Please note: This is NOT the most current catalog.
St. Olaf encourages applications from all interested
persons and seeks to assemble a student body which reflects a
variety of geographic, cultural, economic, racial, ethnic and
religious backgrounds. We seek to fill each class with a diverse
and energetic group of students who are eager to undertake the
challenges of a liberal arts education. We admit those we believe
will have a successful experience and in determining admission
we consider academic achievement, academic aptitude and personal
qualifications as well as leadership and significant involvement
in school and community.
If you have questions about the application process
please contact the Admissions Office at (800) 800-3025. Many
students find a campus visit helpful in their search for a college.
If you would like information about scheduling a campus visit,
please contact the campus visit coordinator at 800-800-3025 800-ASKOLAF (800)
A secondary school program combining breadth and
depth is an excellent preparation for study at St. Olaf. Advanced
Placement or enriched courses, when available, are particularly
helpful. We recommend a program of study that includes the following:
- Four years of English;
- Three to four years of mathematics;
- Two to three years of natural science;
- Three to four years of social studies; and
- Two to three years of the same second language, including
study in the senior year.
We advise students to pursue an academically rigorous
high school program that emphasizes creativity, writing and critical
analysis. Analytic and quantitative skills developed in such
courses as trigonometry and pre-calculus are important for all
students. In addition, we encourage students to take academic
electives such as computer science, economics, the fine arts,
geography, journalism, sociology, speech and world history. Keyboarding,
word processing, health and physical education, while valued,
are not substitutes for academic subjects.
Students who have not pursued the program of studies
suggested above but who are looking for a challenging academic
program are encouraged to arrange to meet with an admissions
representative. Careful attention is given to each application
and explanations of special circumstances are appreciated. St.
Olaf offers entry-level courses designed to meet the diverse
needs and qualifications of entering students.
In making admission decisions, each application
is reviewed on its merits, without regard to financial need.
Applicants to St. Olaf must submit:
- A $40 $35 application fee.
- The St. Olaf Application for Admission, available from
the Admissions Office, or the Common Application, available
from high school guidance offices or online at http://www.stolaf.edu/admissions/onlineapp/.
(St. Olaf is among the colleges that accept the Common Application
(CA) form, either paper or online. Students using the CA
are assured of the same consideration given to applicants
who use the St. Olaf form. St. Olaf applicants using the
Common Application must also submit the St. Olaf Common Application
Supplement which is available from the Admissions Office.)
- An official transcript from an accredited high school
or equivalent (see below). This transcript should
include grades as follows:
- Early Decision: Through the junior
- Early Action: Through the junior year first quarter or first trimester
of the senior year
- Regular Decision: Through first semester or second
trimester of the senior year
- Scores from either the American College Test (ACT) or the
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT1) (see below). Please consult the
Admissions Office if you have any questions.
- Two letters of recommendation from teachers of academic
subjects. Candidates are also welcome to submit personal recommendations
from coaches, music instructors, pastors and others who know
the candidate well, but such recommendations are optional.
HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT
An official transcript of the high school academic
record should be sent by the high school to the Office of Admissions.
The transcript must show the record of completed high school
work, rank in class (where provided) and aptitude test scores.
This transcript should include grades as follows:
Early Decision: Through the junior year (courses
in progress senior year)
Early Action: Through the junior year (courses in progress senior year) Through first quarter or first trimester of the
Regular Decision: Through first semester or second trimester
of the senior year
COLLEGE ENTRANCE TESTS
Anxiety about test scores is a significant concern
for many college applicants. Often this anxiety is inappropriate
for St. Olaf applicants. Of the academic factors considered,
the single most important is the achievement record as shown
by the candidate’s
high school transcript. Test results are an important, but
clearly secondary, factor. Applicants are advised to take either
the ACT or SAT early in the college admissions process, but
preferably not later than January of the senior year. High
school guidance offices have information on the tests, test
dates, testing centers, and registration procedures.
TYPES OF APPLICATION
Three types of application — Early Decision, Early Action,
and Regular Decision — are available to students:
A. Early Decision Application
Candidates for whom St. Olaf is the first choice
may choose to apply under Early Decision. Under Early Decision,
qualified candidates who apply by November 1 15 of the senior year
in high school will receive an admission decision mailed by December
1 15. Early Decision is a commitment application process which
means that Early Decision candidates agree that St. Olaf is
their first choice and that an offer of admission will be accepted
within ten days of notification of admission or within ten
days of a financial aid decision and that the candidate will
not initiate any new applications at other colleges upon committing
to St. Olaf. Early Decision candidates must take the SAT or
ACT before, or very early in, the senior year so that the test
results will reach the college no later than November 1 15. St.
