St. Olaf CollegeAcademic CatalogSt. Olaf College

Table of Contents
Academic Life
Academic Regulations
International and Off-Campus Studies
Special Programs
Admissions and Financial Aid
Life Outside the Classroom
» Residential Life
» Student Services
» Co-Curricular Activities
Facts and Figures
College Calendar

Changes that have occurred in St. Olaf academic policy and curriculum since the publication in 2002 of the St. Olaf Catalog for 2002–04 are indicated in red and red strikethrough type.

Registrar's Office
Admin 224
1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057



Please note: This is NOT the most current catalog.

Student Services

Academic Support Center
St. Olaf provides help with improving the effectiveness and efficiency of studying through the Academic Support Center (the ASC). For more information on the services provided by the ASC, look under Successful Study in the "A St. Olaf Education" section of this catalog, or go to the ASC web site:

Counseling Center
Personal and psychological counseling is available through the Student Counseling Center in the form of individual and group counseling sessions.

Services are available to all students on a confidential, no-fee basis.

The center assists students with a variety of concerns that typically involve issues related to relationships, identity, self-esteem, family, depression, victimization, anxiety/panic attacks, academics, grief and loss, socialization/isolation, food/body image or chemical use/abuse. However, any personal concern is appropriate to bring to the Counseling Center.

A variety of counseling groups are offered throughout the academic year. These groups focus on topics such as: family issues; food and body image concerns; coping with grief and loss; victimization issues; enhancing relationships; men's issues; women's issues; and personal growth.

Nutrition counseling is available, on a limited basis, to students who have concerns related to their eating/body image. For these services, students must be referred to the dietician by the Counseling Center staff.

Medication consultations are also available, on a limited basis, to students who wish to be evaluated for possible medication treatment and/or for ongoing medication management. For these services, students must be referred to the psychiatrist by the Counseling Center staff.

Personal counseling is also available from the college pastors, the dean of students, and associate deans.

The Center for Experiential Learning
The Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) was established in 2000 to provide interested St. Olaf students with opportunities for experiential learning that relates to and complements the St. Olaf liberal arts curriculum and enhances their understanding of their individual abilities and how those might apply to future work and service. Programs are implemented through the CEL's Offices for Career Connections, Internships, Servant Leadership and Entrepreneurial Studies. For more information on the CEL, see the Index or visit

Multicultural Affairs and Community Outreach
The Multicultural Affairs and Community Outreach office was established to provide services and assist with issues and concerns of African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino and Native American students. The office also will provide academic advising and financial, personal, career and social counseling when needed. Planning for cultural programming is deliberately integrated with the entire campus in an effort to raise the level of awareness and increase appreciation of cultural, social and ethnic differences. Support and guidance for Harambe, Gospel Club and other student organizations are provided by the office.

International Student Services
St. Olaf welcomes international students from around the world and Americans educated abroad. Upon their arrival, new international students are met at the airport and brought to the St. Olaf campus. Before the beginning of classes, new international students receive a special orientation to provide assistance with registration, U.S. immigration regulations, housing, banking and U.S. tax concerns.

International students live in residence halls with American students. Specially trained international student counselors are available to assist students throughout the year. They also plan social activities for international students, their roommates and other St. Olaf students.

Local families enjoy being "friendship families" to international students, and there are several home-stay programs offered for the Christmas holidays.

The international student adviser is available to students for personal, social, academic, financial and immigration counseling.

Health Service and Insurance
The St. Olaf College Health Center is under the direction of physicians from the Allina Medical Clinic in Northfield. The on-campus Health Center is located on the lower level of the Administration Building and is staffed by a registered nurse practitioner and a medical technologist.

All students seeking medical attention are seen initially at the campus facility. Students requiring the services of a physician are then referred by appointment to the Allina Medical Clinic. Medications, supplies, laboratory tests and x-rays are provided at the student's expense.

Hospital and medical insurance with 12-month coverage is available to students at an additional cost. Information and application forms are sent to parents during the summer.
A medical history, immunization records and a physical examination are required of all students prior to entering St. Olaf.

Property Insurance
The college does not carry insurance on the personal property of students, faculty members or other employees and is not responsible for the loss or damage of such property.


St. Olaf Bookstore
Located on the main floor of Buntrock Commons, the St. Olaf Bookstore serves students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni and campus visitors. Textbooks, general reading and reference books, office and school supplies, stationery, gifts, soft goods, health and beauty aids, newspapers, magazines, computer hardware and software and recorded music may be purchased there.

Services include special ordering, cap and gown rental, class ring orders, check cashing and photofinishing. Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are accepted at the St. Olaf Bookstore. Online ordering is available at: Toll-free phone orders are also taken at: (888) 232-6523.

The St. Olaf Bookstore is owned and operated by St. Olaf College and is a member of both the National Association of College Stores and the American Booksellers Association.

College Post Office
Students and faculty are assigned mailboxes in Buntrock Commons and are held responsible for all official notices deposited in their boxes. Stamps, aerograms, Express Mail, certified mail, insured mail and package mailing services are available. The mailing of insured and special delivery items must be handled by the Northfield Post Office.

Public Radio 89.3 WCAL FM/88.7 KMSE
89.3 WCAL is St. Olaf's public radio station. Owned and operated by St. Olaf College, 89.3 provides classical music, National Public Radio (NPR) news and more to the Twin Cities region; 88.7 KMSE serves the Rochester, Minn., area. Internet users can listen to the station live worldwide, via the Real Audio Player on its web site,

89.3 WCAL is the station of "music and ideas." A significant amount of programming originates at St. Olaf, including broadcasts of numerous concerts and recitals, chapel services, and commentaries by faculty and other members of the St. Olaf community. 89.3 produces programs from the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival Concert that are carried on over 500 stations in this country and abroad.

89.3 WCAL has a full-time staff of 21 and employs from 20 to 30 students for part-time work during the school year. Both academic and informal internships can also be arranged. Students are invited to volunteer during 89.3's fund-raisers.

89.3 WCAL broadcasts with 100,000 watts at 89.3 MHz, 24 hours a day. The station is a founding member of NPR and receives an annual community service grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). It is an affiliate of Public Radio International (PRI). 89.3 is independent of Minnesota Public Radio. St. Olaf's radio service is "America's first listener-supported station," and listener support remains the station's single most important source of income.