St. Olaf College challenges students to excel in the liberal arts, examine faith and values, and explore meaningful vocation in an inclusive, globally engaged community nourished by Lutheran tradition.
St. Olaf is a leader among liberal arts colleges in documenting the outcomes of the educational experience described in its mission. We gather and share evidence that students accomplish the learning goals the college has established, such as critical thinking, effective communication and collaboration, the ability to integrate and apply knowledge, and the capacity for thoughtful reflection on religious belief and ethical convictions. We also track our success in helping students to discern their vocations — what they are called to do — and then to translate their callings into careers and commitments characterized by professional accomplishment, financial independence, and personal fulfillment.
Within one year of their commencement, 95% of St. Olaf graduates report that they are employed, pursuing graduate education, or engaged in full-time service work. Click on the links below to learn more about the educational, professional, and personal outcomes of a St. Olaf education.