Olaf expects that all candidates who apply under Early Decision
will honor their commitments. Students who do not feel that
they can honestly abide by the requests made under Early Decision
should apply under our Early Action or Regular Application
procedure. Candidates who are unsure as to whether or not Early
Decision is appropriate should contact the Admissions Office
for more information.
B. Early Action
Candidates who wish to be considered for the Buntrock
Regent Scholarship (the top academic scholarship at St. Olaf)
or who are interested in earlier notification of admission should
apply under Early Action. Early Action candidates must complete
their application by December 1 15 of the senior year. Early
Action admission decisions will be mailed on February 1. High
School transcripts for Early Action candidates must include
grades from first quarter or first trimester of the senior
C. Regular Application
Candidates not applying under Early Decision or
Early Action will be considered for admission using our regular
application procedure. Regular Application candidates may apply
at any point during their senior year, but are encouraged to
apply no later than February 1 to receive full consideration
by the admissions committee. Second trimester or fall semester
grades must have been received by the Admissions Office before
an application will be reviewed. Admission decisions are sent
on a rolling basis beginning March 1.
ADMISSION TO THE BACHELOR OF MUSIC PROGRAM
St. Olaf holds individual auditions for students
who apply to the Bachelor of Music program or who wish to be
considered for a music scholarship. Candidates must submit a
taped audition by December 31 January 15 of the senior year. For more information
about auditions, contact the Music Department at (507) 646-3297.
Students applying to the Bachelor of Music program must be
admitted to the college prior to admission to the Bachelor
of Music Degree. Bachelor of Music candidates may use any of
the types of application including Early Decision, Early Action,
or Regular Decision.
ADMISSION OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
College courses completed in accredited liberal
arts colleges and universities may be transferred toward a St.
Olaf degree. Students who transfer to St. Olaf from other colleges
are required to follow the regular application procedure and
submit an official college transcript for each college attended
and a completed dean’s form (available from the St. Olaf
Admissions Office) from the dean of students of their most recent
college or university. After the official transcript is submitted
to the Office of Admissions, the assistant registrar will provide
the transfer applicant with a written evaluation of credits accepted
by St. Olaf.
A maximum of 18 courses may be transferred. St.
Olaf requires a residency of 17 courses over the equivalent of
two years. The grades earned at other institutions are entered
on the St. Olaf record but are not calculated in the St. Olaf
Grade Point Average.
“Transfer Courses and Credits,” as follows and in the
Academic Regulations section of this catalog, contains important
information about limitations on future transfer courses taken
at other colleges after a student transfers to St. Olaf. Transfer
students should also refer to the credit scale printed later in
this chapter. Questions should be directed to the Office of the
Registrar at (507) 646-3015.
The Office of Admissions welcomes applications
from American and international students from around the world.
A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based exam and 213
on the computer-based exam is required for non-U.S. citizens
seeking admission. The application deadline is February 1 for
admission the following September.
Services to international students include airport
pickups, special orientation sessions, peer counselors, intercultural
programs, friendship family program and academic, financial
and U.S. Immigration counseling.
St. Olaf College was approved for non-immigrant
students by the Immigration and Naturalization Service on December
15, 1983, file number SPM 214F0253.000, and is authorized under
federal law to enroll F-1 and J-1 non-immigrant students.
NATIONAL CANDIDATE REPLY DATE
Students admitted under Early Action or Regular
Decision must notify the Admissions Office of their college choice
by May 1 of the senior year, which is the national candidate
reply date. To confirm enrollment, an initial payment is to be
made on or before May 1 and will be credited towards the student’s
comprehensive fee. An additional payment is due by June 15
to confirm the student’s intention to enroll. These payments
are neither refundable nor transferable.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND CREDIT
The fields in which Advanced Placement and credit
may normally be obtained are: art (history and studio), biology,
chemistry, English, French, German, government, history (European
or American), Latin, mathematics, music, Norwegian, physics,
politics, psychology, Russian and Spanish. See the Academic Regulations
section of this catalog for details on Advanced Placement credit.
TRANSFER COURSES AND CREDIT
Consult the “Transferring to St. Olaf” portion
of the Academic Regulations section of this catalog for details.
SPECIAL AND PART-TIME STUDENTS
“Special” students are defined as short-term (one year
or less) students who do not plan to graduate from St. Olaf. Such
students must apply for special admission status with the Admissions
Office and submit transcripts from any colleges previously attended.
“Part-time” students are those who intend to graduate
from St. Olaf and who register for fewer than three courses. Such
students must also apply to the Admissions Office.