Week One Schedule

This schedule will be updated throughout the summer as events and details are finalized. You will receive the final schedule when you check in to your residence hall September 3.

Friday, September 2

  • 2–4 p.m.  Early Auditions and Keyboard Assessments for admitted music majors (see All About Music).

Saturday, September 3

  • 9 a.m. Residence halls open
  • 9–10 a.m. Odd-numbered room check-in
  • 10 –11 a.m. Even-numbered room check-in
  • 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Keyboard Assessments for all music majors (see All About Music)
  • 9 a.m.– Noon International Student Writing Placement, Regents 210
  • International (degree-seeking and exchange) students meet with representatives from the Writing Program, who explain writing placement and the process of selecting appropriate writing courses required of degree-seeking students. Exchange students learn writing course recommendations and options at this time.
  • 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Music Lesson Registration for First-Year Music Majors (see  All About Music)
  • 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Parent Coffee and Information Fair, Buntrock Commons Crossroads (Ground Level)
  • 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Student Employment Work Award Assignment Pickup, Tomson Hall Atrium 1st Level
  • 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. BBQ Lunch, Buntrock Commons, South Plaza (rain site: Stav Hall, 2nd level) Lunch provided continuously during this time.
  • 11:30 a.m. Transfer Student and Families Welcome Program, Buntrock Commons, Vahalla, 2nd Level
  • 1:30 p.m. What It Means To Be an Ole, Buntrock Commons, Lion’s Pause, Ground level
  • 3–3:45 p.m. A St. Olaf WelcomeSkoglund Center Auditorium (This event is the final activity for parents during Week One.)
  • 4–5:00 p.m. New Student/Advisor Meet and Greet immediately following “A St. Olaf Welcome.” Meet your advisor in the Skoglund Athletic Center fieldhouse.
  • 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner at your respective Residence Hall
  • 5:15 and 5:45 p.m. Living on a College Campus, Christiansen Hall of Music, Urness Recital Hall

              5:15 p.m. First-year students living in Kildahl, Ellingson, and Mohn

              5:45 p.m. First-year students living in Kittelsby, Hoyme

  • 7:30 p.m. Corridor Meetings, Your residence hall

Sunday, September 4

  • 9–10 a.m. First-Year Writing Placement, Buntrock Commons 142 (Required for first-year students previously notified by the director of writing.)
  • 9:15 a.m. Volunteer Choir Rehearsal for the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service, Boe Chapel
  • 10:30 a.m. Morning WorshipBoe Chapel
  • 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch, Buntrock Commons, Stav Hall (2nd level)
  • 1 and 3:30 p.m.What’s It All About, Urness Recital Hall – Christiansen Hall of Music (Consult Week One schedule booklet for details about which session to attend)
  • 2 p.m. and 3:30  Bystander Training (Consult Week One schedule booklet for details about which session to attend)
  • 5–6:30 p.m. Dinner, Buntrock Commons, Stav Hall
  • 7 p.m. Maura Cullen: Taking Adversity out of Diversity, Skoglund Center/Auditorium
  • 9:00 p.m. All-Hall Meetings, Your residence hall
  • 10:00 p.m. Residence Hall Activities, Your residence hall

Monday, September 5


The following sessions focus on helping you make a good academic start at St. Olaf. All new students are required to attend all sessions scheduled during the Registration Planning Workshop. Students are assigned to a color group for the workshop sessions.  All workshop session are located in Tomson Hall. CHECK YOUR NAMETAG! A schedule of workshop groups with assigned colors is listed on the next page.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m., 9:45 – 10:45 a.m., and 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Connect with the Academic Program

Tomson Hall

In order to plan and make the most of academic opportunities for the next four years, all students need to know how to navigate the St. Olaf Academic Catalog, the resources available on the Registrar’s Office and departmental websites, and the Student Information System (SIS). This session orients you to the resources that you’ll consult throughout your studies.

Foreign Language: Passport to the World

Tomson Hall 280 (ground floor)

This session helps you make an informed decision about how you will fulfill the college’s foreign language (FOL) requirement. Instructors work interactively with you to dispel certain myths about foreign language study and offer tools to choose the best language for you.

