Saint John's University & College of Saint Benedict

Saint Ben's campus
Great Hall
Saint John's Quad
CSB/SJU musicians
Saint Ben's Gorecki Dining and Conference Center
Saint John's student and professor
Student and professor outside
Students in science lab
Students on campus
Learning outdoors
Fun on the lake
In the library
Science lab
Painting class

College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University
Office of Admission
P.O. Box 7155
Collegeville, MN 56321

phone: 320.363.2196
toll-free: 800.544.1489
fax: 320.363.5010
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Majors and Degrees Offered


The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are nationally recognized liberal arts colleges distinguished by a singular, undergraduate experience. This partnership gives students the opportunities of a large university while retaining the close personal attention of a premier liberal arts college. The colleges are committed to global learning and connection — a commitment that extends to experiences inside and outside of the classroom. Nearly all students (96%) complete an internship, participate in undergraduate research, study abroad, or participate in community service. The campuses are located on 3,500 acres of woods, lakes, and prairie — providing students with unique opportunities for education and recreation. Through a four-year residential program, nearly all students live on campus.

College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University at a Glance


  • Undergraduate: 2,051 (CSB), 1,871 (SJU)
  • Graduate: 108 (SJU)


  • Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Average class size: 20
  • Number undergraduate majors: 37

Student Distribution

  • Domestic students:
    • CSB: 85% White, 6% Asian, 6% Hispanic, 2% Black, <1% American Indian/Alaska Native, <1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 1% Multiracial
    • SJU: 88% White, 5% Hispanic, 3% Black, 3% Asian, 1% American Indian/Alaska Native, <1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 1% Multiracial
  • International students:
    • CSB: 6%
    • SJU: 5%

First-Year Student Profile

  • Average ACT score: CSB: Middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores between 23 and 28. 92% of first-year students presented the ACT as part of their applications. SJU: Middle 50% had ACT composite scores between 22 and 29. 90% of first-year students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
  • Average SAT score: CSB: Middle 50% ranges for SAT Math: 510-645, SAT Reading: 505-635, SAT Writing: 520-650. 12% of students submitted the SAT as part of their applications. SJU: Middle 50% ranges for SAT Math: 489-640, SAT Reading: 450-673, SAT Writing: 469-620. 13% of students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
  • High school GPA: 3.39-3.92
  • Percentage from Minnesota: 80%
  • Percentage who live on campus: 100%


  • 2013-14 undergraduate tuition and fees: CSB: $37,926 SJU: $37,162
  • Room and board: CSB: $9,644, SJU $8,984
  • Percentage first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: CSB: 93%, SJU: 93%

Religious Affiliation

  • Catholic Benedictine


Degrees offered

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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5 largest majors

Global Business Leadership, Biology, Psychology, Communication, Accounting


300 full-time; 68 part-time; 83% of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field

Student/faculty ratio


Average class size


Accreditation & Approval

American Chemical Society, American Dietetic Association, Association of Theological Schools, Council on Social Work Education, Minnesota Board of Nursing, Minnesota State Board of Teaching, National Association of Schools of Music, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education, North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Pre-Professional Programs

Dentistry, engineering, forestry, law, medicine, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, divinity, veterinary medicine, chiropractic, optometry, physician's assistant

Teaching Licensure Programs

Kindergarten, elementary, middle and secondary education

Honors Program

The Honors Program is open to entering first-year students upon the recommendation of the admission committee and the coordinator of Honors and Undergraduate Research. Well-qualified students also may enter the Honors Program at the sophomore level by application.

Study Abroad Programs

More than half of our students participate in international study. The colleges offer 17 semester-long programs in the following locations: Australia, Austria, London, Chile, China, France, Greece-Italy, Guatemala, India, Ireland (Cork and Galway), Japan, South Africa, Spain. The colleges offer additional international trips during May Term and Summer Term.

Internships/ career services

Academic credit is granted for internships in a student's chosen field. The internship experience allows students the opportunity to apply learned skills and principles in a practical work setting. Students in many academic disciplines intern at various sites in Minnesota and throughout the country. The colleges' career planning and placement staffs offer one-to-one career counseling, courses, resume writing workshops, internship and externship assistance, access to a career resource library and career contact file, and arrangement of on-campus job interviews.

Admission & cost


Online application:

Admissions tests required: ACT or SAT

Application deadlines: Early Action I — Nov. 15, Early Action II — Dec. 15, Regular Decision — Jan. 15

Application fee (amount): Free

Advanced placement credit

Students who perform satisfactorily (grades of C or better) in college-level courses (PSEO, CITS, etc.) may submit official college transcripts for credit evaluation. Students who successfully complete Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) courses before enrolling; and who demonstrate their achievement by presenting exam scores may earn credit, advanced standing and/or placement into specific courses. Individual departments determine credit/placement based on the obtained scores. More information about transferring any type of credit to CSB/SJU.

Transfer criteria (credits, GPA):

A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required.

Transfer process (deadlines and materials)

Fall Priority Deadline - April 1; Spring Deadline - December 1. Applications must include: application form, personal statement, college and high school transcript, transfer evaluation form.


2013-14 undergraduate tuition and fees: CSB: $37,926 SJU: $37,162

Room and board: CSB: $9,644 SJU $8,984

Percentage of first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: .CSB: 95%, SJU: 93%

Financial aid information

More than 90% of the students at CSB/SJU receive some form of financial aid. The average need-based award, including a student's merit scholarship, loan, and student employment, is $27,000. Scholarships range from $2,000 to $20,000 a year based on academic, leadership, artistic and service abilities.
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Student involvement

Student organizations

More than 100 clubs and organizations covering a variety of interests: Academic, Special Interests, Cultural, Service and Social Justice

Athletic programs

Conference membership

NCAA Division III, Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)

Men's varsity

Baseball, Basketball, cross-country, football, golf, ice hockey, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, wrestling

Women's varsity

Basketball, cross-country, golf, ice hockey,  soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball


Basketball, football, racquetball, softball and many others

Club sports

Crew, dance, lacrosse, Nordic skiing, rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, water polo and many more

Fine Arts Offerings

Art Club, Swing Catz, Ballroom Dance, CSB Dance Team, various choral and instrumental groups, Jazz, Orchestra, Band, fine arts programming such as Minnesota Orchestra, Bill McLaughlin, and Lorie Line.