Saint Olaf College, founded in 1874, is a private, church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Two thirds of its student body participates in international study programs, and approximately one third of students participate in musical organizations. It also offers special academic programs, such as the Great Conversation Program. Its internationally acclaimed St. Olaf choir, band and orchestra go on at least one major U.S. tour each year and perform internationally every few years. Its 350-acre campus, including several buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries, is located in Northfield, 45 miles south of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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collegeType
Private
studentType
Coed
2,988
Undergraduates
1,261
Men - 42.2%
1,728
Women - 57.8%
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Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
47% of 6,480 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.68
SAT Math
680 average
620-710 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
670 average
620-720 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
31 average
28-33 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
$69,600
Tuition and Fees
$54,650
Room and Board
$12,450
Average Percent of Need Met
95%
Average Freshman Award
$49,910
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$27,797
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Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
219
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
9%
10-19
48%
20-29
31%
30-39
8%
40-49
1%
50-99
3%
Over 100
0%
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Northfield Population
20,756
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
90% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Lion
Sororities
Not reported
Fraternities
Not reported
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.1%
Asian
7%
Black/African-American
3.7%
Hispanic/Latino
9.2%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
4.7%
White
74.8%
Unknown
0.6%
International Students
10.1% from 87 countries
First-Year Students Returning
90.7%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
80.8%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
66%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
17.0%
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