New Student Information


This questionnaire is designed to guide you in thinking about your goals and interests as you begin to plan your St. Olaf education.


Placement Exams are offered in French, German, Spanish, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics. New students should review placement information on the Destination web site to complete all applicable placement processes before arriving on campus for Week One orientation.

REGISTRATION FOR RELIGION 121 or WRITING 111:  July 17 at 8:30 a.m. (CDT) – July 21 at noon (CDT).

As part of St. Olaf College’s General Education curriculum, students must complete two courses during the first year of enrollment. These courses are Religion 121 (Bible, Culture, and Community) and Writing 111 (First Year Writing).

The course choice submission period for Religion 121 and Writing 111 registration is Friday, July 17 at 8:30 a.m. (CDT) – Tuesday, July 21 at noon (CDT).

Students exempted from having to complete Religion 121 and Writing 111 registration are:

  • Great Conversation students (Great Con satisfies BTS-B GE in Interim and FYW GE in spring semester). Students accepted into Great Con will automatically be registered into a section of GCON 113.
  • American Conversations students (American Con 102 satisfies FYW GE in spring semester). Students accepted to American Con will take Religion 121 in either fall or spring semester.  Students will be notified prior to course submission period if they are required to submit Religion course choices or wait until spring semester registration period in November.
  • Environmental Conversations students will be automatically registered to take either Religion 121E Land, Food and Justice in Biblical Traditions or Writing 111M The Nature of Nature Writing in fall semester.  You will take the other course in spring semester.
  • International degree-seeking students will be taking writing placement on Saturday, Sept 5.   After writing placement results are available, registration for either Religion 121 or Writing 111 will be  done.
  • International exchange students (students studying one year or less at St. Olaf) are not required to take Religion 121 or Writing 111

Listed below are links to section descriptions for Religion 121 and Writing 111.

Religion 121 Descriptions

Writing 111 Descriptions

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl LaCroix.