Prospective Parents

Education for the 21st Century

All parents have two basic questions in mind as their sons and daughters look ahead to college:

  • Will this be a good investment?
  • How will we afford it?

From the first day on campus, all the way to graduation and beyond, St. Olaf helps students prepare for their futures. That’s four years of great classes, internships, study abroad, and all of the extracurricular activities that make college fun. We want every student to take full advantage of the educational experience and resources we offer. Since many of our students are over-achievers, they often pursue two or three majors. Each one can lead to a promising career.


We are one of the most transparent colleges in the nation is providing information about immediate activities of our most recent graduates. You can check out our Outcomes page for full details, but here’s the quick version: about 90 percent of the class of 2013 was employed, working for national or international service organizations, or in graduate or professional schools by the fall after graduation. We are proud of these results.


St. Olaf has a long tradition of meeting the demonstrated need of all admitted students. Our financial aid web pages have detailed information about scholarships, need-based financial aid, and a Net Price Calculator that will give you an estimate of what kind of financial aid your son or daughter might receive.

Where Does it Lead?

Academically challenging, intensely residential, globally aware, and built on the strong foundation of our Lutheran tradition, the St. Olaf experience develops skills that lead to long-term success: financial independence, professional accomplishment, personal fulfillment, and community engagement. There is an enthusiastic alumni network spanning the globe, ready and willing to open doors and welcome new Oles.

That’s a great investment.