The Mission of the Honor Houses
The college currently maintains 21 campus houses that are available for upper-class student housing. These houses provide students with alternative opportunities to explore and develop interests and personal relationships through an intimate residential setting. It is the goal of Residence Life to address a diverse array of topics and needs for the St. Olaf community with a focus on social justice and service. There are three categories of houses:
- Academic Houses – Criteria for acceptance into the language houses are established by their respective departments. These houses focus on language fluency, study tables, immersive experiences, and campus programming. Please contact the specific academic department to find out about their application process.
- Taylor Center Houses – These houses serve as a strategic programming arm for the Taylor Center focused on social and educational events that build community among multicultural students, international students, and LGBTQIA+ students. The application process takes place through the Taylor Center; for more information please check out https://wp.stolaf.edu/taylorcenter/taylor-center-honor-houses/
- Gender and Sexuality House
- Diversity Awareness House
- International House
- Special Interest Houses – Residence Life seeks to promote ideas that focus on topics of interfaith, cultural awareness, community outreach, wellness, and institutional mission. Our current houses include:
- Nepantla House (Aaker): Aaker has a maximum capacity of nine residents. There are two double rooms, two single rooms and one triple room.
- Women in STEM (Felland): Felland has a maximum capacity of ten residents. There are five double rooms.
- Intersectionality House (Forest Inn): Forest Inn has a maximum capacity of nine residents. There is one double room and seven single rooms.
- Library House (Haldorsen): Haldorsen has a maximum capacity of eight residents. There are three double rooms and two single rooms.
- Generational Action Project (Holstad): Thompson has a maximum capacity of nine residents. There are two double rooms, five single rooms and one triple room.
- Story House (Lincoln Inn): Lincoln Inn has a maximum capacity of ten residents. There are four double rooms and two single rooms.
- Wendell Berry (Lincoln Manor): Lincoln Manor has a maximum capacity of ten residents. There are three double rooms, one single room and one triple room.
- Muslim House (Mohn): Thompson has a maximum capacity of eight residents. There are three double rooms and two single rooms.
- Arts Collaboration (St. John’s): Thompson has a maximum capacity of ten residents. There are four/five double rooms and one/two single room(s).
College houses are equipped with basic kitchen appliances and furniture. Partial custodial service is also provided. The houses are considered extensions of the residence hall system and all college policies apply. Residents of these houses have the opportunity to elect a full or a partial board plan. Residents of honor houses are not eligible for Interim room rebates or manufactured room rebates. To view the floor plans for each house click here.