International Applications

St. Olaf College is a private college of the liberal arts and sciences. We have an excellent track record preparing students for top graduate and professional schools, with particularly strong programs in mathematics, computer science, and statistics, the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics), the fine arts (art, dance, music, and theater), and the humanities (philosophy, religion, and theology). Some of the most popular majors among international students include economics, political science, sociology/anthropology, and environmental studies. International students are encouraged to work with the college’s Piper Center for Vocation and Career to find student-faculty research projects and internships that strengthen career preparation.

Located in a small town only 65 km (40 miles) from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport, St. Olaf offers a secure community in which to pursue your education. More than 250 International students from 81 countries are an important part of the campus community. The college’s emphasis on languages, international study, and a global perspective make this an excellent place for international students to live and learn. You will find the college small enough to be a caring community, yet large enough to offer a wide variety of beliefs, perspectives, and experiences.

General Information

At St. Olaf an international student is defined as someone who requires a student visa (F-1, J-1, etc.) to study in the U.S. Jenny Howenstine (write to her at works with international students as well as with American citizens living outside of the United States. Once you arrive at St. Olaf, you can look forward to working with an international student advisor and be involved with an active International Student Organization. To learn more about International Student Services, see the International Student Life site.

The information below is intended to help answer some of the questions you may have about applying to St. Olaf. Detailed information about majors, courses, and requirements may be found in the Academic Catalog.

For general information about studying in the U.S., visit the nearest EducationUSA office in your area.


International students may apply under our Applying Early options or Regular Decision (application deadline January 15) process. Applicants should have completed secondary education before enrolling at St. Olaf, and should have successfully completed any national examinations normally required at the end of secondary study for university admission in their home countries.