Tying Up Loose Ends (individual activities)

Tomson Hall Atrium (1st level)

You are invited to visit the Tomson Hall Atrium to meet with resource people who can help you interpret your:

  • Placement results (mathematics, chemistry, computer science, French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese)
  • AP, IB, PSEO, transfer, and other non-St. Olaf credits
  • Writing 111 (First-Year Writing) and Religion 121 placement
8:30-9:30 FOREIGN LANGUAGE:               PASSPORT TO THE WORLD (Tomson 280) CONNECT WITH THE                             ACADEMIC PROGRAM                                        (Tomson Hall Room Shown on Your Name Tag) TYING UP LOOSE ENDS               (Tomson Hall Atrium)
9:45-10:45 CONNECT WITH THE                             ACADEMIC PROGRAM                                           (Tomson Hall Room Shown on Your Name Tag) TYING UP LOOSE ENDS               (Tomson Hall Atrium) FOREIGN LANGUAGE:               PASSPORT TO THE WORLD (Tomson 280)

(Tomson Hall Atrium)


(Tomson 280)

CONNECT WITH THE                             ACADEMIC PROGRAM                                         (Tomson Hall Room Shown on Your Name Tag)
  • 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Music Lesson Registration
  • 1:30–4 p.m. Exploring Academic Departments and Programs — faculty-led sessions to help you explore your academic interests. Learn and ask questions about general education (GE) and major/concentration opportunities within departments and programs. Attend as many sessions as possible. Sessions will be offered at the following times: 1:30–2 p.m., 2:10–2:40 p.m., 2:50–3:20 p.m., and 3:30–4 p.m. An “X” indicates that a department’s session is held during that time period.
    Department Location 1:30-2:00 2:10-2:40 2:50-3:20 3:30-4:00
    Africa and the Americas/Race and Ethnic Studies Buntrock 144 x x x
    American Studies & American Conversations Tomson 184 x x
    Anthropology Tomson 186 x x x x
    Art and Art History Dittmann 202 x x x x
    Asian Studies and Asian Conversations Tomson 114 x x x x
    Biology Regents 410 x x x
    Biomolecular Science Regents 290 x
    Center for Integrative Studies (individual major) Tomson 283 x x x x
    Chemistry Regents 310 x x x x
    Chinese (meet with Asian Studies) Tomson 114 x x x x
    Classics (Greek, Latin, Ancient Studies, and Medieval Studies) Tomson 112 x x x x
    Computer Science Regents 203 x x x
    Dance Dittmann, Studio 1 x x x x
    Economics Tomson 210 x x x x
    Education (teacher education and educational studies) Tomson 214 x x x x
    English Rolvaag Library 525 x x x x
    Environmental Studies Regents 390 x x x
    Exercise Science Skoglund Athletic Center, Room 112 x x
    Family Studies and Social Work Rolvaag 420 x x x
    French Tomson 310 x x x x
    German/German Studies Tomson 314 x x x x
    Great Conversation Buntrock Commons, Viking Theater x (Sections A-F)
    History Dittmann 305 x x x x
    Individual Major Tomson 283 x x x x
    International and Off-Campus Studies (domestic and abroad)


    Tomson 108 x x x x
    Japanese (meet with Asian Studies) Tomson 114 x x x x
    Latin American Studies/Spanish Tomson 212 x x x x
    Linguistic Studies Tomson 316 x
    Management Studies Tomson 110 x x
    Mathematics Regents 208 x x x x
    Media Studies/Film Studies Rolvaag Library 520 x x
    Middle Eastern Studies Old Main 240 x x
    Music Urness Recital Hall x x x x
    Music Composition Christiansen 224 x
    Music Education Christiansen 233 x
    Neuroscience Regents 210 x x
    Norwegian/Nordic Studies Tomson 308 x x x x
    Nursing Regents 190 x x x x
    Philosophy Tomson 200 x x x x
    Physics Regents Lab 293 x x x x
    Political Science Rolvaag 515 x x x x
    Pre-Health Regents 190 x x x
    Pre-Pharmacy Regents 435 x
    Pre-Veterinary Regents 204 x
    Psychology Regents 150 x x x x
    Public Affairs Conversation and the Institute for Freedom and Community Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons x x
    Race and Ethnic Studies/Africa and the Americas Buntrock 144 x x x
    Religion and Pre-Theology Old Main 140 x x
    Russian Language and Russian Area Studies Tomson 312 x x x x
    Science Conversation Old Main 340 x x
    Social Work and Family Studies Rolvaag 420 x x x
    Sociology/Anthropology Tomson 186 x x x x
    Spanish/Latin American Studies Tomson 212 x x x x
    Statistics Regents 207 x x
    Theater Kelsey Theater x x x x
    Women’s and Gender Studies Rolvaag 421 x x
  • 5–6 p.m., 6:15–7:15 p.m., 7:30–8:30 p.m.: Schedule Planning Workshops, Tomson Hall (refer to the back cover of your registration manual for exact location)
  • 9 p.m. Outdoor “Drive-In” Movie, Buntrock Commons, South Plaza (rain site: Lion’s Pause) Sponsored by the Student Activities Committee

