private coeducational institution of higher learning in Northfield, southeastern Minnesota, U.S. It is a liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Named for Olaf II, the patron saint of Norway, St. Olaf's School was founded by Norwegian immigrants to southeastern Minnesota in 1874. The academy added a college department in 1886 and became St. Olaf College in 1889; the academy was dissolved in 1917. Total current enrollment is about 3,000.
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