St Olaf College

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St Olaf College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Northfield, MN, a predominately rural area. There are around 3,400 students enrolled each year at St Olaf College.

Students can report either the SAT or ACT exam scores at this school. A score between 1190 - 1430 on the SAT exam, or 26 - 32 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the St Olaf College average GPA ranges from 3.48 to 3.78 for accepted students. 48% of all students that apply are admitted to St Olaf College, from which 30 percent choose to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall St Olaf College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for St Olaf College was reported as 47.5% in Fall 2020 with over 5,690 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 26 - 32
  • Average GPA: 3.48 - 3.78

How Hard Is It to Get into St Olaf College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to St Olaf College is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for St Olaf College has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 44.8%
  • 2017-2018: 43.2%
  • 2018-2019: 49.9%
  • 2019-2020: 47.5%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 43.8%

How Does St Olaf College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for St Olaf College is nineteen percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Carleton College19.1%
St Catherine University67.3%
Macalester College32.3%
Minneapolis College of Art and Design58.5%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to St Olaf College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading590 - 710
Math600 - 720
Total Score1190 - 1430
ACT®Score Range
English24 - 34
Math25 - 31
Composite Score26 - 32
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