For St. Olaf College, residential life is a strong defining feature of the student life experience. During the four years students live on campus, they will live or socialize within most of St. Olaf’s eleven residence halls. An investment in the residential buildings on campus could yield an even more engaging and impactful student experience. The diverse learning opportunities, both in the classroom and in the residence halls bring students together in an educational community that provides them with meaningful undergraduate learning experiences and lifelong memories.
The purpose of The The Student Housing Study is to assess how the College will continue to provide an exceptional on-campus student residential experience through potential new housing and renovations to current residence halls on the St. Olaf College campus. As an essential first step, the Scion/Workshop Team utilized qualitative and quantitative data with precise analytics to ensure that planning decisions encompass the true demand for future student housing. Furthermore, different renovation scenarios were explored relative to their impact on capital improvements, student experience, cost, and beds count.