Please note: This is NOT the most current catalog.
the 21st Century: Academic Life
at St. Olaf
The Mission of
St. Olaf College
St. Olaf, a four-year college of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America, provides an education committed to
the liberal arts, rooted in the Christian Gospel and incorporating
a global perspective. In the conviction that life is more than
a livelihood, it focuses on what is ultimately worthwhile and fosters
the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit.
Now in its second century, St. Olaf College remains dedicated
to the high standards set by its Norwegian immigrant founders.
In the spirit of free inquiry and free expression, it offers a
distinctive environment that integrates teaching, scholarship,
creative activity and opportunities for encounter with the Christian
Gospel and God’s call to faith. The college intends that its graduates combine academic
excellence and theological literacy with a commitment to lifelong learning.
St. Olaf College strives to be an inclusive community, respecting
those of differing backgrounds and beliefs. Through its curriculum,
campus life and off-campus programs, it stimulates students’ critical
thinking and heightens their moral sensitivity; it encourages
them to be seekers of truth, leading lives of unselfish service
to others; and it challenges them to be responsible and knowledgeable citizens
of the world.
—Approved by the St. Olaf faculty in 1987 and the opening paragraph
adopted, as a shorter version, by the St. Olaf Board of Regents
that same year.