Our residence life centers around four core values: commitment, creativity, conversation, and community. These are some of the hallmarks of a St. Olaf education. In terms of community, we’re a residential college. We want people around. Having students live together from different parts of the country, or world, is part of the St. Olaf experience. In addition to the learning you do in class, you’ll find that exploring the vast experience other students bring will add another layer to the exploration you’re already undertaking. At St. Olaf learning occurs in and out of the classroom.
Our co-ed halls house men and women on separate floors or corridors. First-year students live in one of five residence halls: Ellingson Hall, Hilleboe-Kittelsby Halls, Hoyme Hall, Kildahl Hall, and Mohn Hall. Sophomores, junior and seniors can choose from 7 other residence halls or about a dozen Honor Houses, each organized around a community service theme or project.
For many first-year students, living sharing a room is a new experience. Whether your roommate is from halfway down the block or halfway around the world, you’ll likely find that he or she is your first friend at St. Olaf, and often a best friend for life. We’ll do everything we can to make sure you and your roommate are the best match possible. Residence Life is much more complicated than simply assigning roommates. The Res Life staff – particularly your Junior Counselor (JC) – will coordinate floor meetings, organize activities, and help guide you through the challenges of adjusting to college life.
The residential nature of St. Olaf brings it all together. From extracurricular activities, to classes, to sharing global experiences, living in community ensures that you continually learn from people throughout the St. Olaf community.