How to Apply

Students are encouraged to express an interest in the nursing major upon application for admission to St. Olaf College.

Because enrollment in the program is limited and admission is competitive, early consultation with the department chair is recommended. Interested students are assigned nursing faculty as academic advisors.

Students applying for direct admission to the nursing program

Students intending to major in nursing at the time of application to the college may be considered for direct admission to the nursing program as a first-year student. Direct admission as a first-year student is limited, competitive, and conditional. Students seeking direct admission to the nursing program must complete an additional application to the program at the same time they submit an application to the College.  Students will need to submit a Part One or a Common Application to receive login credentials to access the nursing application.  Applications for the nursing program will be reviewed at the same time as your application for admission to the College.

The deadlines for the nursing program are:

Early Decision 1 Deadline:  November 15
Early Decision 1 Notification:  December 13

Early Decision 2 Deadline:  January 8
Early Decision 2 Notification:  February 1

Regular Decision Deadline:  January 15
Regular Decision Notification:  March 15

Finalists for direct admission to the nursing program will be contacted directly by the department to schedule an interview.

Students not applying or not selected for direct admission to the nursing program

Students who did not apply or who were not selected for first-year direct admission may apply for admission to the nursing major during the first semester of sophomore year.

  • Students not accepted may choose to be placed on a waiting list (you will be notified of your rank). If openings occur, admission will be offered to waitlisted students by rank (highest rank first). Students not accepted may appeal the admission decision to the dean of the college.
  • Waitlisted students may reapply for admission to the nursing program the following year. They will be considered in the next pool of applicants but will not be guaranteed admission because they apply a second time.
  • The nursing major begins in the second semester of sophomore year.

Students needing accommodations who have a documented disability for which accommodations have been provided by the Academic Support Center (ASC) should contact the Department of Nursing. Accommodations will only be provided after a letter from the ASC is submitted to the Department of Nursing chair with sufficient lead-time to arrange accommodations.