College of St. Scholastica

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The College of St. Scholastica
Office of Admissions
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811

phone: 218.723.6046
toll-free: 800.249.6412
fax: 218.723.5991
TTY/TTD: 218.723.6790
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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: 2,859
  • Graduate: 1,378

Undergraduate Student Distribution

  • Domestic students: 86% White, 5% Black, 3% Asian, 2% Hispanic, 2% multiracial, 1% American Indian/Alaska Native
  • International students are 3% of total undergraduate enrollment


  • Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
  • Average class size: 21
  • Number undergraduate majors: 38

First-Year Student Profile

  • Average ACT score: The middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores between 21 and 26. 91% of students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
  • Average SAT score: Middle 50% ranges for SAT Math: 430-500, SAT Reading: 420-530, SAT Writing: 380-510. 3% of students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
  • High school GPA: 3.50
  • Percentage from Minnesota: 83%
  • Percentage who live on campus: 90%


  • 2014-15 undergraduate tuition and fees: $32,842
  • Room and board: $8,598
  • Percentage first-time undergraduates receiving financial-aid: 99%

Religious Affiliation

  • Catholic Benedictine


Degrees offered

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Post-Bachelor's Certificate, Graduate Teaching Licensure, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Social Work, Post-Master's Certificate, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Physical Therapy

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5 largest majors

Nursing, Biology, Management, Health Information Management and Social Work


183 full-time, 214 part-time; the majority of full-time faculty hold the doctorate or highest degree in their field

Student/faculty ratio


Average class size


Accreditation & Approval

The Higher Learning Commission, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Council on Social Work Education, Minnesota Board of Nursing, Minnesota Board of Teaching, Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Pre-Professional Programs

Chiropractic, dentistry, law, library, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatry, 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.

Certification Programs

About 20 certificate programs in the areas of Educational Technology, Healthcare Informatics, Information Technology Leadership, Management, Nursing (post-master's), and Online Instruction.

Satellite Campuses

St. Paul, St. Cloud, Brainerd, Rochester, Inver Grove Heights and Grand Rapids in Minnesota. Surprise in Arizona.

Intercampus Agreements

University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Honors Program

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 Bangladesh, Ecuador, Northern Ireland, Norway/Sweden/Estonia and around the United States through our consortium partner, HECUA (the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs).

Internships/ career services

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.

Admission & cost


Online application:

Application requirements: ACT or SAT, high school transcript

Application deadlines: Rolling

Application fee: Free online

Advanced placement credit

Students who perform satisfactorily 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.


2014-15 undergraduate tuition and fees: $32,842

Room and board: $8,598

Graduate tuition and fees: Graduate tuition varies by program.

Percentage of first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 99%

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.
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Student involvement

Student organizations

St. Scholastica offers more than 65 student groups and organizations on campus, including: Campus Activities Board, academic clubs, intramural sports, multicultural and international student groups, peace and justice, peer advisors, jazz band, religious organizations, student government, theatre arts, vocal music ensembles, volunteer/service organizations and others.

Athletic programs

Conference membership

NCAA Division III, Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC), except Hockey (NCHA) and Nordic Skiing (CCSA)

Men's varsity

Baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, ice hockey, Nordic skiing, soccer, tennis, track and field

Women's varsity

Basketball, cross-country, ice hockey, Nordic skiing, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball


Badminton, basketball, bowling, circle rules football, dodgeball, eclipse ball, flag football, floor hockey, indoor climbing, kickball, soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, wiffleball

Club sports

Climbing, dance team, figure skating, snowboarding, ice fishing

Fine Arts Offerings

Concert band, jazz ensemble, collegiate chorus, chamber choir, chamber groups (flute, string, piano, wood, wind, clarinet, saxophone or brass ensembles, recorder consort, viol consort and mixed ensemble) and theater productions (3-4 plays are produced each year)

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