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St Olaf College

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Date: Mar 18 2003
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St. Olaf offers great academic opportunities as well as study abroad programs, but the downside is that most students are fairly conservative and churchy. In other words, a lot of them are boring and not so open-minded. As an institution, it clings far too firmly to its religious roots. It says it strives to be an "exceptional college of the church." Why not just choose to be an "exceptional college?" Keep the loose affiliation but tone down the church-speak. It would go a long way in attracting diversity in its student body, something St. Olaf SORELY lacks. And I'm not just talking about racial and ethnic diversity, more importantly I'm talking about diversity of thought and opinion. Back in the late 80s and early 90s St. Olaf was moving in that direction. USNews ranked it 20th in its list of national liberal arts colleges, now it's not even in the top teir. Not that rankings are everything, but I believe that fact speaks volumes.
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