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St Olaf College Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how St Olaf College ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is St Olaf College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

St Olaf College was awarded 63 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general psychology.

Overall Quality

St. Olaf is ranked #131 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 37 colleges in Minnesota, St. Olaf is ranked at #4.

See all of the rankings for St Olaf College.

Is It Hard to Get Into St. Olaf?

Acceptance Rate

St Olaf College has an acceptance rate of 43%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for St. Olaf.

Average Test Scores

About 27% of students accepted to St. Olaf submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 690. Math scores were between 570 and 710.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for St Olaf College  ( 580 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for St Olaf College  ( 570 to 710 )
St. Olaf received ACT scores from 80% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for St Olaf College  ( 25 to 31 )

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St Olaf College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At St. Olaf, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 12 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at St Olaf College is 71%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  71 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at St Olaf College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 92% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like St Olaf College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  92 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At St. Olaf the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 84%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  84 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at St. Olaf

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,072 undergraduates at St. Olaf with 3,050 being full-time and 22 being part-time.

St. Olaf Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 88.78 out of 100, St. Olaf is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  88.78 out of 100
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How Much Does St Olaf College Cost?

The overall average net price of St. Olaf is $23,386. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for St. Olaf

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,458 $10,894 $15,155 $20,709 $33,877

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of St. Olaf, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At St. Olaf, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $6,488 a year. That adds up to $25,952 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at St. Olaf is 0.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do St. Olaf Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from St. Olaf with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $50,400 in their early years. That's great news for St. Olaf students since it is 27% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at St Olaf College make the most money.

Location of St Olaf College

St Olaf College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Northfield, Minnesota. The surrounding location of Northfield is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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Location of St Olaf College

Contact details for St. Olaf are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1520 St Olaf Ave, Northfield, MN 55057-1098
Phone: 507-786-2222

St Olaf College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 92 $50,700
General Biology 90 $27,400
Mathematics 73 $43,600
General Psychology 63 $32,700
Political Science & Government 56 $34,400
Chemistry 49 $37,400
Music 46 $24,900
General English Literature 43 $17,700
Romance Languages 35 NA
Natural Resources Conservation 31 $21,200

Learn more about the majors offered at St Olaf College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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