St. Catherine University, also known as St. Kate’s, is one of the largest private women’s universities in the nation and one of the most culturally diverse campuses in Minnesota. At St. Kate’s, you’ll be able to find and claim an education in which the talents, aspirations and contributions of women are not only valued but acknowledged as central to the world’s future. With more than 60 majors offered and the ability to pursue graduate degrees, plus an additional 35 majors offered in partnership with neighboring Twin Cities private colleges, you can apply your skills and earn your degree. Our campus is nestled in the beautiful Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul. Shop, grab a bite, see a show or enjoy the great outdoors, the Highland Park neighborhood has so much to offer within walking distance. Plus museums, recreation and entertainment in both Minneapolis and St. Paul is a quick transit ride away.
St. Kate's is a women’s, Catholic, liberal arts university founded in 1905 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, a group of visionary women on a mission to educate women to lead and influence. St. Kate’s is a place where you can realize your full potential among people invested in the education of women, where you can freely express yourself with the fellowship and support of your peers, where leadership is encouraged and not a competition and strong women role models are everywhere.
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Student body profile
St. Kate's guides an inclusive, diverse and supportive community of students invested in more than just your academic success: our community helps you connect with your purpose. We provide each of our students with the resources, connections and opportunities they need to develop the knowledge and empowerment to transcend what they thought was possible. Our students know that when they come to St. Kate’s, they aren't just going to be taking classes for the sake of getting a degree. They are rooted in something larger and more meaningful.
St. Kate’s offers a range of majors in three areas: The School of Business; The School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences; and the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health. With programs grounded in liberal arts education, St. Kate’s prepares students to solve issues in a complex world by developing their skills to challenge assumptions, think critically and communicate clearly — skills employers are always looking for. Thriving within the campus community are a free-flowing exchange of ideas, perspectives and life stories as well as field work, internships, fellowships, study abroad opportunities and collaborative projects with faculty.
I’ve always been passionate about social advocacy, especially for disability rights, since middle school when I would write letters to the school board arguing for desegregation of special education. St. Kate’s has given me invaluable opportunities to explore that passion and act on it. I’ve grown more assertive and empowered as a Katie —and I look forward to future opportunities to expand my advocacy skills.
Alma Silver '20
Costs & financial aid
A St. Catherine University education is one of the most worthwhile investments you’ll ever make, and we are committed to helping you find ways to make that investment affordable for you and your family. From student employment to scholarships, financial aid and financing, our admissions counselors will be with you every step of the way. At St. Kate’s, 100 percent of first-year students receive some form of financial aid. We offers over 300 scholarships to our students and awarded more than $2.7 million in scholarship dollars in 2019.
First-time, full-time students receiving grants and scholarships
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Experience personal growth, meet new friends, share common interests with other students and have some fun outside of the classroom! With more than 60 clubs and organizations chartered at St. Catherine University, you’re sure to find a group that’s right for you. St. Kate’s also has 26 national honor societies — in addition to its rigorous Antonian Honors program and two student publications (The Wheel and Ariston). Our Office of Scholarly Engagement is dedicated to helping you gain competitive fellowship opportunities such as the Fulbright Scholarship and Rhodes Scholarship.
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Cultural or ethnic
Fine art offerings
The Visual Arts Building, home to our fine art studios, and The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery provide St. Kate’s students with light-filled spaces to create their work and take in thought-provoking exhibitions that underscore women’s contributions to art and explore themes of social justice, activism and aesthetics. Artists are also celebrated at The O’Shaughnessy auditorium, a distinguished Twin Cities venue hosting musicians, dance and theater companies from around the world. The O’Shaughnessy and the Frey Black Box theater also host student productions.
Theater & Dance
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NCAA Division III - Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)
Swimming / Diving
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Number of intramural sports
Intramural sports are open to all St. Catherine University undergraduate students each semester. The purpose of intramural sports at St. Kate’s is to offer a co-curricular environment in which the student body can engage in a variety of recreational sports or activities that complement health, social involvement and play. Intramural sports vary each semester based on student interest. The list may include volleyball, basketball, field hockey, rock climbing, ultimate Frisbee, bowling, ice skating and key log rolling.
St. Kate’s graduates go on to become CEOs, senators, congresswomen, judges, teachers, scientists, doctors, librarians, writers, healers, social workers and more. Nearly 93 percent of St. Kate’s students are working full time or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation. Employers say our graduates are strong critical thinkers, persuasive communicators and leaders in their careers.
Disciplines with largest number of graduates
1. Health professions and related programs
2. Business, management, marketing and related support services
3. Public administration and social service professions
Use LinkedIn’s alumni tool* to explore what St. Kate graduates majored in and the types of careers they have and with which companies.
*based only on those who have accounts on LinkedIn
St. Catherine University
Office of Admission
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN55105