Stillwater-native Monique Rondeau knew she wanted to go to a small liberal arts college. The first person in her family to go to college, her research into liberal arts colleges in the Midwest put St. Olaf College on her radar. Although affordability was a major consideration, it wasn’t the only factor. “I looked at a couple other liberal arts colleges that I knew I could get a great education at, and they all gave me similar financial aid packages. I felt like I was going to be the most successful at St. Olaf,” she said.