We develop individuals of action and substance through a strong community that both challenges and empowers to form citizens who will shape the world.


We’re looking for smart, ambitious, creative people who want to be challenged. In a campus community of 3,000 students,  we want multifaceted people who will contribute as much to the community as they draw from it.

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Want to know how much financial aid you could receive from St. Olaf College? Thanks to a new tool available on the college’s website, you can find out by answering six simple financial questions.

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Colleges that Change Lives

St. Olaf College is again included in the latest edition of the best-selling Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College, a guidebook written by New York Times education editor Loren Pope and revised by Hilary Masell Oswald that promises an in-depth look at 40 colleges that “prepare you for life and all the things life comprises.”

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St. Olaf is committed to providing a unique educational experience that delivers lasting value to our students. We have a long tradition of meeting the demonstrated need of all admitted students.
We will work with all students and their families in order to prepare the strongest financial aid package we can offer.

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Majors & Programs

Explore the breadth and depth of a St. Olaf education.

Study Abroad

Learn more about the 123 off-campus study programs we offer.

Campus Life

Discover what it’s like to live on a residential campus.


We have 27 varsity sports, 14 club sports and over 40 intramural options.

Fine Arts

Explore our respected and world-renowned fine arts opportunities.

From Music to Great Conversation

“St. Olaf has given me the one on one detailed teaching attention that I wanted”
Madeline Miller ’20

Finding Connections and Community

“I love being a part of a great community with students from over 82 different countries.”
Claudio Barboza ’16

Athletics and Academics

“St. Olaf was the greatest decision I ever made.”
Colten Yahn ’17