Ole Card

Your Ole Card is an all-purpose card that can be used to access meal plans, check out books from the library and gain admittance to certain St. Olaf buildings, including the Tostrud/Skoglund Athletic Center. It also is a debit card that can be used at the St. Olaf Bookstore, Print Center, Post Office, Health Services, campus vending machines, all Bon Appétit food service outlets and the Lion’s Pause.

All St. Olaf students, faculty and staff members will receive an Ole Card and be able to open an Ole Dollars debit account. Variations of the card will be provided to retired employees, college guests and local library patrons.

The card includes your photo on the front, along with your name, and classification (student, faculty or staff). The back of the card includes a bar code for use in the libraries, along with a magnetic stripe for processing transactions with campus vendors.

What the Ole Card Does For You

All St. Olaf students, faculty and staff must have an Ole Card to check out materials from the college libraries and to gain access to Tostrud athletic facilities. Students must use their Ole Card to access their meal plan and utilize Stav and bag lunch as well as use flex dollars in The Cage. The card also can be used as identification to receive various campus services.

Ole Cards can access two monetary accounts: Ole Dollars, a debit account that can be spent anywhere on campus where the card is accepted, and, for students, a Flex Dollars account that accesses a specific Bon Appétit meal plan. The card carries no maintenance fees.

To request the transfer of funds from your Ole Card to your student account, please click on this link.

Ole Dollars can also be used at the following vendors in Northfield:

Just Food Co-op, 516 Water Street South
Tandem Bagels, 317 Division Street
Applebees’s, 2433 Hwy. 3
Brick Oven Bakery, 158 Water St N #6

Ole Dollars can also be used at Carleton College:

Sayles, Schulze and Weitz Cafes
Burton and East Dining Halls  St. Olaf students may use their meal plans during the dates when both Carleton and St. Olaf academic calendars overlap (not when either College is on break)
Carleton Bookstore

The Accounts

To use the Ole Dollars debit feature, simply deposit money in your Ole Card account before making your first purchase. Deposits can be made electronically from your bank account using the “Add Funds to Ole Card” option listed in the menu. If necessary, deposits by cash or check (no credit cards) can be made at the Financial Aid Office (Tomson #120). The balance on the card can not exceed $2,000.

Students, faculty and staff will receive a special 10 percent discount when using Ole Dollars at Bon Appétit facilities, including the Cage, Stav Hall and the Kings’ Dining Room.

Your card balance will be shown on the card reader display and on a receipt after each transaction. Balances also can be checked without making a purchase. You may check your account balance in the Student Information System. Parents may check their students card balance on the parent portal. They may deposit funds as well.

Unauthorized Use

Alteration of your Ole Card or use by an individual other than the person identified on the card, as well as alterations to the card, warrants confiscation and possible disciplinary action by St. Olaf College.

Although entrusted to you while you are enrolled at, a guest of, or employed by St. Olaf College, the Ole Card remains the property of the college.

Returned Deposit

A return payment fee of $5.00 will be assessed for ACH bank transfers and checks that are returned for any reason.