Your General Education courses will ensure you 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 your knowledge effectively.
majors, concentrations, and pre-professional programs
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ranking for best undergraduate teaching by U.S. News & World Report, 2019
We don’t have graduate students or teaching assistants. Our professors will push you hard in class, but they’ll also be the mentors who challenge you to think about where your learning will lead. Because they will know you well, their reference letters and recommendations can open doors as they follow your life and career long after they’ve given you your last grade.
The Art of Conversation
Conversation is at the heart of a St. Olaf education. We want students to develop the ability to listen carefully, argue forcefully, and be the kind of engaged thinker who makes a conversation more interesting.
St. Olaf’s signature Conversation programs are interdisciplinary, team-taught explorations that take students on five distinct intellectual journeys through influential texts and ideas that have shaped our past and will guide our future.
Average participation in a first-year Conversation program