Information for Families

Welcome to the St. Olaf Community!

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.

Not sure what your student needs to be working on?

We recommend encouraging your student to continually keep an eye on their New Student Checklist!

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.


Thoughts from the Dean of Students

As part of a weekly blog series, Dean of Students Roz Eaton will walk you through 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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A St. Olaf Welcome Virtual Program

Join us for a virtual program to welcome new students and families to the St. Olaf community! You will hear from several speakers, including President David R. Anderson ’74, and may catch a glimpse of your student on Move-In Day. We wish we were all gathered together in Skoglund Auditorium for this program, but we’re excited for the opportunity to share this special moment with you virtually.

Watch live on August 16 at 8 p.m. CST

Virtual Parent Orientation

Questions and Advice: Q&A 

While we won’t have you on campus for parent orientation activities, we’re providing parent orientation online. Associate Dean for First Year Students and Facebook parent group darling, Tim Schroer, hosted a live Zoom call called “Questions and Advice” on Wednesday, July 22 at 6:00pm CST. Watch the recorded version here. 

Academics for First Year Students: Q&A

On Tuesday, August 4 at 5:00 pm Central Daylight Time, three of our faculty spent a Zoom hour with parents:  “Academics for First Year Students: Q&A.” They discussed the academic program and in this time of distancing, and they answered your questions. Watch the recorded version here.

Reopening Updates and Q&A Session

On Monday, August 10, we hosted a zoom information session for students and parents to ask questions about housing, quarantine, testing, and class schedules. The staff members on hand to answer your questions included Associate Dean of Students for Residence Life Pamela McDowell, College Registrar Ericka Peterson, Director of Financial Aid Carly Eichhorst, Contact Tracing Coordinator Aida Mejia, COVID-19 Case Manager Teresa Lebens and Dean of Students Roz Eaton.
Watched the recorded version here.



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