For what it’s worth, I think St Olaf is stronger than Lawrence for voice, organ, and math; the fact it’s not a conservatory means it’s easier to double major and that all students can participate regardless of major, thus attracting very strong musicianship from a lot of students overall (it’s a very “musical” campus, v. very strong conservatory students and non-conservatory students being musical or not, as the two groups are somewhat separate). The “non conservatory” nature is a choice that reflects the way they see high-level musicianship as integrated with all the liberal arts, not a reflection of the students’ level.
Lawrence has the upper hand for STEM, especially physics.
Another difference is that St Olaf is affiliated with the ELCA. There’s a mandatory seminar freshman year where students read parts of the Bible and use it as a springboard to discuss various questions or issues. I know one dealt with catastrophes, dystopias, and the Apocalypse books, another one with Moses in Egypt and the escape to freedom in relation to African American history… Then there’s a required Ethics course and another religion course. They’ve got an Imam, a Rabbi, various representatives of different Christian faiths, and are trying to recruit a professor for Buddhism. There’s a chapel in the middle of campus, with services every morning and weekend (attendance is not mandatory). You can see if their type of faith would be acceptable to you: