- Founded in 1874 by Norwegian Lutheran immigrants, St. Olaf is a nationally ranked liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
- Its 3,000 students are drawn to St. Olaf from 43 states and 19 foreign countries.
- St. Olaf is recognized for its innovative approaches to undergraduate science education, our long-standing engagement in global education and our commitment to environmental sustainability.
- St. Olaf offers 43 graduation majors, including 15 teaching certifications, 18 concentrations and 17 pre-professional fields.
- Although only one major is required for graduation, many students choose multiple majors, of which the most popular are English, biology, mathematics, economics, and psychology.
Summer Bridge, a five-week summer experience for entering first-year students, is anchored by a laboratory-based course, Issues in Biology. Student learning is augmented by Supplemental Instruction, a program that teaches study and writing skills and provides individual and group tutorials. A full-time advisor and six St. Olaf biology majors, many of whom are former Summer Bridge students, lead Supplemental Instruction. Summer Bridge Program participants receive housing, meals, instruction, books, supplies, and one college credit for participating in the biology course. Program features include:
- Orientation to St. Olaf and college life in general
- Writing and Supplemental Instruction (Study skills)
- Biology 121 (Earn a course credit)
- Work opportunities at St. Olaf
- Academic Advising
- Social and Cultural Activities
- Summer Bridge Review Book
In addition to the academic activities, the Summer Bridge program also offers a number of social events focused on cohort building between the participants. These include field trips to the Twin Cities, canoeing and camping, a variety show, and opening and closing banquets.