Surrounded by farm and prairie land Surrounded by farm and prairie land

Why choose St. Olaf?

  1. Known as “The Hill”, St. Olaf College’s picturesque 300-acre campus is home to 17 academic and administrative buildings, 29 student residences and 10 athletic facilities.
  2. More than 250 registered student organizations are registered at St. Olaf, including academic, athletic, awareness, multicultural, political, religious, service and other special interest groups.
  3. St. Olaf is mentioned in the works of Minnesota author F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose character Jay Gatsby of The Great Gatsby attended the college briefly and worked as a janitor.


Quick Facts:

Location: Northfield, Minnesota, USA

City Population: 20,007

University Population: 3,176

Climate: Minnesota experiences temperature extremes characteristic of its continental climate, with cold winters and hot summers. 

Nearest Airport: Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport


St. Olaf College is a private liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota that was founded in 1874. All but about 175 students live on campus at this residential college. Students have more than 150 student clubs and organisations. More than a third of students are active in one of the many musical organisations, including eight choirs and two orchestras. The school mascot is a costumed lion named Ole.

St. Olaf has a large, wooded campus in Northfield, Minnesota and is surrounded by college-owned farmland and prairies. In tribute to the Norwegian immigrants who founded the college, St. Olaf still offers a robust program in Scandinavian culture, including Norwegian language classes, Nordic film studies, and Viking history courses.