Registrar’s Letter

Message from the Office of the Registrar and Academic Advising

Mary Cisar, Registrar, Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs · registrar@stolaf.edu

Summer-Fall 2014

As Registrar of St. Olaf College, I extend a warm welcome to all of you.  The Office of the Registrar and Academic Advising:

  • Advises students about academics and tracks students’ progress toward graduation;
  • Makes sure there are enough courses for all students each year;
  • Implements academic policies, curriculum, and standards voted by the faculty;

We work with faculty advisors to provide accurate, timely information to students.  Stop by our window in Tomson Hall or e-mail us at registrar@stolaf.edu whenever you have questions about your academic program.

Transfer Credit:
Please contact registrar@stolaf.edu if you have any questions about transfer credits from previous work at another institution or from Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or Post-Secondary Education Option (PSEO) programs.

Registration for Semester I, 2014-15
You may have friends attending other colleges or universities who register for their fall term the summer before starting college. At St. Olaf, we do not have summer registration for several reasons. First, a summer trip to campus would place an extra burden on our new students and parents, especially those who live outside the immediate area. Second, we want our students to base their registration on close consultation with the faculty. We can best provide this type of personalized advising once students arrive on campus in the fall. To that end, a significant portion of our Week One orientation program offers accurate advice about our academic programs ensures that you are appropriately registered. See the information on the Destination 2018 site throughout the summer.

Privacy of Student Records
Like all colleges and universities in the U.S., St. Olaf College is required to comply with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974.  FERPA gives students who reach the age of 18 or who attend a post-secondary institution the right to inspect and review their own education records.  Students have other rights under FERPA, including the right to request amendment of records and to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from these records.  We in the Office of Registrar and Academic Advising communicate directly with students about their academic record (courses, schedule, grades) and are restricted from discussing academic information with others, even parents.  If parents have any questions about a student’s academic record, we ask that you first talk with your student about the matter.

General Education at St. Olaf College
As you begin to think about your St. Olaf education, I invite you to explore the links, “General Education at St. Olaf College,” the “General Education Guidelines,” and “Don’t just Off Those Requirements!,” which introduce you to the principles behind the College’s curriculum and offer some practical strategies for getting the most out of your liberal arts education on the Hill.

On behalf of the staff of the Office of the Registrar and Academic Advising, I wish you all the best as you prepare to begin college at St. Olaf. Safe travels to Northfield. We look forward to meeting you soon!