St. Olaf College: Narrative Description

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1520 St. Olaf Ave.
Northfield, MN 55057-1098
Tel: (507)646-2222
Free: 800-800-3025
Admissions: (507)646-3025
Fax: (507)646-3832
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Lutheran, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1874. Setting: 300-acre small town campus with easy access to Minneapolis-St. Paul. Endowment: $190.8 million. Research spending 2003-04: $642,789. Educational spending 2003-04: $13,075 per student. Total enrollment: 3,046. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 3,144 applied, 64% were admitted. 47% from top 10% of their high school class, 80% from top quarter, 98% from top half. 50 National Merit Scholars, 72 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,973 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 73 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 18 other countries, 45% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 1% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 1% 25 or older, 96% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 92% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; visual/performing arts; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at Augsburg College, Minnesota Intercollegiate Nursing Consortium, Oak Ridge Science semester, Biosphere 2 Earth semester, HECUA programs, Environmental Science at Superior Studies site. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early decision, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/15 for early decision, 12/15 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/6 for early decision, 2/1 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $32,800 includes full-time tuition ($26,500) and college room and board ($6300). College room only: $3100. Part-time tuition: $828 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 114 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Alpha Phi Omega, Habitat for Humanity, College Democrats, College Republicans. Major annual events: Homecoming/Family Weekend, Christmas Festival, Co-curricular Extravaganza. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, lighted pathways and sidewalks. 2,725 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Rolvaag Memorial Library plus 2 others with 697,516 books, 6,567 microform titles, 2,149 serials, 12,672 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.7 million. 755 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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