ratio means that students can have one on one conversations with professors who want to see them succeed

Center for Advising and Academic Support provides free resources to all students including tutoring, coaching and supplement instruction

Student Support Services is designed to help ensure academic success for students who meet federal eligibility guidelines and are committed to enhancing their academic experience

The Piper Center for Career and Vocation helps students explore careers, gain experience outside of the classroom, and pursue meaningful post-graduate work, service, and education


We seek a diverse student body with a wide array of interests, talents and backgrounds. St. Olaf is a community of individuals, and we are looking for students who will share their unique stories and perspectives with the campus community.

First-year students entering Fall of 2018:


Chris Mohler Morgan photographed in NYC


Economics and Asian Studies Double Major
Chinese Concentration who studied abroad and is now the Director of Global Planning at Gap

Julie Van Grol photographed in her studio


Studio art major
Freelance illustrator and college instructor

Victoria Celano photographed in downtown Chicago


English Major
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Development for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital