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College of St. Benedict

United States
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About College of St. Benedict

The College of Saint Benedict designs programs to meet the needs and aspirations of young women, emphasizing women's leadership and a personal development profile that includes intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical development.

Its values-based and value-added residential liberal arts education provides the framework for fulfilling lives of disciplined inquiry and leadership in careers devoted to the professions, public life and service to others.

Campus information

Catholic Benedictine Sponsorship
Benedictine men and women are actively involved on both campuses as teachers, administrators and role models. 54 percent of students are Catholic; students of all faiths are welcome.

300 full-time; 52 part-time. 90 percent of full-time faculty have the highest degree in their field. 100 percent of classes are taught by faculty members.

Academic Programs
More than 60 areas of study with 37 majors and 40 minor programs. Semester schedule. Liberal arts curriculum. Bachelor of arts, bachelor of science in nursing.

Student/Faculty Ratio
Student/faculty ratio is: 12:1, median class size is 19.

Female/Male Student Ratio
Percentage women: 53; percentage men: 47

First-year enrollment: 927; total undergraduate enrollment (fulltime equivalent): 3,640

88 percent of first-year students return to CSB and SJU for their sophomore year.

Residential Life
Through a four-year residency program, nearly all students live on campus.

Graduation Rate
80 percent of CSB/SJU students complete their degree; more than 90 percent of those graduates finish within four years. Nationally, the six-year completion rate is 65 percent of all private college students and 58 percent of public college students. (U.S. Department of Education)

Geographic Facts
CSB and SJU students come from 37 different states. 

Multicultural percentage: 15.4 percent; international percentage: 4.9 percent; number of countries represented: 27; number of international students: 179.

Student Activities
Varsity sports: 11 at CSB, 12 at SJU; club sports: 16; intramural sports: 10-15; clubs and organizations: 100

Typically, 20 percent of all graduates go directly to graduate school. About 80 percent of graduates have found career-related positions or entered service work.

Computer Facilities
100 percent of residence hall rooms are wired to high-speed campus network backbone. Every residence hall has a computer cluster with access to the same applications as those in classrooms, labs and access areas. Computer access areas are available for student use seven days a week, with modern PCs and laser printers. Wireless access is available in all academic buildings including both libraries, most campus outdoor green spaces and all of the residence halls and apartments.

International Study
We offer 19 semester-long, faculty-led international study programs: Australia, Austria, Chile, China, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain and South Africa. In addition, the colleges sponsor over 20 short-term international programs around the world each year. CSB/SJU are ranked 3rd among baccalaureate schools sending total number of students abroad.  CSB/SJU have been ranked among the top 6 schools nationally in this category for the past 10 years. Annually, 55 percent of all CSB/SJU students will participate in one of the colleges' semester-long programs.

The colleges are located on 3,300 acres of woods and lakes of Minnesota, an hour from Minneapolis/St. Paul and just west of Saint Cloud.


CSB students who would like to live on the St. Ben's campus for the summer will have the option of living in Centennial Commons, Wirth and McDonald Apartments. SJU students who would like to live on the St. Ben's campus for the summer will have the option of living in the six-person McDonald Apartments.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 2 Applied, Pure Sciences 3 Computer Science, IT 2 Creative Arts & Design 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 2


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