St. Olaf College

St. Olaf is a liberal arts college of the church with world-class programs in music and mathematics. We're also recognized for our science research, our intensive global focus and the percentage of our alumni who go on to graduate school.

St. Olaf is an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts college in which coursework is integrated across disciplines to develop individuals who think broadly and deeply.

St. Olaf is a college of the church where conversations about faith are part of daily life.

St. Olaf inspires students to act on intellectual ideas and ethical ideals to better the world at home and abroad.

St. Olaf students become part of an enduring community that takes pride in its traditions and its innovations.

St. Olaf fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit.


United States

1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Phone: 507-786-3248
Fax: 507-786-3332

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Our Aims

St. Olaf, a four-year college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, provides an education committed to the liberal arts, rooted in the Christian Gospel, and incorporating a global perspective. In the conviction that life is more than a livelihood, it focuses on what is ultimately worthwhile and fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit.

Now in its second century, St. Olaf College remains dedicated to the high standards set by its Norwegian immigrant founders. In the spirit of free inquiry and free expression, it offers a distinctive environment that integrates teaching, scholarship, creative activity, and opportunities for encounter with the Christian Gospel and God's call to faith. The college intends that its graduates combine academic excellence and theological literacy with a commitment to lifelong learning.

St. Olaf College strives to be an inclusive community, respecting those of differing backgrounds and beliefs. Through its curriculum, campus life, and off-campus programs, it stimulates students' critical thinking and heightens their moral sensitivity; it encourages them to be seeke...  [ Read All ]

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Location and Getting there

St. Olaf is located in Northfield, Minnesota, approximately 35 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  

Department and information about the department

From the cave paintings of prehistoric times to the electronic art of today, the making of visual images has been a vital form of communication and personal expression. The St. Olaf Department of Art and Art History provides students the opportunity to create and interpret such images, that they may better understand themselves, history, and the role of art-making in a rapidly changing world.

Our traditional concerns for design, history, and technical expertise are balanced by a fostering of critical thinking, innovation, and exploration of new ideas in a range of media. A variety of strengths makes this possible: an active, professional faculty; a demanding foundation program in design; numerous domestic and international programs; creative curriculum development in art history, including film history and Asian art history; and innovative courses in video, digital media, photography, and architectural drawing and design.

We maintain on- and off-campus programs of the highest standard in order to give students the most profound experiences. The department, with 16 full- and part-time faculty, offers B.A. degrees in art history...  [ Read All ]

Academic Staff and Description  

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Information For  Undergraduates  

Information For  International Students

St. Olaf College is a private liberal arts college offering programs leading to a bachelor's degree (bachelor of arts and bachelor of music). Graduate programs are not available at St. Olaf. Located in the safe surroundings of a small town in southern Minnesota, St. Olaf offers a secure community in which to pursue a degree of higher learning. We typically enroll 60-70 international students each year. You will find the college small enough to be a caring community yet large enough to be diverse.  


Student Facilities

Dittmann Center is a beautiful, newly renovated facility for the Art/Art History and Dance Departments, located in the center of campus.  

Student Life

The Office of Student Activities program at St. Olaf College is designed to complement the academic program of studies and enhance the overall educational experience of students through development of, exposure to, and participation in social, cultural, intellectual, recreational, and governance programs -- and we have some fun in the process!

Most activities are planned through the joint efforts of the branches of the Student Government Association.

The office staff is available to help students and any of the over 100 student organizations with a wide variety of issues, from program planning and publicity to entertainment contracting.

Stop by the office or call 507- 786-3999 for information on any of the programs or to simply get involved.  


How To Apply  

Visit us (open days)

We encourage students and their families to visit the campus, meet an admissions counselor and take a tour. High school seniors can also attend a class and meet a faculty member if visiting during the academic year.  

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