College of St. Scholastica
Programs and Degrees Offered
At the tip of Lake Superior on the edge of northern Minnesota's wilderness, St. Scholastica is in the great college town of Duluth. The college's vibrant history is enriched by its Catholic Benedictine heritage. St. Scholastica offers nationally known programs in health sciences and professional career fields, and graduates over the past five years have enjoyed a 97% placement rate within six months of degree completion. The college also offers a Four-Year Pledge, guaranteeing that students who enter as first-year students will graduate within four years or subsequent years are free. Many people feel St. Scholastica's 186-acre campus, with its majestic stone buildings and view of Lake Superior, is the most beautiful in Minnesota. It offers a tranquil, yet stimulating setting for scholarship.
The College of St. Scholastica at a glance
- Undergraduate: 2,844 (including 979 in evening, weekend or online programs)
- Graduate: 1,516
Undergraduate student distribution
- Domestic students: 86% White, 4% Black, 3% Hispanic, 3% multiracial, 2% Asian, 2% American Indian/Alaska Native, <1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, excludes race/ethnicity unknown
- International students are 3% of total undergraduate enrollment
- Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
- Average class size: 21
- Number undergraduate majors: 35
First-year student profile
- Average ACT score: The middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores between 21 and 27; 93% of students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
- Average SAT score: The middle 50% ranges were 490-630 for math, 540-590 for reading and 490-540 for writing; 5% of students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
- High school GPA: 3.49
- Percentage from Minnesota: 85%
- Percentage who live on campus: 90%
- 2016-17 undergraduate tuition and fees: $35,326
- Room and board: $9,314
- Percentage first-time undergraduates receiving financial-aid: 100%
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Undergraduate degrees offered
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science
5 largest undergraduate majors:
- Exercise Physiology
Average class size
Graduate programs offered
- Post-Bachelor's Certificate
- Graduate Teaching Licensure
- Master of Arts
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Education
- Master of Science
- Master of Social Work
- Post-Master's Certificate
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Doctor of Physical Therapy
183 full time, 214 part time; the majority of full-time faculty hold the doctorate or highest degree in their field
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Veterinary medicine
Teaching licensure programs
Elementary/middle education, middle/secondary education, communication arts and literature, mathematics, chemistry, life science, library media specialist, music (instrumental and vocal), social studies, school social worker, Spanish
Non-traditional education programs
The College of St. Scholastica's degree programs are designed for flexibility and convenience. Courses are offered on campus, online, in accelerated (8 week) and evening formats conveniently located at campus sites in Duluth, St. Paul, St. Cloud, Brainerd and Rochester. Programs offer multiple start dates throughout the year.
About 20 certificate programs in the areas of:
- Educational Technology
- Healthcare Informatics
- Information Technology Leadership
- Nursing (post-master's)
- Online Instruction
- St. Paul
- St. Cloud
- Inver Grove Heights
- Grand Rapids
- Mesa, Arizona (at Mesa Community College's Southern and Dobson campus)
- University of Minnesota-Duluth
- University of Wisconsin-Superior
The honors program gives participants enriched learning experiences and provides a community of support for learners devoted to a vigorous life of the mind. Courses in the Honors Program are designed to provide challenging learning experiences, to investigate compelling and controversial ideas, and to require students to take charge of their learning by being actively engaged in the learning process.
Study abroad programs
The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) seeks to enlarge the educational horizons of its students by providing a variety of study abroad options
- CSS hosts two faculty-led semester abroad experiences in Ireland and Mexico.
- Students can also take advantage of semester long study through affiliation agreements with schools in England, Argentina, and China.
- The College hosts two unique exchange agreements; one focusing on health science in Leipzig Germany, and the other exploring culture, history, language, and daily life in Petrozavodsk, Russia.
- Summer and winter break faculty-led programs also take place in India, Morocco, and Italy.
CSS is committed to education through service learning as well and offers two very unique programs. Nursing students from the college administer health care to communities in Belize, and students in all disciplines have the opportunity to live and work in a monastery in Tanzania as part of a twin arrangement between the sisters in Tanzania and the sisters of St. Scholastica.
In addition to CSS offerings, a variety of service learning, study programs, and internships focus on social change at sites in:
- Northern Ireland
- around the United States through our consortium partner, HECUA (the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs)
Internships offer the opportunity to test knowledge and skills learned in the academic environment and acquire new knowledge and skills from the career world. The parameters of the internship (paid/unpaid, part/full-time and duration) can be specifically designed to meet the organization's needs. Some majors require an internship for graduation but all majors encourage these experiential learning opportunities.
Deciding on a college major and career can be an engaging and exciting process rather than one of confusion or frustration. At Career Services, counselors are available to assist students in examining interests, abilities, skills and values and researching how these best fit with various careers and majors. An extensive career resource library is available and includes occupational and career information, employer directories, resume and job search books, employment outlook and graduate/professional school information.
Career Services is also available to assist students in the job and internship search. Local, regional and national job/internship listings are regularly updated and available on our website. Counselors and a job search intern are available to provide resume critiques, mock interviews and for job and internship search strategies. Career Services participates in a variety of job and career fairs and offers programming on networking, dining etiquette, effective interviewing, resume writing and job search.
A calendar of events, links to valuable careers sites and online workshops can be accessed through the Career Services home page.
Accreditation & approval
- Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
- Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
- Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Council on Social Work Education
- Minnesota Board of Nursing
- Minnesota Board of Teaching
- Teacher Education Accreditation Council
- The Higher Learning Commission
Online application: apply.css.edu
Application requirements: ACT or SAT, high school transcript
Application deadlines: Rolling
Application fee: Free online
Advanced placement credit
Students who perform satisfactorily (received a “C” or greater) in college-level courses (PSEO, CITS, etc.) before entrance may submit official transcripts for evaluation for credit. Advanced placement and/or credit may be granted to incoming students on the basis of the College Board Advanced Placement or the International Baccalaureate courses completed in high school when students also submit the results of AP or IB examinations. Generally, credit and course equivalencies will be granted for scores of 4 and 5 on APs and 5, 6 or 7 on IBs. The college may also award credit for performance on tests of the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). A limited number of PSEO students who are high school seniors are accepted each fall.
Transfer criteria (credits, GPA):
The College of St. Scholastica welcomes transfer students — those who have attended another college after high school and have a minimum of 12 college credits. Read more about specific transfer requirements.
Transfer process (deadlines and materials)
Deadlines: none. The College requires official copies of all postsecondary transcripts.
2016-17 undergraduate tuition and fees: $35,326
Room and board: $9,314
Net price calculator: www.css.edu/truecost
Graduate tuition and fees: Graduate tuition varies by program.
Percentage of first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 100%
Financial aid application deadline: None; priority date is Mar. 15
Financial aid information
The Financial Aid Office strives to empower students to achieve their educational goals through responsible financial aid management. We are committed to serving students by providing timely information, guidance, and access to financial aid resources to enable students to realize their goals and become accountable to self and society. More information
St. Scholastica offers more than 65 student groups and organizations on campus including:
- Academic clubs
- Campus Activities Board
- Intramural sports
- Jazz band
- Multicultural and international student groups
- Peace and justice
- Peer advisors
- Religious organizations
- Student government
- Theatre arts
- Vocal music ensembles
- Volunteer/service organizations
- NCAA Division III
- Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC), except hockey (NCHA) and Nordic skiing (CCSA)
- Skiing (Nordic)
- Track and field
- Skiing (Nordic)
- Track and field
- Circle rules football
- Climbing (indoor)
- Eclipse ball
- Flag football
- Hockey (floor)
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Dance team
- Figure skating
- Ice fishing
Fine arts offerings
- Chamber choir
- Chamber groups (flute, string, piano, wood, wind, clarinet, saxophone or brass ensembles, recorder consort, viol consort and mixed ensemble)
- Collegiate chorus
- Concert band
- Jazz ensemble
- Theater productions (3-4 plays are produced each year)