St. Catherine University
Programs and Degrees Offered
St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) was founded in 1905 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Our focus on valuing and integrating the liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic intellectual tradition, emphasizing scholarly inquiry and social justice teaching remains strong. St. Kate’s offers associate, bachelor’s and advanced degree programs. With more than 50 programs of study, the College for Women is among the largest private women’s colleges in the nation. The University also offers a range of programs for women and men in the Graduate College and College for Adults. At every degree level, St. Kate’s serves a diverse student population; developing ethical, reflective and socially responsible leaders. Katies work hard for themselves and for others, claiming an education that makes a difference in their professions, families and communities. At St. Kate’s, you learn to look at the world from different perspectives — and to challenge accepted ways of thinking and behaving.
St. Catherine University at a glance
- Undergraduate: 3,283 (including 1,248 in the College for Adults)
- Graduate: 1,576
Undergraduate student distribution
- Domestic students: 60% White, 11% Asian, 10% African-American, 10% Hispanic, 4% multiracial, <1% American Indian/Alaska Native,<1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 4% race/ethnicity unknown
- International students are 1% of total undergraduate enrollment
- Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
- Average class size: 18 (day program)
- Number of undergraduate majors: 47
First-year student profile
- Percentage from Minnesota: 83%
- Percentage who live on campus: 71%
- Average ACT score: 97% of students submitted; middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores between 19 and 25
- Average high school GPA: 3.53
Cost & financial aid
- 2019-20 undergraduate tuition and fees: $43,670 (day program), $445-460 per credit (bachelor's evening/weekend/online programs)
- 2019-20 room and board: $9,300
- Percentage of first-time, full-time students receiving grants and scholarships: 99%
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 initiators in their careers.
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
Undergraduate degrees offered
- Associate of Applied Science
- Associate of Arts
- Associate of Science
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science
5 largest undergraduate majors
- Public Health
- Exercise and Sport Science
Average class size
- 18 (day program)
- 16 (evening/weekend)
- 17 (associate)
Graduate programs offered
- Master of Arts: Education, Holistic Health Studies, Interpreting Studies & Communication Equity, Occupational Therapy, Organizational Leadership, Theology
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Health Informatics
- Master of Library and Information Science
- Master of Physician Assistant Studies
- Master of Public Health in Global Health
- Master of Science: Nursing
- Master of Social Work
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Doctor of Occupational Therapy
- Doctor of Physical Therapy
259 full time, 232 part time
- Holistic health studies
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Public health
- Veterinary medicine
Teaching licensure programs
- Elementary (K-6)
- Secondary (Grades 5-12)
- K-12, with a required STEM certificate for all elementary education majors
Endorsements in pre-primary and middle-level content areas including communication arts/literature, mathematics, science, social studies and Spanish
Non-traditional education programs
St. Kate’s College for Adults offers associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and certificate programs that blend face-to- face evening or weekend classes and online learning. Courses are held year-round (fall, spring, summer), at different meeting times (evening, weekend) and in different lengths (7.5- and 15-week format).
Available at both the undergraduate and graduate level in a variety of disciplines including:
- Community Health Worker
- Healthcare Sales
- Holistic Health Studies
- Integrated Marketing Communications
- Organizational Leadership
- Spiritual Direction
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
The ACTC is a consortium of private colleges dedicated to academic excellence and urban sustainability through collaboration. The members of the consortium are Augsburg University, Hamline University, Macalester College, St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas. Students can take classes or complete a major on any one of these campuses.
First-year students or sophomores who have achieved a 3.5 GPA are eligible to apply for the Antonian Scholars program, which offers rigorous seminars for enhanced learning. The program culminates with a creative senior project.
Study abroad programs
St. Catherine University offers over 250 short-term, semester-long and year-long programs. With advance planning, students in nearly any major can participate in an approved study abroad program while progressing toward graduation.
Students have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research through St. Kate’s Assistantship Mentoring Program, Summer Scholars program and various department- and grant-funded initiatives. Last year 98 percent of students involved in collaborative research were accepted to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
The KatieClick job and internship database provides access to over 500 internship and job opportunities for students in a wide range of majors. St. Kate's organizes several career fairs throughout the year — including the Career Opportunities Fair. It's the largest career fair among private colleges and universities in Minnesota.
The Career Development Office offers free career counseling, practice interviews and writing assistance for resumes and cover letters.
Accreditation & approval
- Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
- The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
- Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
- Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
- American Chemical Society
- American Library Association
- Council on Social Work Education
- Commission for the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
- Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
- Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
- Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education
- Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology
- Minnesota Board of Nursing
Application deadlines: Rolling
Application fee: None
Admissions tests required: ACT or SAT scores are optional
Earning college credit in high school:
View a summary table of what is recognized and accepted as well as how many of those credits can be applied toward your degree.
Transfer criteria (credits, GPA)
Students must complete 48 of their final 64 semester credits at St. Catherine to earn a degree.
Transfer process (deadlines and materials)
Rolling (for fall and spring)
Net price calculator: stkate.edu/admissions/financial-aid-and-tuition/net-price-calculator
Undergraduate tuition and fees: $43,670 (day program), $445-460 per credit (bachelor's evening/weekend/online programs)
Undergraduate room and board: $9,300
Graduate tuition and fees: Per-credit tuition ranges from $526 to $1,131
Percentage of first-time, full-time students receiving grants and scholarships: 99%
Financial aid application deadline: April 15
FAFSA code: 002342
Financial aid information
A college education is one of the most important investments you can make in your future. St. Catherine University is committed to helping you and your family find ways to make your education affordable. Our admission counselors will guide new and first-year students through the financial aid process; current and returning students may seek assistance directly from the Financial Aid Office. More information
With more than 40 clubs and organizations, 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 Scholars program, a women’s choir and two student publications (The Wheel and Ariston).
- NCAA Division III
- Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)
- Swimming and diving
- Track and field (indoor and outdoor)
Intramural sports vary each semester based on student interest. The list may include rock climbing, ultimate Frisbee, bowling, ice skating and key log rolling.