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 3,500 students enrolled each year at St Olaf College.

Students can report either the SAT or ACT exam scores at this school. A score between 1760 - 2110 on the SAT exam, or 26 - 31 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. 59% of all students that apply are admitted to St Olaf College, from which 32 percent choose to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall St Olaf College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for St Olaf College was reported as 59.2% in Fall 2013 with over 4,010 college 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

  • SAT Scores: 1760 - 2110
  • ACT Scores: 26 - 31
  • 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 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for St Olaf College has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 57.4%
  • 2010-2011: 57.2%
  • 2011-2012: 53.0%
  • 2012-2013: 60.4%
  • 2013-2014: 59.2%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 58.1%

How Does St Olaf College Compare?

This School
National Avg

The acceptance rate for St Olaf College is seven percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Carleton College21.0%
Macalester College34.2%
Minneapolis College of Art and Design59.0%
Hamline University65.6%

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 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to St Olaf College (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading590 - 710
Math590 - 710
Writing580 - 690
Total Score1760 - 2110
ACT®Score Range
English26 - 33
Math25 - 31
Composite Score26 - 31
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