Hill: St. Olaf College sits above the city of Northfield on a hill, so one can often hear the college being referred to as the “Hill.” How are things going on the Hill today?”

Hilleboe:  Hilleboe houses 123 (upper-class) students while maintaining the largest triple rooms on campus. The Hilleboe Chapel, study lounges, computer facilities, and recreational lounges all provide students with opportunities for studying, learning, and socializing

Hill/Kitt: Since Hilleboe Hall and Kittelsby Hall are connected by the same entrance, the 2 halls have received a joint name as well: Hill/Kitt

Holland: Home to the Economics, History, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Work, and Sociology/Anthropology Department, Holland Hall is a Norman Gothic building that serves as an architectural landmark on campus. The structure and decor of Holland are modeled after Mont-Saint-Michel, a famous monastery in France.

Homecoming: Every fall the Student Activities Committee (SAC) plans and hosts events, games, and activities for students during the week of Homecoming! The Alumni Office plans the festive weekend as the St. Olaf Community gathers for a fun-filled weekend of reconnection, celebration, and activity. Parents of current students and alumni from all classes, come back to the Hill and take part in the many hallmarks of campus life: learning with faculty members, athletic events and music concerts, worship, a campus festival for all ages, and more.

Health Services: Located on the first floor of Tomson Hall, it is staffed by a certified family nurse practitioner and support staff who collaborate as needed with physicians at the Northfield Hospital Emergency Department. During the school year the office is open to students Monday- Friday, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Hoyme: Hoyme (pronounced Hoy·me) Hall is a four-story hall housing 210 first-year students. The main lounge provides a striking view of the surrounding countryside as well as a wonderful space for studying and socializing.

Her Campus: A branch of HerCampus.com, this student organization is a weekly online magazine for the women of St. Olaf. The organization covers all topics from cuties on campus to cooking on campus to the latest and greatest fashion trends.

Honor House: The college maintains 19 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 a more intimate residential setting.


Intramurals: For all students who want to participate in some team sport, but maybe want something a little less demanding — Intramurals provide weekly games year round. Grab a team, sign-up, and play!

IT: For all things technical, The Information and Instructional Technologies offers a campus-wide network of computing facilities that includes Macintosh, PC-compatibles, and UNIX/Linux-based systems. The Helpdesk in Rolvaag Memorial Library is available for students and faculty alike.

Interim: The Interim is a four-week period of intensive study in one area. Interim provides an opportunity for a professor and his or her students to focus their entire attention on one course for a full month, to offer a time of study in depth. It is a time when unique teaching and learning styles can be utilized in rather traditional courses or when unique subjects can be studied in some international or off-campus domestic location. Interim is a very popular time for study abroad!


JC: A Junior Counselor (JC) is an upper-class student who works in a pair to build community in first-year residence halls. JC’s are responsible for the floor they live on in addition to the overall hall camaraderie.

Jungle: This giant, light-filled room in the Lion’s Pause is the perfect place to eat your delicious Pause pizza with your friends! The 2  TVs and booths are just a bonus.


Kierkegaard: Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (pronounced Kier·ke·gaard) was a 19th-century Danish philosopher. In Rolvaag Memorial Library, The Howard V. and Edna H. Hong Kierkegaard Library began as the private collection of its founders who used it to support their work translating the writings of Søren Kierkegaard from Danish into English. In 1976, the Hongs gave the Library to St. Olaf College with the understanding that it would exist as a study and publication center, a place where students and scholars of varied experience could come and have access to materials in an environment enhancing their intellectual work.

Kildahl: Kildahl (pronounced Kil·dahl) Hall offers a friendly, comfortable atmosphere for 168, first-year students. The main lounge serves as the center of community, offering many activities and late night conversations around the fireplace. Kildahl is equipped with computer facilities and a strong community that is ideal for studying and socializing.

Kittelsby: Kittelsby(pronounced Kittles·bee) Hall houses students 238 (first-year) students in triple rooms and is connected to Hilleboe Hall. The unique connection to Hilleboe Hall is unlike any of the other first-year dorms.

KSTO: KSTO is a student-run radio station that broadcasts over the airwaves on campus at 93.1 FM, though most listeners access KSTO through the online stream (http://pages.stolaf.edu/ksto/listen/).

Kitchen (Pause): The student-run, full kitchen offers tasty eats at ridiculously low prices. Famous pizzas, quesadillas, shakes, and ice cream all made-to-order! The kitchen is open late to serve that “late-night” craving! Hours are Sunday-Thursday: 10:30am-Midnight, and Friday-Saturday: 10:30am-2am (shortened menu after 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. No additional food orders taken after 1:30am).


Libraries: The St. Olaf collection, housed in three separate libraries (Rølvaag Memorial Library, Hustad Science Library, and Halvorson Music Library), includes approximately 420,000 books, 22,000 media items, 5000 periodical titles, and 18,000 scores.

Lair: The small, quaint, transformable room in the Lion’s Pause used for studying during the day and events at night!

Larson: Larson Hall houses 307 upper-class students. The circular arrangement of each floor creates a strong community atmosphere.

Limestones: The famous, seven-voice male a cappella group founded in 1989. The Limestones have grown over the years, working through an exciting evolution of a cappella singing. They have incorporated a more contemporary pop style of music, and have performed throughout the Midwest for schools, businesses, private functions, and have also performed in such places as The Ordway Center in St. Paul, MN and on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion. Like The Limestones on Facebook!

