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 the St. Olaf family and we cannot wait to welcome you to our campus community as you begin your St. Olaf experience!


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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Step One: Make sure you have Downloaded our App

We encourage incoming students and their guests to download the St. Olaf College Guide app so they can stay updated on all the events and activities of New Student Orientation.

Step Two: Summer Modules

Your New Student Orientation experience starts this summer! Over the course of June, July, and August you will engage with three online modules to introduce you to our St. Olaf community, learn more about how to succeed academically, and understand how to get involved both on and off the Hill.

View the Summer Modules

Step Three: Move-In Day

We cannot wait to officially welcome you to campus and we will as soon as it is safe to do so. Keep an eye on your St. Olaf email account and the Guidebook app for more information on how your New Student Orientation Experience will continue!

Preparing for Move-In

Virtual Affinity Spaces

Have questions about life on campus and resources for multicultural, LGBTQIA+, international, first-generation, and differently-abled Oles? Want to join the conversation about a number of topics centering on equity and inclusion? We invite you to join us at one of our virtual affinity spaces this summer!

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2020 Common Read

The purpose of the Common Read is to introduce new students to topics of equity and inclusion that can be integrated in their social and academic life. The Common Read for Fall 2020 is Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel, a coming-of-age story about an Indian-born Muslim immigrant’s search for identity and development of an interfaith youth movement focused on building bridges across forms of difference that too-often divide.

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New Student Checklist

Keep track of the process and learn about everything
you need to do before you get to campus.

Track your progress

Have a Question?

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

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page!