Did You Know?

It’s a Fact: St. Olaf College is ranked fourth among 217 baccalaureate liberal arts colleges nationwide in the number
of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s in chemistry during 1994-2003.

By the Numbers

  • St. Olaf’s chemistry program is nationally recognized for innovative and effective teaching, for scholarship and for service to the profession.
  • The program’s national reputation is reflected in the fact that from 2003 to 2008 the Chemistry Department received $3,500,000 in external grant support.
  • In the  five year period from 2012-2016, 7% to 10% of St. Olaf graduates were chemistry majors; an average of 60 graduates per year.
  • St. Olaf is routinely in the top three undergraduate institutions for the number of chemistry majors graduated in a year.
  • The National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates shows that St. Olaf ranked fourth among four-year colleges in the number of chemistry Ph.D.s produced between 1994-2003.
  • More than 50 students are employed each year as laboratory assistants, tutors, stockroom workers and paper graders.
  • Over the last 5 years, 40-45% of St. Olaf chemistry majors were women.
  • About 30% of St. Olaf chemistry majors attend graduate school and about 35% attend professional school (medical, dental, veterinary).