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St Olaf College Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 51 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

55% Women
45% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $59,242)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $48,556)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 35 - - -
Basketball 16 16 - Yes
Football 101 - - -
Golf 15 9 - -
Ice Hockey 34 23 Yes -
Other Sports 13 11 - -
Skiing 9 10 Yes -
Soccer 24 25 - Yes
Softball - 18 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 29 34 - -
Tennis 11 12 - -
Track and Field, Indoor 70 72 - -
Track and Field, Outdoor 75 74 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 41 56 - -
Volleyball - 13 - Yes
Wrestling 26 - - -
Badminton - - Yes -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Curling - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - - Yes
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5.2%
Black/non-Hispanic 2.3%
Hispanic 2.1%
Non-resident alien 2.5%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 3.1%
Two or more races 1.1%
White/non-Hispanic 83.5%
Percent of students with disability 6%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 21 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 23
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 4
Property Crime 3
Reviews Dorm Life
  • student2012
  • 2
  • The dorms at St. Olaf are outdated and crowded. However, the beauty of the campus and ease of which you can get around campus makes them tolerable. Living in such…

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  • Andrea from Lenexa, KS
  • 5
  • The sense of community in dorms is very strong and there are many options of rooms to choose from. Some buildings are modern in style, some have intriguing history, all…

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  • Mid-Western Student
  • 4
  • As a small, community based school, St. Olaf has a four-year housing requirement. It is possible to request off-campus housing if you want to live elsewhere, but with your…

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  • Erin from Elmhurst, IL
  • 5
  • Students are respectful but know how to have fun. The community is tight within the cooridors. We had a fun Hoe-Down, Murder-Mystery Party, Fast Food Formal, Winter Walk, breakfasts, and…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Johanna from Longmont, CO
  • I am a current student here

    Okay - the food is good by college standards. But does it live up to the hype? Nope, not at all. "Allergen friendly" turns out to be false, as dishes are mislabeled often.

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  • 5
  • Robert from Ferndale, WA
  • I am a current student here

    The cafeteria here was voted into the top 10 in the NATION! We have a fantastic amount of choices, the food quality is unbelievable, and it never gets old (which is so important when you eat 14-17 meals there a week). Besides the caf, there's a student-run pizza shop, which delivers anywhere on campus and is open really late all week, plus The Cage, which is almost like a fancy concession stand with a huge amount of options. Plenty of variety here, and all of it is grade A quality.

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  • 5
  • Angela from Chanhassen, MN
  • I am a current student here

    Food and dining is delicious and far superior to many other college cafeterias I have been in. St. Olaf's dining hall has been ranked among the top food services in the nation. Many options are available for those on special diets such as those who are gluten free, lactose free, vegetarian,vegan, and even paleo dieters.

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  • 5
  • Tristan from Mount Horeb, WI
  • I am a current student here

    The cafeteria here is great, with ample options so there will most likely always be something you want. We also have a restaurant called The Cage, which is overseen by the same parent company but serves different (also delicious) food.

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  • 5
  • Sean from Oconomowoc, WI
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    I've been reading everywhere that the food is fantastic and consistently nationally ranked in the top 10. It seems like everyone is in love with what's cooking.

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  • 3
  • George from Mountain View, CA
  • I am a current student here

    We've ranked pretty highly on the list for the best cafeteria's in the nation. So, the food here is pretty good, but it eventually might become repetitive. That is when you try some foods from the Cage, travel to downtown Northfield and find a restaurant your interested in, or try your hand at cooking.

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  • 5
  • Ava from Wisconsin
  • I am a current student here

    AMAZING. I have nothing negative to say about the food and dining at St. Olaf. It is sort of a buffet-like style with a few different lines with different types of food for your choosing. Having organic food is very important to the staff and a lot of the food is from nearby farms in Northfield. Theres options for all the food groups and it is very easy to eat healthy (but also not so healthy..the desserts are so yummy!). Lastly, for the vegetarian or gluten free people, there are options all day, every day for them!

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Robert from Ferndale, WA
  • I am a current student here

    THERE IS NO GREEK LIFE! While there isn't a Greek system, students find plenty of ways to have fun. There are off-campus parties, some cool places in-town to check out too. If your deciding factor for picking a school is whether or not you can be in a fraternity/sorority, then you probably don't belong at St. Olaf (and maybe should re-consider your plans for college entirely).

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  • 0
  • Angela from Chanhassen, MN
  • I am a current student here

    Although St. Olaf lacks official greek life there are a variety of honor societies and service fraternities to become involved in

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  • 0
  • Ava from Wisconsin
  • I am a current student here

    There is not a greek life at St. Olaf. One unique thing is that we have Honor Houses. These houses are right along the outer parts of campus. Many are language houses for example I know of the Spanish, Norwegian, Russian, and German houses and I know there are a few more. These language houses host activities pertaining to the language and culture and usually the students that live there are either majors and/or natives from that country. We also have honor houses like the Poetry House, the Gay Pride House, and Diversity House, just to name a few. It is really fun to go down to the houses on the weekends and see what activities will be in store!

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