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St. Olaf College (U.S.)

Northfield, Minnesota

Last modified: 2022-11-05 by rick wyatt
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[Flag of St. Olaf College, Minnesota] image located by Paul Bassinson, 7 April 2020

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St.Olaf College - teaching about 3000 students - is situated at Northfield, Minnesota (US). Homepage and Mission

"St. Olaf, a four-year college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, provides an education committed to the liberal arts, rooted in the Christian Gospel, and incorporating a global perspective."

From 'The History and Heritage of St.Olaf':
"A group of pioneer pastors, farmers and businessmen in Rice, Dakota and Goodhue counties, under the leadership of the Rev. Bernt Julius Muus, the Rev. N.A. Quammen and Harald Thorson, laid the groundwork for the college's founding in 1874. (…) They named the school for Olav II Haraldsson (spelled Olaf in the 19th century), king of Norway from 1016 until 1030. His martyrdom on July 29, 1030, at the Battle of Stiklestad, close to Pastor Muus's own place of birth, made him Norway's patron saint and eternal king and secured a national monarchy and the position of the Christian church in that country. St. Olaf's School was operated as an academy until 1886, when a college department was added. The name was changed to St. Olaf College in 1889. The first college class graduated in 1890. The academy was discontinued in 1917. (…) In 1900 the college department of the United Church Seminary was consolidated with St. Olaf, and in 1917 the college department of Red Wing Seminary was merged with St. Olaf."

Link to the college's Graphic Identity System: of which 'The Lion and the Official College Seal' is - to us - the most important part:

"The graphic identity system uses one lion: based on the St. Olaf College official seal. This lion has the greatest recognition equity and allows us to create a bridge between the graphic identity system and the college seal. Furthermore, the lion will not be a part of the core identity but will be used as a part of the look for intercollegiate athletics of the college and for special circumstances. The lion should always face left and it must not be physically altered in any way unless there are special considerations.

The lion should always appear as a single color. The preferred color for the lion is solid black or gold (4-color process or PMS 131/139) or a solid color selected from the approved palette. Alternatively, it may be reversed out to white."

Jan Mertens, 29 November 2006


[Seal of Saint Olaf University] image located by Paul Bassinson, 22 January 2017


[Logo] image located by Paul Bassinson, 23 October 2022