Students who finish the St. Olaf application for OE before the following dates will receive the corresponding stipend for their time on the program.
February 15, 2022 $400 Stipend
The Oregon Extension is a community of scholars and students located in an old logging camp in southern Oregon, established in 1975. Every fall, this community welcomes a four-month program of learning and study. The study is accomplished in intensive small-group and individual tutorial sessions, tailored to the students’ interests and needs.
The curriculum is structured around four broad themes: The Contemporary World, Social Analysis and Theory, Human Stories and Living Faith. Each theme is addressed in a three-and-a-half week segment; each segment is divided in half. During the first half of a segment, students work in a group with a shared core of readings and discussions. In the second half of each segment, the students work individually with a professor in the area of their own interest, growing out of the previous readings and discussion. Each segment ends with two days of student presentations. Students studying off-campus in the fall can bring up to 4.5 credits (maximum) back to St. Olaf. Note: The OE program consists of four 3cr courses, one 4cr course, and one 1cr course for a total of 17 US semester credits. Due to the 4.5 cap on semester credits, total credit translated from OE to St. Olaf is reduced by 0.5cr -- meaning students may earn GE and/or major/concentration credit for five out of six courses -- for 4.5 St. Olaf credits total.
Student life in the Oregon Extension is quiet, community-based, and focused on taking a break from the busyness of life. Access to cell phones and wifi is limited so as encourage building relationships with fellow classmates, with whom they live in cabins and participate in a variety activities, from meal planning and cooking to trips into town, hiking, jogging, and skiing to enjoy the natural surroundings. Students are assigned weekly chores to help care for the property. To learn more about the community living aspect of the Oregon Extension, click here. To learn more about the site itself, click here.
Students live together in groups of four or five in cabins. For more information on cabin life, click here.