College of Saint Benedict

37 S. College Ave., Saint joseph, MN 56374
Tel: (320)363-5011
Private not-for-profit | 2,070 students
CSB, for women, and SJU, for men, are nationally recognized Catholic liberal arts colleges and ranked as two of the top three Catholic colleges in the nation. They share one academic program, and students attend classes together on both campuses. This integrated learning experience combines a challenging academic program with extensive opportunities for international study, leadership, service learning, spiritual growth and cultural and athletic involvement. The combined enrollment of more than 3,800 students makes CSB and SJU the largest of the nation's liberal arts colleges.

School Overview:

College of Saint Benedict
CountyStearns County, MN
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
162 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment2,070 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
2,037 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
33 students137 students
 
% American Indian/Alaskan
-1%
% Asian
3%2%
% Hawaiian
-1%
% Hispanic
1%3%
% Black
1%6%
% White
94%84%
% Two or more races
-2%
 
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
(2012-13)
$36,218$24,462
 
Out-State Tuition Fees
(2012-13)
$36,218$24,744
 
Percent Admitted77%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)480-640450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)480-610460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)490-640440-570
ACT English (25-75%)22-3019-25
ACT Math (25-75%)23-2818-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)23-2920-25

School Notes:

  • The Catholic character of CSB and SJU is shaped by the Benedictine communities that founded the colleges in the 19th century and continue to foster Benedictine Catholic values in the academic, spiritual and social life of the colleges. Today, Benedictine women and men remain actively involved in teaching and administration, and their prayerful presence in community life provides the stable sense of home for which CSB and SJU are so well known.
  • The heart of the CSB/SJU undergraduate experience is rooted in a lively and sustained engagement between students and faculty – in the classroom and beyond. Professors actively encourage and strongly support students to take responsibility for and own their education. Discussion-based classes and active learning teaching practices typify CSB/SJU classrooms and curricular challenges. Experiential educational opportunities in study abroad, service learning, internships and undergraduate research as well as learning communities and residential hall learning programs are central to a full CSB/SJU learning experience.
  • Together, the colleges sponsor many co-recreational athletic activities. Men and women utilize modern exercise facilities on both campuses, and students participate in a number of co-rec intramural and club sports. An extensive outdoor recreation program takes outdoor enthusiasts from both colleges to the best hiking, biking and paddling destinations in Minnesota and around the country.
  • CSB is located in central Minnesota, surrounded by 3,200 acres of pristine forests, prairies and lakes. The colleges are minutes away from the St. Cloud metropolitan area with a population of more than 100,000, while Minneapolis and St. Paul are 70 miles southeast on Interstate 94.
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