Information for Families

Welcome to the St. Olaf Community!

Parents & Families as

Here at St. Olaf College, we consider parents, family members, and other individuals who support Oles as partners in each student’s collegiate experience. New Student Orientation, while a process primarily developed for incoming students, is also designed to assist our new (and seasoned) Ole families in acclimating themselves to the larger St. Olaf community.

Move-In Day: Family Edition

Plans for Move-In Day are still being finalized, however, we intend to offer programming for parents and families on Saturday, September 4, 2021. For guests traveling with their students to campus, residence hall move-in will occur throughout the morning and various orientation activities for families will be provided. Families and students will join together for a long-held tradition we call A St. Olaf Welcome in the afternoon. After this event, families and guests will depart campus and incoming Oles will begin their New Student Orientation experience. More detailed information about Move-In Day and parent and family programming will be shared throughout the summer.


Not sure what your student needs to be working on? We’ve got a checklist.

We recommend encouraging your student to continually keep an eye on their New Student Checklist to make sure they are ready to start their St. Olaf experience!

Track their progress

Our app isn’t just for your student.

All are welcome to download the St. Olaf app to stay updated on all aspects of your student’s New Student Orientation experience.

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




Thoughts from the Dean of Students

Last year, Dean of Students Roz Eaton shared a series of blog posts about the conversations she encourages parents to have with their students before their student joins us on the Hill and your role in coaching your Ole, now and from afar.

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