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In 2018, 100 percent of the students who applied to dental school from St. Olaf were accepted to one or more programs. Among them were (from left) Nicole Nothongkham ’18, Annika Johnson ’18, and Simon Broccard ’18.

The Piper Center supports all pre-health students and graduates on a variety of career paths as they develop into future healthcare professionals. We work holistically with students at all stages of their career exploration, encouraging self-reflection and stressing the importance of intellectual development, personal integrity, and professionalism. Through individual coaching appointments, workshops, and opportunities to explore interests, skills, and goals, Oles build a strong foundation for a competitive application and a meaningful future career.


Acceptance rate of *competitive candidates to medical (MD) schools in 2021-22


Overall acceptance rate to dental schools in the past two years (2020-21, 2021-22)


MD and DO schools where Oles matriculated in the past year (2021-22)

* competitive candidates are defined as having a GPA of 3.7 or above, and an MCAT score of 510 or higher

Internships and Research in Pre-Health

2019 Mayo

The 2019 Health Scholars at Mayo Clinic.

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Nursing at St. Olaf

The St. Olaf College Nursing Program takes a holistic approach to the field of nursing; integrating development of the whole person, a commitment to lifelong learning, and service to others. Ole nurses are well prepared for professional practice and/or graduate school to earn advanced degrees. After four years of study, students are eligible to complete the RN licensure examination offered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

(Image on the right) Ole nursing majors using the new nursing department simulation for class.

Learn More About Nursing at St. Olaf

View Current Nursing Events & Opportunities in Handshake

Click here to see current events and opportunities for students to gain experience in nursing.

Coaching and Resources

St. Olaf has a range of pre-health internships from structured shadowing during interim to cohort summer internships at hospitals. The Piper Center has collaborated with organizations from a small private business to a destination medical center to encourage students to explore a range of medical settings.

Please stop by the Piper Center anytime during business hours to have an initial conversation with a Peer Advisor. When you are ready to go further and meet with our Pre-Health career coach, Dana Rechtzigel, please schedule an appointment through Handshake. To meet with Kevin Crisp, Chair of Health Professions Committee, please schedule an appointment for his office hours in the Piper Center through Handshake.