Strengthen Community

Strengthen distinctive components of St. Olaf’s residential community which reinforce experiential learning


$31.5 Million

  • Athletics – $12 million to endow key staffing and coaching positions, and build St. Olaf’s first on-campus indoor ice facility
  • Institute for Freedom and Community – $11.5 million to endow a new center and programming to cultivate civil discourse, free inquiry and meaningful debate about the pressing public issues of our time
  • Center for contemporary Lutheran thought – $4 million to establish a new center that will engage the St. Olaf community in exploring questions of community, faith, meaning, value, and vocation
  • Student Life – $4 million to under gird student life activities, organizations, and club sports

Living and learning in community is at the core of what makes a St. Olaf education distinct. Students who live on campus participate more in social and cultural activities, interact more with faculty and peers, and become more socially and intellectually open-minded.

Our community is greatly enhanced by the many extra- and co-curricular activities available to students on the Hill. Added funding, staffing, facilities and programming will expand opportunities for students to develop the habits of heart and mind necessary to lead lives of balance and purpose.

95% of St. Olaf students live on campus; more than one-third participate in varsity, club and intramural athletics.