Students are encouraged to express an interest in the nursing major upon application for admission to St. Olaf College. Please view the Direct Admission Process information sheet for more details.
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.
DIRECT ADMISSION Application Information – St. Olaf Nursing Program
Students intending to major in nursing at the time of application to St. Olaf 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 (click on Direct Admission Login Link and Instructions in the yellow main menu box to the right).
The deadlines for applying to the nursing program for direct admission consideration 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 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 their sophomore year at St. Olaf College. Click on How to Apply – St. Olaf Sophomore Admission Information in the yellow main menu box to the right.
Students needing accommodations who have a documented disability for which accommodations have been provided by Disability and Access (DAC), service of Center for Academic Advising and Support (CAAS), should contact the Department of Nursing. Accommodations will only be provided after a letter from DAC is submitted to the Department of Nursing chair with sufficient lead-time to arrange accommodations.