Please note: This is NOT the most current catalog.
The residence life program is an integral part of the
educational program and academic support services of the college. In
the conviction that significant learning takes place outside of the
classroom, the college strives to educate students through positive,
challenging and supportive residence life experiences. The residence
life staff is committed to promoting a healthy living/learning environment
in which this education takes place through an emphasis on providing
educational, cultural, recreational, social and spiritual opportunities
for growth; a commitment to the development of sensitive and responsible
individuals; and the enrichment of lifelong friendships.
One of the major roles of the residence life staff is
to help foster the development of community within the residence halls
and across campus. The residence life staff seeks to promote a feeling
of cooperation and understanding, enhance open communication and provide
structured and unstructured opportunities for group interaction. The
residence life staff is also responsible for helping to develop an awareness
and sensitivity to expectations and standards around which communities
are formed and educate through positive confrontational dialogue.
It is through the combined efforts of the entire residence
life staff that the out-of-class experiences of St. Olaf students are
brought into partnership with the academic area in the education of
the whole person.
As a residential community, St. Olaf has established a set of standards
and policies that defines the rules by which we live. St. Olaf students
have advisory roles to develop and implement these policies and procedures
and hold staff positions where they explain and enforce community standards.
St. Olaf College supports open dialogue concerning these policies and
standards and how they affect the life of the campus. Students wishing
to be involved in this effort are encouraged to become active in their
residence hall, student government or student organizations.
The following are general guidelines for community life at St. Olaf.
For complete delineation of the policies related to housing and residence
life, please refer to The Book, a valuable resource that contains
the college's Code of Student Conduct and Official Handbook, available
online at http://www.stolaf.edu/stulife/thebook/
or contact the Dean of Students Office.
- As a residential college, St. Olaf requires that all
full-time students reside in college-owned housing, as far as accommodations
will permit. These housing commitments are binding for the entire
academic year, unless a student is released from housing by the Residence
Life Office. Exceptions are granted to students who are married, are
a custodial parent, are living at home in Northfield or are 22 years
of age or older by the first day of Fall Semester of the current academic
year. For further information concerning off-campus options, please
contact the Residence Life Office.
- All first-year students live in designated first-year
halls. A long-standing tradition and integral part of the St. Olaf
community, small "corridors" of students are assigned to
live together and develop living/learning skills in a small-group
- The possession, distribution or consumption of alcoholic
beverages is prohibited on the St. Olaf campus, on land owned by the
college and in college-owned honor houses. The consumption of alcoholic
beverages is prohibited at all college-sponsored functions, no matter
where located, that include students.
- St. Olaf prohibits the unlawful possession, distribution
or use of illicit drugs and/or controlled substances on any property
owned by the college or in any program or activity sponsored by the
college in any location.
- For reasons of privacy and safety, the college has
established visitation hours for students in the residence halls.
Men and women are permitted to visit someone of the opposite sex in
private rooms during intervisitation hours: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday
through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. There are
24-hour study and social spaces in every hall.
- Students wishing to keep cars on campus must receive
a permit from the Parking Office. Because parking spaces on campus
are very limited, a priority system is in place to ensure fair distribution
- All residences are smoke free.
Student Residence Halls
- Ellingson Hall (1961): Houses 182 first-year
- Hilleboe Hall (1951): Houses 125 first-year
and upperclass students; adjoins Kittelsby Hall.
- Hoyme Memorial Hall (1961): Houses 200 first-year
- Kildahl Hall (1957): Houses 150 first-year students.
- Kittelsby Hall (1957): Houses 175 first- and
- Larson Hall (1964): One of two high-rise residence
halls, Larson houses 300 upperclass students.
- Mellby Hall (1938): Houses 190 upperclass students.
- Mohn Hall (1964): The second high-rise residence
hall, Mohn houses 300 first- and second-year students.
- Rand Hall (1980): Provides several rooming options,
including suites and quads, for 245 upperclass students.
- Thorson Hall (1948): Houses 240 upperclass students.
- Ytterboe Hall (1989): Houses 400 upperclass
students in rooms with adjoining lounges.
For more information on each of the residence halls, including
pictures of the buildings and sample rooms, please visit: http://www.stolaf.edu/stulife/reslife.
Honor and language houses
In addition to its traditional residence halls, St. Olaf has 12 service
project houses and five foreign language houses. Located primarily along
St. Olaf Avenue just east of the campus, the honor houses are home to
140 upperclass students. Each house features a kitchen, living area
and laundry facilities. Residents of the service houses participate
in service projects associated with volunteer organizations in the Northfield
and St. Olaf communities.
Similar to the service houses, language houses provide
a distinctive environment to students who are studying French, German,
Norwegian, Spanish and Russian. Inside the houses, residents are encouraged
to speak the native language of the country their house represents.
The opportunities of a residential college include the social experience
of coming together for meals. The college views meals as an important
part of each person's day, not only for nutrition, but also for personal
growth through interaction with others.
All students living on campus in the residence halls,
except first-year students, can choose between the Full Board option
of 21 meals per week or the 14-Meal Plan which is 14 meals in a week.
First-year students are required to have the Full Board Plan.
There is a special board plan for senior students only.
Called the 14-Flex Plan, it offers 14 meals in the cafeteria during
the week in addition to an annual amount of $400 credit to be used in
the Cage, Kings' Dining Room, or for catering. Students living off campus,
in an honor house, student teaching or doing clinicals through the Nursing
Department can choose from special plans also. They are the 350 Plan
(350 meals in a year) or the 210 Plan (210 meals in a year). They may
also choose from the Full Board Plan or 14-Meal Plan. The Senior Flex
Plan can also be chosen, provided students have senior status.
Note that each week begins with Monday breakfast and ends
with Sunday dinner. There is no refund or carry over of unused meals
or "Flex Dollars."