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Be an Ole.

Where tireless, idealist problem solvers go to school.

Our curriculum fosters critical thinking, creative problem solving and communication skills. Our residential community builds connections that lead to lifelong friendships.

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What are we looking for?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

Number applied: 5,495
Number enrolled: 809
Acceptance Rate: 49.9%

Average Unweighted GPA: 3.67
Median ACT Score: 29
Median Composite SAT (1600 Scale): 1320

Learn more about our student profile

Women: 58%
Men: 43%
Students of color: 20%
International: 10%


Mariah in Chicago

“At St. Olaf you’re taught to be a lifelong learner…things are always changing and you need to be able to think quickly on your feet.”


Rammah photographed in Regents Hall

“St. Olaf is a place where they are producing future leaders and future peacemakers. We are the future, and I think St. Olaf is a great community to produce that kind of personality.”


Samantha photographed in Kelsey Theater

“I think being an Ole means pursuing what you’re passionate about and being surrounded by a community of people who may not be passionate about the same thing.”


Chris Mohler Morgan photographed in NYC

CHRIS MOHLER MORGAN ’10

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

JULIE VAN GROL ’08

Studio Art Major
Freelance illustrator and college instructor


Victoria Celano photographed in downtown Chicago

VICTORIA CELANO ’13

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