Why St. Olaf Needs You

Because you make the exceptional possible

By making your gift, you:
  • Ensure we can continue to fully meet the demonstrated financial need of every student. Gifts supporting financial aid help us limit student debt and give Oles the best start possible.
  • Support high-impact academic programs that deepen engagement in learning. From study abroad to faculty-mentored research, these experiences build knowledge, confidence, and set Oles apart. Tuition, room, and board support just two-thirds of a St. Olaf experience.
  • Sustain a vibrant, inclusive community by supporting athletics, music ensembles, student organizations, residential life, and programs supporting all the identities and affinities Oles bring to St. Olaf.
  • Help Oles develop their skills and talents, discover their vocations, and launch their careers. Experiential learning, career coaching, internships, and other opportunities are open to Oles through giving.
With you, Oles are ready to shape the world.

As Oles, our convictions, values, and spirit push us to think harder, dive deeper, and aid as many as we can as we engage the world. This passion – and your support – is what drives us to excel together. Through your generosity, you ensure that Oles will always be ready.

Thank you for your support of Oles and of St. Olaf College.

the amount of demonstrated financial need that St. Olaf meets for every admitted student, even as that need changes. Tuition, room, and board cover only 67% of the total cost of a St. Olaf education.


of Oles receive need-based financial aid


of graduates are employed, in graduate school, or engaged in full-time service work (Class of 2019 First Destination Survey)


of Oles are the first in their families to go to college. In 2021 St. Olaf was named a "First-Gen Forward" institution by the Center for First-Generation Student Success.

Oles in Action