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Saint Olaf College

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1874
Affiliation: Lutheran
Academic calendar: 4-1-4
Undergraduate student body: 3,041
Environment: Rural
Endowment: $260,733,200
Admissions Address

1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.7
Send application by: Rolling
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Interim - Jill Lynch
Admissions office telephone: (507) 786-3025
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: Rolling
Decision sent by: Other
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: December 1
Early action
Send application by: December 1
Decision sent by: February 1
Application fee: N/A
Is the fee refundable? N/A
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? N/A
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://www.stolaf.edu/admissions/onlineapp/index.html Tuition deposit: $600 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: None
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 2 4
Science 2 4
Lab 1 2
Foreign language 2 4
Social studies 1 2
History 1 2
Academic electives 2 4
Total academic units 14 24

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: March 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Considered
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 65%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 88%
Early-action acceptance rate: 86%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 32%
Total applicants: 3,529
Total acceptances: 2,292
Total freshman enrollment: 793
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 89%
Male applicants: 1,520
Male acceptances: 960
Male freshman enrollment: 357
Female applicants: 2,009
Female acceptances: 1,332
Female freshman enrollment: 436
Out-of-state freshmen: 43%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 209
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 186
Students enrolled from waiting list: 0

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 51%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 83%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 99%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 78%
Average high school GPA: 3.7
First-year students submitting GPA: 99%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 44%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 580 – 700
Math: 590 – 700
Combined: 1170 – 1400

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 27.6% 26.2%
600-699 44.7% 45.3%
500-599 24.2% 23.9%
400-499 3.1% 4.3%
300-399 0.3% 0.3%
200-299 0.0% N/A

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 86%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 23 – 29
Math: 22 – 31
Composite: 25 – 30

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 31.3% 38.2% 22.6%
24-29 55.9% 44.5% 60.2%
18-23 11.9% 15.1% 15.5%
12-17 0.9% 2.1% 1.6%
6-11 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


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