St. Olaf has numerous breaks during the academic year. During breaks, the residence hall is available for all students with no extra costs. But for the winter break, the Residence office will be sending out an email for students to sign up if they would like to stay in their rooms over the break.
Usual Schedule for School Breaks and Holidays:
- Fall Break: October 10 – October 13
- Thanksgiving Break: November 25 – November 29
- Winter Break: December 23 – January 3
- Interim Break: January 30- February 7
- Spring Break: March 27- April 5
Fall 2020 schedule:
Semester starts: August 20, 2020
Last Day of Classes: November 17, 2020
Extended Holiday Break Begins: November 25, 2020
THIS MEANS, FOR FALL 2020 DUE TO THE PANDEMIC THERE IS NO FALL BREAK OR THANKSGIVING BREAK. THANKSGIVING BREAK WILL BE THE BEGINNING OF THE WINTER BREAK.
For the fall break, regular meal plans are in effect, but during the other breaks, there will be a limited plan offered for students at no additional cost. The college cafe, “The Cage” is usually open most of Winter Break, but it is usually closed on Christmas Eve/Day and New Year’s Day, so on those days, students on campus would need to arrange their own food. Planning ahead will be very beneficial in situations where you stay on campus and the cafeteria is closed. Cub Foods and Target are good places to find your food items, but the bus stops running during specific holidays, so make sure to go ahead of time lest you find yourself without transport to these stores. If you do find yourself, however, without transportation and in need of groceries, walking is always an option or you may post on the St-Olaf extra email list (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find a ride.
During short breaks, many students stay on campus. However, on longer breaks, most students take it as an opportunity to travel within the U.S. or to surrounding countries. The campus might feel a little empty, but all students are welcomed to stay on campus. Sometimes, there are short trips to places near St. Olaf such as Minneapolis or Mall of America, or activities on campus planned for students staying.
Examples of Travel Options:
- The closest Greyhound Bus stops are in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Burnsville.
- Megabus stops in both Minneapolis and St. Paul and often offer very low rates for early morning/late night travel.
- Amtrak trains stop at St. Paul Depot
- StudentUniverse offers discounted rates for flights and accommodation for students. You will sometimes need to prove that you are a student before you can take advantage of their offers.
- There are many other sites like Kayak, Priceline.com, Skyscanner, and Expedia that can search discount travel options for you.
During the summer break which is about three months long, there is an additional charge for staying in the Residence halls and students need to register ahead of time. Please note – it is the responsibility of the student to find a job on-campus during the summer, you are not simply assigned a new job for the summer.
Here is the link to the 2020-2021 St. Olaf Academic Calendar.