St. Olaf College

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world rank  951

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Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a non-profit private liberal arts higher-education institution located in the suburban setting of the large town of Northfield (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Minnesota. Officially accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, St. Olaf College is a small (uniRank enrollment range: 3,000-3,999 students) coeducational US higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Lutheran religion. St. Olaf College offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 146 years old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 50-60% making this US higher education organization a averagely selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. St. Olaf College also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.

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University Identity

Founded 1874
Motto Fram! Fram! Kristmenn, Krossmenn
Forward! Forward! Men of Christ, Men of the Cross
Colours Black and old gold

University Location

Address 1520 St Olaf Avenue
55057-1098 Minnesota
United States
Tel +1 (507) 786 2222
Fax +1 (507) 786 3832

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
Not reported
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
Not reported

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University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
New Admission Requirements - Secondary school GPA is required
- Secondary school rank is recommended
- Secondary school record is required
- Completion of college-preparatory program is required
- Recommendations are required
- Formal demonstration of competencies is recommended
- Admission test scores are required
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required
- Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) are neither required nor recommended
Admission Rate 50-60%
Admission Office 1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield 55057
(507) 646 3025
800 800 3025

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Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 3,000-3,999
Academic Staff 300-399
Control Type Private
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar 4-1-4
Campus Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation Christian-Lutheran Christian-Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church In America -

Carnegie Classification New

Basic Classification Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
2000 Classification Baccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Size & Setting Four-year, medium, highly residential institution
Enrollment Profile Exclusively undergraduate four-year
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Arts & sciences focus, no graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Not Classified (Exclusively Graduate Programs)

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to St. Olaf College's Library
St Olaf College's library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2018 the library has reported 417,994 physical volumes, 26,577 physical media, 234,433 digital/electronic medium and 351 licensed digital/electronic databases. St Olaf College's library has 2 branches.
Housing Yes
St. Olaf College provides on-campus housing. The total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 2,770 students in the 2018 academic year.
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Not reported
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Services Yes
Institutional Hospital Not reported

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Institutional Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), Commission on Accreditation
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

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Memberships and Affiliations

  • Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

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