of students living on campus or in college-owned houses nearby
on the “Best Campus Food” list according to the Princeton Review
student organizations and clubs
SPACE TO EXPLORE
325 acres of prairie, wetlands and woodlands that adjoin the campus.
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CLUBS AND ORGS
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Ranked #2 for students participating in study abroad.Explore!
We encourage the exploration of faith, values, and personal fulfillment. St. Olaf is grounded in its Lutheran tradition, but you’ll find students and faculty from all of the world’s great religions, as well as people who may not claim any faith tradition. About a quarter of our students identify themselves as Lutheran. We all share a commitment to respect others’ beliefs, and a willingness to explore the role religion and faith play in all cultures. Those conversations take many forms and lead in many directions in and out of the classroom.
100% carbon-free electrical power
The college has worked to achieve a significant reduction in both per capita and total annual carbon emissions and has been able to achieve very low carbon-per-student rate of 5.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalencies.
Local and sustainable food sources
Bon Appétit, the St. Olaf food service provider, purchases from 15 local producers of fruits and vegetables, beef, lamb, pork, and dairy. STOGROW, the student-run organic farm, provides food products directly to Bon Appétit.
Restoring our Natural Lands
More than 325 acres of restored native tallgrass prairie, wetlands, and woodlands adjoining the campus — provide an ideal outdoor laboratory for the sciences and environmental preservation.
Recycling and Composting
The college’s recycling program is directly tied to the county’s co-mingled system. Recycling bins are provided for each student room and are present in every office or department on campus.