One of the leading four-year residential colleges in the nation; St. Olaf College presents an academically exhaustive education coupled with a deep-rooted faith tradition. Opened on January 8, 1875 as St. Olaf’s School, the St. Olaf College was the first site under the leadership of Thorbjorn Mohn, its first president. It was originally established in 1874 by a group of Norwegian-American pastors and farmers. The institute is named in the honor of Olaf II of Norway, patron saint and former king of Norway. Also known as ‘The Hill’, St. Olaf is a liberal arts college of the church in the Lutheran tradition (ELCA). The scenic campus is home to over 15 academic and administrative buildings, and more than 25 student residences, spread across an area of 300-acres.