St. Olaf College
St. Olaf College is the college across the Cannon River from Carleton. It was founded in 1874, making it slightly younger than Carleton. It is about 60% larger than Carleton, with 2900 students. Its students are known as Oles. St. Olaf is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and this is reflected in several ways in student life, including having non-mandatory daily chapel time. The campus is also dry (no alcohol allowed), leading many Oles to seek weekend entertainment in town or on the Carleton campus. It was originally a Norwegian-American school, and although its diversity has increased over the years, there is still a large population of students of Norwegian descent with many very Norwegian last names.
St. Olaf has naturally been Carleton's primary rival school in athletics and other competition since its inception. However, students of the two schools generally get along quite well; relationships are not uncommon, and there was a cross-campus speed dating event in the 2007-2008 school year.
StOlaf.edu - The college's official website