St. Olaf offers competitive scholarships that recognize achievement and potential for academic, artistic, service, and leadership success. With the exception of the National Merit Scholarship program administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, merit scholarships are awarded on the basis of the application through the St. Olaf Admissions Office.


Eligibility for all academic scholarships is based on information provided in the Common Application, including test scores, high school transcripts, and letters of recommendation. A distinguishing feature of St. Olaf’s academic scholarship program is its emphasis on academic accomplishment in combination with other kinds of involvement and achievement. Acknowledging the differing grading practices and standards among high schools, we do not set minimum criteria for scholarship candidates and instead evaluate a student’s academic performance and potential on an individual basis.

Scholarship Amounts for Students Entering in the 2019-20 Academic Year

Scholarship Name Amount per Year
Buntrock $25,000
Presidential $20,000
Dean $18,000
Faculty $15,000
St. Olaf $10,000
Service Leadership $2,000-$6,000

National Merit Scholarship Program (Up to $2,000 per year)


Fine arts scholarships are awarded on the basis of the fine arts application, audition, interviews, or portfolio reviews by faculty members. Finalists are notified in late January and are invited to visit campus and audition in late February or early March.

Scholarship Amounts for Students Entering in the 2019-20 Academic Year
Application Deadline: December 15

Art Scholarships ($6,000 per year)
Dance Scholarships ($6,000 per year)
Music Scholarships ($2,000-$15,000 per year)
Theater Scholarships ($6,000 per year)

Transfer Student Scholarships

Transfer Student Scholarships  ($5,000 – $15,000 per year)

*The total value of all merit & fine arts scholarships cannot exceed half of the comprehensive fee, unless the family’s demonstrated need exceeds that amount.