Graduate and Professional School Outcomes

St. Olaf College prepares its students for successful graduate and professional school outcomes.

  • According to the most recent National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates, St. Olaf ranks 8th overall among the nation’s baccalaureate colleges in the number of graduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees. St. Olaf also earned top-10 rankings in the following fields: Agricultural Sciences (1st); Math/Statistics (2nd); Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Education Administration, and Teaching fields (3rd); Health Sciences (4th); Chemistry and Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering (6th); Humanities (9th); and Business Management and Administration (10th).
  • St. Olaf has had nine Rhodes Scholars, including two St. Olaf seniors who were selected in the 2008 awards competition.
  • Three seniors and recent St. Olaf graduates were named Fulbright recipients for 2021-22. Since 1995, 151 St. Olaf students have received the prestigious Fulbright scholarships.
  • The acceptance rate of St. Olaf’s competitive applicants (defined as cumulative GPA of 3.7 or above and MCAT score of 510 or higher) to medical school (MD or DO degree) from 2019-2021 was 84%. The total St. Olaf applicant acceptance rate during this same period was 67%.

To what extent did your St. Olaf experience prepare you for graduate or professional school? (2021 HEDS Alumni Survey data)


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Very little