Maybe you think, “Well, I’ve been to campus, why should I come to one of these Admitted Student Days?” or “I’ve already deposited… should I still come?” or possibly “Why should I spend a weekend of my valuable time visiting St. Olaf?” Good questions! Below, I’ve highlighted a few reasons why Admitted Student Days are particularly special. From an admissions perspective, my colleagues and I — who will be wearing matching blue shirts, by the way — love the energy and enthusiasm of these days. We finally get to meet students with whom we’ve worked for months (and sometimes years). Whether or not it’s your first time meeting us, we have gotten to know you by reading your application, emailing with you, and talking with you on the phone. It’s fun for us to see the next class of future Oles explore campus with the knowledge that they could actually be students here in a few months.
Here are a few reasons (of many) to attend Admitted Student Day:
1. Meet your future classmates… and roommates… and teammates…
From informally meeting during registration, to the students-only lunch in the Pause, you’ll meet the students who will become part of the community in the fall. Around 30% of the students who attend Admitted Student Days have already decided on St. Olaf (how to tell? see #5).
2. Learn about the beginning of your beginning here: Week One!
From Move In Day to the first day of class, Week One is a time of transition. From socializing, adjusting to dorm life to registering for classes and finding level 3 1/2 in the library, there is a lot to do. Learn about the support systems in place to ensure your arrival and adjustment to college life at St. Olaf goes smoothly.
3. Hear from faculty in every academic discipline about what makes the St. Olaf experience unique.
There will be breakout sessions from faculty in Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Natural Science & Mathematics, and Interdisciplinary & General Studies. One – or a few – of these professors may soon have you as an advisee, lead your study abroad program, or teach you in the classroom. Get a sense for who will be teaching you during your four years on the Hill.
4. Taste the food. Make sure it still suits your palate. And, take a free St. Olaf Cookie for the road.
Breakfast in the Caf, lunch in the Pause, and a St. Olaf cookie to go — you will be well-fed and get a true sense for the culinary atmosphere at St. Olaf. Princeton Review recently ranked us #5 for Best Campus food, but you should see – and taste – for yourself.
5. Get your “I’m an Ole!” button.
Committed students who have given us their enrollment deposit will receive this button upon check-in to wear during the day’s events. Attach it to your shirt and let everyone know you’re official. If you get to the end of the day and decide you’re ready to become an Ole, you can deposit and we’ll bestow this valued trinket upon you. Also, we have buttons for your parents, as well.
6. Update your Ole gear: the Bookstore will provide a 15% discount.
Wear your name tag into the Bookstore, and grab the St. Olaf signature sweatshirt, black and gold sweatpants, and a pennant to hang in your future dorm room. These guys below definitely took advantage of the discount…
7. Mingle with current Oles and start planning what clubs and organizations you’ll join.
Over 20 student-led clubs will be present for the Co-Curricular Fair during the student lunch. Volunteer organizations, special-interest groups, intramural sports, multicultural and religious organizations — a sampling of our 250+ clubs and organizations will be present. You’ll be able to walk from table to table and meet current students who can tell you about their groups. You’ll even be able to sign up for the clubs that look interesting to you and get a head-start for next fall. Check out the full listing of current student organizations!
8. Learn about resources for mapping out life after St. Olaf.
We are proud to have the Piper Center for Vocation & Career on campus to advise and connect Oles to their future jobs and vocations. Attend the informative presentation from the Piper Center staff, and hear from current Oles’ experiences at St. Olaf and how the Piper Center’s support has helped prepare them for the future. Your college career is imminent, but it’s important to know what St. Olaf can do to prepare you for life after your four years here.
9. Scope out a residence hall.
Check out a residence hall tour. As part of the continuing effort to provide an even better residential experience than we already have, you’ll be able to see one of our newly renovated first-year residence halls. Start to plan your room decoration theme, packing list, and how you’ll move into your new shared living space.
10. Get the answer to your question: “What are the Conversations programs, anyway?”
Now is your chance to learn more about the interdisciplinary Conversations and Learning Communities directly from the professors who teach in these unique-to-St. Olaf programs. There are two application deadlines for the first-year programs – April 14 and May 12 – so it’s good to get all your questions answered before you apply.
11. Take a stroll around our hometown, Northfield.
We’re located about 45 minutes south of Minneapolis St. Paul, but there are a lot of special reasons why our students choose our town of 20,000. Walk down historic Division Street, grab a coffee or tea at Goodbye Blue Monday, try a cupcake at Cakewalk, peruse the shoes at the Rare Pair, and learn about the town’s unique history at the Northfield Historical Society. The community of Northfield employs St. Olaf students as interns, babysitters, baristas, servers, and much more – discover it for yourself.
12. Discover your favorite spot on campus.
The official tours will show you the key places on the Hill; feel free to use that time — or time to wander on your own — to see where your new study place, meet-up spot, or meditation location will be. You can — and probably will — have more than one favorite place. I encourage you to take time to investigate the nooks and crannies of campus, from an outdoor spot in the Natural Lands, to the space under the Memorial Chime Tower, to a study corner of Regents Hall.
In addition to the highlights above, there will be a luncheon for parents, various information sessions about life on campus, such as study abroad, fine arts, and athletics, and lots of time to hear from current students and faculty. The basic schedule is on the registration page; you’ll receive a complete and detailed schedule upon check-in at Buntrock Commons. We look forward to welcoming you — see you soon!