New Student Orientation



You will likely hear the phrase “Welcome to St. Olaf” dozens of times over the coming months and trust us, we mean it! We are thrilled you are joining our St. Olaf community and we cannot wait to welcome you as you begin your St. Olaf experience! New Student Orientation is here to help you as you navigate the college transition – let’s get started!

New Student Orientation

The mission of New Student Orientation is to introduce incoming Oles to St. Olaf and to provide the tools to navigate their academic and co-curricular experience while living in a vibrant residential community. In order to give you these tools, the New Student Orientation experience is filled with workshops, sessions, and social opportunities to connect with your fellow Oles and our campus.


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Summer Module

Summer Module

Our New Student Orientation Summer Module contains tons of great information about St. Olaf, your academic experience, life on campus, and MORE! All new students must complete this module prior to summer registration on July 19, 2021!
Access the Summer Module!

Common Read

The Common Read serves a few different purposes. For one, you will have a discussion facilitated by a staff or faculty member to introduce you to the type of classroom conversations you will have as a student on the Hill. It also centers around a topic connected to equity and inclusion, prompting your thinking about how to navigate dialogues around real issues impacting our community and society.

We are excited to announce our selection for the 2021 Common Read: Catherine Coleman Flowers’ Waste: One Women’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret.

Learn more

NSO Schedule

We’ve got big plans for you. Take a peek at what your NSO experience will entail!
View the Schedule!

Stay connected, up to date, and get ready for the fall semester using our app.




Move-In Day:
September 4th, 2021

Already thinking about Move-In Day? Us too!

International Oles, fall student-athletes, SSS students, and a few other groups will move in prior to September 4th. 

Plan Ahead for Move-In Day

Have a Question?

That’s okay! Let’s see what we can do.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page!