Late night breakfast: During finals week, each semester, one night is scheduled for breakfast food in Stav served by faculty and staff. This is a great break from studying and is one of the students favorite traditions!


Manitou Messenger: Founded in 1887, the student newspaper has an intimate staff and a large pool of writers that produce a weekly issue of the paper. The different sections cover the many topics of life on campus as well as national and global news. Click here for your subscription and follow the Mess on Twitter and Facebook!

Mohn: One of the two towers on campus, Mohn (pronounced Moan) is a ten-story residence hall housing 307 students. The hall, which traditionally houses first-year and sophomore students by floor, offers a main lounge, a recreational room, and a piano room. The circular arrangement of each corridor creates a strong community atmosphere.

Mane Stage: The Mane Stage is the Pause’s nightclub venue, hosting late-night events for the student body. Modeled after the legendary First Avenue in Minneapolis, this space hosts dances, concerts, student performances, and comedians on a continuous basis.

MEC: The Music Entertainment Committee, a branch of the Student Government Association (SGA), devotes its time to organizing diverse concerts, music events, and other forms of music entertainment that cater to the varied interests of St. Olaf students. The purpose of these events is to provide students an escape from academic pressure and to give them an opportunity to become involved in campus life. MEC plans and hosts the fall and spring concerts each year where larger name acts perform!

Multicultural Affairs: Provides services and assistance to Asian American, African American, Hispanic/Latino American, and Native American Students. MCA provides academic, financial, personal, career, social counseling and support as needed while also promoting the intellectual, social and moral development of all students on campus through the advancement and understanding of culture and heritage.

Moodle: An online program that faculty and students use for classes. Professors can upload a syllabus, calendar, notes, readings, assignments, and quizzes for students to access at their convenience.

Mellby: Housing 192 upper classmen, Mellby (pronounced Mell·bee) is the oldest residence hall on campus and its historic appeal truly stands out. It features a kitchen, TV lounge, computer facilities and a large, comfortable main lounge and fireplace.

Manitou Singers: Comprised of select women’s voices from the first year class, Manitou (pronounced Man·it·toe) is one of the most popular music organizations on the St. Olaf College campus. The 100-voice choir sings at the opening worship service of the college as well as at various campus functions throughout the year such as daily chapel and church services, the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Family Weekend Concert and its own Spring concert in April. With a repertoire that ranges from sacred to secular to popular ballads, the Manitou Singers have broad appeal both on and off campus.


Natural Lands: In addition to a 300-acre campus, the college owns nearly 700 acres of land adjacent to the campus. Most of this land was farmland rented out to local farmers. The college, principally through the members of the Biology and the Environmental Studies Departments, has conducted extensive natural habitat restoration projects over the past 15 years on some of this farmland. Over 40,000 tree seedlings and nursery stock trees have been planted on approximately 90 acres in an effort to re-establish the dominant Big Woods forest type originally found in our area. Over 150 acres of native, tall grass prairie has been reconstructed and 15 wetlands have been restored. A bluebird trail of 64 houses has been established through our woodlands and prairies. In addition to natural habitat restoration, a sustainable agriculture project has also been ongoing for over 10 years.

Norwegian Sweaters: During the weekend of Christmas Festival, the number of Norwegian sweaters on campus is extraordinary. Oles of all ages embrace the Norwegian heritage while keeping warm! Looking for a Norwegian sweater? Find them in the Bookstore!

Norseman: One of two symphonic bands at St. Olaf, Norseman (pronounced Norse·man) has developed a reputation in recent years as a dynamic and exciting concert ensemble. The 85-piece ensemble performs regularly on campus, and has toured each spring to regional locations in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan, as well as to Canada. The membership of the Norseman Band reflects the broad spectrum of academic interests and geographical diversity of the St. Olaf student body.


Ole the Lion: The beloved mascot of St. Olaf.

Oleville: The official website of the Student Government Association (SGA). Oleville explains what SGA does, and includes a full event calendar!

Olaf cookie: Similar to a “monster” cookie, The Cage sells delicious cookies with oats, peanut butter, and candy pieces all combined into one giant Olaf cookie!

Ole Spring Relief: The annual, large-scale service trip that takes place over the week of spring break. All students have the opportunity to sign-up and take part in this great trip!

Old Main: Built in 1877, Old Main was the first — and originally the only — building to occupy Manitou Heights, containing classrooms, a library, housing for students and faculty, and a dining room. Newly renovated, Old Main is a beautiful place for students to study or relax. During the winter the Hill is a popular place for sledding!

Ole Ave: St. Olaf Avenue, commonly referred to as “Ole Ave”, runs from campus all the way to Highway 3 near downtown Northfield.

Orgs.: Student Organizations are known around campus just as “orgs.” To become an org, a club must apply to the Student Organizations Committee (SOC). Then, SOC is able to provide funding for the org.

Ole card: The all-in-one I.D. card for all students. The Ole Card is used to eat meals in the Caf, buy coffee and snacks at the Cage, get a sweet treat at the Pause, purchase school supplies at the Bookstore, print documents for class, AND get students into their halls at night. The Ole Card carries “Flex dollars” in addition to “Ole dollars.” Flex dollars is the amount of money a student has to use at the Cage/Norway Valley Cafe, and only the Cage/Norway Valley Cafe. Ole dollars is the amount of money a student puts on their own Ole Card. Student do not have to deposit money on their cards, but it makes for an easy transaction around campus