When is registration?
Registration begins on July 19, 2021 and is first-come, first-served. You will be randomly assigned to a registration time, either 8:30 AM CT or 9:00 AM CT. You may access the portal for planning purposes beginning on TBD. If you have questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office.
How many classes should I take?
Most students register for 4.0-4.5 credits each semester. Full-time status is defined as 3.0-4.5 credits. If you receive financial aid, be sure to review the requirements for various programs on the Financial Aid website. Most St. Olaf full-semester courses are 1.0 credit, but we also offer many that are .25 and .50 credits.
What classes, majors and concentrations does St. Olaf offer?
St. Olaf offers many classes, majors and concentrations that you may have never considered! What classes do you really want to take?! What subjects interest you? This is a great time to explore! Review the list of majors and concentrations in the First Year Registration Guide as well as the Class and Lab Schedule in the Student Information System (SIS) to identify classes, majors, and concentrations that interest you.
If I’m undecided about my major, what will my fall semester schedule look like?
If you are undecided about a major, fall semester is a wonderful opportunity to explore. Each first-year student will take a First-Year Seminar course (FYS 120) or a Writing and Rhetoric course (WRIT 120) in the fall. Many students will also opt to continue the foreign language they studied in high school or start a new language. Since the most common schedule is 4.0-4.5 total credits, you can select two (or three or even four courses if you don’t take a language course or have completed your Writing and Rhetoric course through transfer credit) additional courses that pique your interest. The OLE Core curriculum includes a group of courses all students take within the liberal arts as part of the St. Olaf degree requirements. First semester is a great opportunity to take a Core course or two, especially if you are exploring different majors.
A word of advice: Don’t worry about declaring a major right away if you are not ready! The liberal arts and the OLE Core curriculum are designed to help you find the best major for you. Most students switch their majors within the first year or two of college, and you are not required to declare one until March of your second year at St. Olaf.
How can I see which courses are offered?
Once you have deposited and activated your stolaf.edu email account, log into the Student Information System (SIS). On the left, you will see Class and Lab Schedule. Click on that to see course offerings. You can search by department, major area of interest, or even by General Education/OLE Core requirements!
While planning your schedule, keep in mind that it is best to have a balanced schedule with a variety of classes, time to eat lunch, time to get from one class to the next, etc.
What if one of my course placements isn’t offered this semester?
If a course that you have placed into is offered only in Interim or Spring, you can use the opportunity to choose a different OLE Core/elective course in the fall. Please contact the Center for Advising and Academic Support if you need assistance.
How likely is it that I will get into the classes I want?
We plan accordingly for course offerings that are specific to first-year students to ensure there is room, but as always, you’ll want to have alternate options in case your first choices are full.
Can I test out of the language requirement?
St. Olaf requires successful completion of either the third or fourth semester in a language as one of the OLE Core curriculum requirements. Chinese, Greek, Latin, Norwegian, Japanese, and Russian require completion of the third-semester equivalent while Spanish, French, and German require completion of the fourth-semester equivalent.
- If you will earn credit for one of the above languages with your AP or IB scores according to the charts provided by the Registrar’s Office, your placement is determined by your score and you do not need to take the placement survey. Reminder: you must request AP/IB scores to be sent to St. Olaf. We usually don’t receive them until mid-July.
- If you have studied one of the above languages previously, will continue with that language at St. Olaf, and do not have AP/IB credit for it, you must take the placement survey. Students who place above the fourth semester may have the option to take a proficiency exam to complete the language requirement.
- If you wish to take a language not previously mentioned or your native language is one other than English, please contact the Registrar’s Office to discuss your options.
How do I transfer my pre-college credits?
To transfer AP/IB scores, have them sent directly from College Board/IB to St. Olaf. To transfer credits from other colleges/universities, have a final, official transcript from the awarding institution sent directly to St.Olaf for evaluation. An official transcript is defined as one available via a secure link to a PDF or in a sealed envelope. For more information, visit the Registrar’s Office website.
How do I make changes to my schedule?
Log in to SIS and use the drop or change buttons, but remember…registration is live and another student might register for your seat immediately after you drop a course. Please contact the Center for Advising and Academic Support if you need assistance.
What if I have changed my mind and no longer want to be part of a Conversation Program?
When you open the First-Year Registration link in SIS, you will see that you are already registered for the first course in your Conversation Program. If you decide that you no longer want to be part of this program, please contact the Director of the Conversation Program.