Saint John's University & College of Saint Benedict
Programs 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. All students complete at least one experiential learning activity such as undergraduate research, internships, study abroad or community service. The campuses are located on more than 3,000 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: 1,943 (CSB), 1,742 (SJU)
- Graduate: 127 (SJU)
Undergraduate student distribution
- Domestic students:
- CSB: 83% White, 6% Asian, 6% Hispanic, 3% Black, 1% American Indian/Alaska Native, 1% multiracial <1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, excludes race/ethnicity unknown
- SJU: 85% White, 7% Hispanic, 3% Black, 3% Asian, 1% American Indian/Alaska Native, 1% multiracial, <1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, excludes race/ethnicity unknown
- International students are 4% of undergraduate enrollment at CSB and 5% at SJU
- Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
- Average class size: 19
- Number undergraduate majors: 36
First-year student profile
- Average ACT score:
- CSB: Middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores between 23 and 29. 94% of first-year students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
- SJU: Middle 50% had ACT composite scores between 23 and 28. 89% of first-year students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
- Average SAT score:
- CSB: Middle 50% ranges for SAT Math: 480-610, SAT Reading: 520-610, SAT Writing: 490-630. 10% of students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
- SJU: Middle 50% ranges for SAT Math: 490-590, SAT Reading: 480-610, SAT Writing: 470-580. 14% of students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
- High school GPA: 3.34-3.91
- Percentage from Minnesota: 77%
- Percentage who live on campus: 100%
- 2015-16 undergraduate tuition and fees: CSB: $40,846, SJU: $40,226
- Room and board: CSB: $10,229, SJU: $9,604
- Percentage first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 95%
*based only on those who have accounts on LinkedIn
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
5 largest majors
- Global Business Leadership
Average class size
300 full time, 52 part time; 90% of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Physician's assistant
- Veterinary medicine
Teaching licensure programs
- Kindergarten education
- Elementary education
- Middle education
- Secondary education
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 19 semester-long programs in the following locations: Australia, Austria, Chile, China, England (Coventry and London), France, Germany, Greece-Italy, Guatemala, India, Ireland (Cork and Galway), Japan, Northern Ireland, South Africa and Spain. The colleges offer additional international trips during Summer Term.
Academic credit is granted for internships in a student's chosen field. Students in many academic disciplines intern at various sites in Minnesota and throughout the world. All students participating in the colleges’ London Program complete an internship, and approximately 30 students complete internships each summer in Washington, D.C. 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.
Accreditation & approval
- American Chemical Society
- American Dietetic Association
- Association of Theological Schools
- Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education
- 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
- North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Online application: www.inspiredapplication.com
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): None
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: Apr. 1; spring deadline: Dec. 1. Applications must include application form, college and high school transcript and transfer evaluation form.
2016-17 undergraduate tuition and fees:
- CSB: $42,271
- SJU: $41,732
Room and board:
- CSB: $10,535
- SJU: $9,892
Percentage of first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 94%
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 $1,000 to $22,000 a year based on academic, leadership, artistic and service abilities.
More than 100 clubs and organizations covering a variety of interests:
- Social justice
- Special interests
- NCAA Division III
- Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)
- Hockey (ice)
- Swimming and diving
- Ttrack and field
- Hockey (ice)
- Swimming and diving
- Track and field
- ...and many others
- Dance team
- Skiing (Nordic)
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Water polo
- ...and many others
Fine arts offerings
- 23 music ensembles
- 4 major annual theater productions
- Annual juried student art exhibit
- Art club
- Swing Catz
- Ballroom dance
- Fine arts programming such as Minnesota Orchestra, Bill McLaughlin and Lorie Line
Saint Benedict/Saint John's Campus News
- The Saint John’s Pottery to host three resident artists in June Debra Keyes, Nadine Terk and Jane Kelley Rodeheffer will create ceramic art while in residence at SJU.
- Bugler wins national steeplechase title For the third time, a Saint John's University student-athlete won the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase title at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Ryan Bugler, a junior from Okinawa, Japan, won the title Saturday, May 28, at Waverly, Iowa. Photo courtesy of D3photography.com.