Saint Olaf College is a private, residential, coeducational, four-year liberal arts college located in Northfield, Minnesota. It was founded in 1874 by Norwegian Lutheran immigrant pastors and farmers led by Pastor Bernt Julius Muus. The college is named after the former king and patron saint of Norway – Olaf II.
Today, Saint Olaf College ranks among the top 20 small colleges. Each year, an average of six Saint Olaf students are awarded the Fulbright Scholarship. Since 1910, it has produced nine Rhodes Scholars including two in 2007 alone.
There are approximately 3,000 students enrolled at the college, coming from 50 states and 30 countries outside of the United States. With a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1, students are guaranteed a focused, one-on-one interaction with their professors. A residential college, Saint Olaf requires all freshman students to live on campus in line with its belief that making students live in community with one another will teach them how to relate with other individuals who may be different from them.
Academically, the college is organized into the various departments of Fine Arts; Humanities; Interdisciplinary and General Studies; Natural Sciences and Mathematics; and Social Sciences.
Estimated cost of attendance for academic year 2010-2011 is US$47,200 broken down into full-year tuition cost of US$36,800; room and board at US$8,500; books and supplies at US$1,000; and personal expenses estimated at US$900. Financial aid in the form of loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study arrangements is extended by the college to make sure that students are able to pay for their cost of attendance.
For more information on admissions, college majors, degrees offered, online programs, athletics, school rankings, tuition, scholarships and financial aid options, please contact Saint Olaf College.