Finance Fast-Track

The Finance Fast-Track is an opportunity for incoming students to access an accelerated course progression in order to prepare for certain competitive careers in finance. Accepted students will take recommended finance and accounting courses in their first two years at St. Olaf. Students participating in this opportunity must eventually choose an economics major with an area of emphasis in finance. (Adding a second major or concentration is permitted.) In addition to the course requirements, the Piper Center for Vocation and Career will organize and lead other activities for Fast-Track students to help them prepare for these finance careers.

Typical First Year Schedule

  • FYS 120 or WRIT 120 or Conversation Program
  • World Language
  • Econ 121 (if no equivalent AP/IB credit)
  • OLE Core/Elective
  • OLE Core/Elective
  • FYW 120 or WRIT 120 or Conversation Program
  • World Language
  • MGMT 225
  • OLE Core/Elective
Additional Information
  • To apply for Finance Fast-Track, fill out and submit the application at this linkNote that enrollment is limited and admission is competitive.
  • Credit for Economics 121 is given to students who (1) receive scores of 4 and above on BOTH the AP Macroeconomics and the AP Microeconomics Examinations, (2) earn a 6 or a 7 on the IB Higher Level (HL) Examination in Economics, or (3) earn an A (a*) on the Cambridge A Level Exam in Economics.
  • Credit toward the economics major for transfer courses or other programs is done in consultation with the Registrar and the Economics Department Chair.
  • Not applicable.

Students can meet individually with Professor Rick Goedde (Management Studies Dept) with any registration questions or concerns related to the Finance Fast-Track.


Faculty: Professor Rick Goedde, Associate Professor of Economics (
Piper Center: Kirsten Cahoon, Senior Associate Director, Employer and Alumni Relations (