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
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 students.
- Hilleboe Hall (1951): Houses 125 first-year and upperclass
students; adjoins Kittelsby Hall.
- Hoyme Memorial Hall (1961): Houses 200 first-year students.
- Kildahl Hall (1957): Houses 150 first-year students.
- Kittelsby Hall (1957): Houses 175 first- and second-year
- 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
Honor and language houses
In addition to its traditional
residence halls, St. Olaf has 11 service project houses, a multicultural
house 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
All students living on campus in the residence
halls, except first-year students, can choose between the Full
Board Plan option of 19 meals per week with $75 “flex dollars” per
sememster 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 “flex
dollars” 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.
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.”