Frequently Asked Questions

What will my dorm look like? How do I find a roommate?
St. Olaf guarantees housing to all students for all four years. Click here to learn everything you need to know about your housing options.

Are there rules about what I can or can’t bring to my dorm room?
Yes – find the list here.

What breaks will I have from classes this fall? When can I plan a trip back home?
Check out next year’s academic calendar.

How can I sign up for a meal plan?
St. Olaf was ranked 5th place in “Best Campus Food” (Princeton Review).  If you’re living on campus there are three meal plans for you to choose from. Learn more here. 

What is the Ole card for?
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. It also is a debit card that can be used at the St. Olaf Bookstore, Print Center, Post Office, all Bon Appétit food service outlets and the Lion’s Pause. Learn more.

My classes require me to buy or rent textbooks – where can I find these on campus?
Our on-campus bookstore has a variety of competitively priced textbooks available for rent or purchase – click here to search for the books you’re looking for.

I’m a student athlete- is there anything I need to do before I’m able to play?
Yes. Visit the Sports Medicine page and follow the instructions.

My parents are bringing me to Move In Day – where can I find directions to campus?
Great, we can’t wait to see you! Find directions and other useful information here.

What extracurricular activities are available?
You can join one or more of our student organizations to be involved on campus. Learn more.

What is College Ministry?
College Ministry is both the home of the St. Olaf College Student Congregation and the hub of inter-religious life. In addition, College Pastors Matthew Marohl and Katherine Fick talk frequently with students about all matters of college life.