Tuesday, September 6

  • 8 a.m.–Noon: Meetings with Advisors (by appointment). Your advisor notified you of the time and place of this meeting at the Saturday picnic. All new students meet with advisors for program planning, course planning for fall semester, and final preparation for registration on Tuesday afternoon. Bring your registration packet, draft course schedules, and a pen. Make sure you leave this meeting with your own completed and signed registration card. You must present this card at registration on Tuesday afternoon. Your registration appointment time for Tuesday afternoon is on your registration card that you received Tuesday morning from your advisor.
  • 11 a.m.–Noon or 3–4 p.m. Staff and Student-Led Session on Budgeting, Financial Aid, and Student Employment, Buntrock Commons, Viking Theater
  • Noon–approx. 6 p.m. Registration for New Students (by appointment — see your registration card), Tomson Hall Atrium — Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled registration time (indicated on your registration card), enter Tomson Hall through the east entrance (closest to Regents Hall), and proceed down the large staircase for check-in. Bring your own completed registration card (received from your advisor Tuesday morning), your alternate schedules, and a pen.
  • Noon–4:30 p.m. Signing of the College Book, Office of the President (Tomson Hall 260): Stop at the Office of the President to sign your name in the College Book, which is displayed on the desk of the first president of the college, Thorbjorn Mohn.
  • 1 p.m.–5 p.m.  Library and IT Open House    Rolvaag, Music, and Science Libraries & Information Technology   Join us in the Rolvaag Library for a Brain Bash Party sponsored by the Library & IT: Meet your librarians and technology experts, have a snack, try a variety of fun activities including book-making, green screen fun in the Media Lab studio, and the brain toss!
  • 7 p.m. Being Here: Student Life on the Hill, Boe Memorial Chapel  What do water, wool, lye, and chalk have in common? Find out at this always entertaining and informative program. This fun program has an ending you won’t want to miss!
  • 8:00 p.m. Night in Buntrock, Buntrock Commons: End your busy day with food, music, and activities.

Wednesday, September 7

  • 8 a.m. Fun Run/Walk with Faculty and Staff, Buntrock Commons Crossroads
  • 8 a.m.–3 p.m.  Open time for loose ends.  See full schedule for ideas
  • 9:30-11:30a.m. Sustained Dialogue – Buntrock Black and Gold ballroom – Students in Kittelsby and Hoyme
  • 1-3 p.m. Sustained Dialogue – Buntrock Black and Goldballroom – Students in Kildahl, Ellingson, and Mohn
  • 3 p.m. Veselica Information Session, Dittmann Center, Studio One
  • 4:15 p.m. Companydance Information Session, Dittmann Center, Studio One
  • 5–7 p.m. Cocurricular Extravaganza and Picnic, Buntrock Commons, South Plaza (rain date:  Friday, September 11) : An outdoor festival of campus opportunities for involvement, this Week One tradition has long been a favorite for new and returning students. Representatives from more than 200 student clubs and organizations are available to discuss how to get involved in club sports, volunteer opportunities, student government, and special interest clubs.
  • 7 p.m.  Residence Hall Corridor Week One Wrap-Up in your respective corridor

Thursday, September 8: First Day of Classes

Consult the Student Information System to see your schedule. If you wish to make a change, visit the window in the Office of the Registrar and Academic Advising (Tomson Hall 149). Watch for more information from the college registrar.

  • 11:10 a.m. Opening ConvocationBoe Chapel: The opening of the academic year includes a formal procession of the faculty in academic regalia. This event will be streamed live and archived online.
  • 3–4:30 p.m. GLOW/GSC Ice Cream Social Sponsored by GLOW (Gay, Lesbian or Whatever, and the GSC (Gender and Sexuality Center). Regents Hall, 4th-Floor Atrium
  • 4:30 p.m. Reception Hosted by the Center for Multicultural and International Engagement (CIME), Boe Memorial Chapel Plaza  Rainsite:Tomson Hall, East ‘Lantern’ (3rd floor)
  • 7 p.m. Theater Orientation, Theater Building, Kelsey Theater
  • 8–9 p.m. Theater Audition Workshop, Theater Building, Kelsey Theater

Friday, September 9

  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. Companydance Audition Information Session, Dittmann Center, Studio One
  • 3–6 p.m. and 7–9 p.m. Auditions for Fall Production

Saturday, September 10

  • 1-4 p.m.  Auditions for Fall Production

Sunday, September 11

  • 10:30 a.m. All-College Worship ServiceBoe Chapel (streamed live and archived online)3–6 p.m. and 7–9 p.m. Auditions for Fall Production for Fall Production
  • 1 – 4 p.m.Call backs for Fall Theater Production  – Kelsey Theater, Theater Building

Monday, September 12

  • 3:30–5:30 p.m. Companydance auditions for Juniors and Seniors, Dittmann Center, Dance Studio One

Tuesday, September 13

  • 3–4:15 p.m.  Vesilica Auditions, Dittmann Center, Dance Studio Three
  • 4–5:30 p.m. Dance Companies audition for First-Years and Sophomores, Dittmann Center, Dance Studio One