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Summer: A Great Time to Visit St. Olaf!

June 14, 2012

The leaves are out, the flowers are blooming, and Admissions is open! Summer is a great time to get a sense for life on the Hill. Whether you’re in the area already and want to check out Minnesota colleges, or insert college visits into your family’s great Midwestern road trip, there are a variety of ways to visit this summer so you and your family get a first look at St. Olaf.

Minnesota Private College Week (MPCW)
June 25-29
Session 1: 9:30 – 11:45 p.m. each day
Session 2: 2:00 – 4:15 p.m. each day

Each summer, every private college in the state of Minnesota opens its doors for two open house sessions daily. This makes it conducive to visiting a few schools per day, which is pretty handy if you’re seriously considering Minnesota private colleges. The MPCW program is an introduction to St. Olaf. It’s a way to hear from its people, including a mini-lecture from faculty; learn about how the admissions process works; and meet some students in their natural habitats as they show you campus from their perspective.

Summer Visit Days: July 9 & 23; August 6 & 13
8:30 – 1:30 p.m. each day including lunch

Summer Visit Days are a more in-depth look at campus. The programming will include information about our liberal arts curriculum; abroad and off-campus study opportunities; mini-lectures from two faculty members; and all about student life during the student-led campus tour; additionally, you will get the chance to dine in Stav Hall, the campus cafeteria, and get a taste of our top-ranked food.

Individual Visit

The Admissions Office is open every weekday this summer from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the exception of Wednesday, July 4. We offer multiple tours every day, a morning and afternoon information session, and the opportunity to arrange an individual interview with a member of the admissions staff. This is a great way to get your individual questions answered by one-on-one interaction with tour guides and admissions officers; additionally, it’s fun for us to meet the students with whom we’ll work during the application and visit season!

When planning your trip to St. Olaf, note that the entrance off of Highway 19 will be closed for the summer as crews work on the road and Hoyme Residence Hall. Be sure to plan for the detour as you map out your trip. Also, this summer, we’ll be featuring the culinary skills of St. Olaf student entrepreneurs in the form of JonnyPops — a delicious way to support our students while cooling off during the hot months. More on JonnyPops in an upcoming blog post.

We can’t wait to welcome our visitors to campus this summer! It’s a beautiful time to visit, and your college search will certainly be well-informed by the time you depart. See you on the Hill!

– Maggie


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