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College of Saint Benedict (St. John's University - International Student Information)

  • Saint Joseph, MN
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 100%0%
    student ratio
  • 2,051
    total students
  • $38,428 | $38,428
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 75%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 539
    sat math
  • 531
    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 25
    act composite

Overview

Private Liberal Arts Education in Beautiful Central Minnesota

Situated on 3,300 acres of land in the rural picturesque Upper Midwest, the College of Saint Benedict (CSB) in St. Joseph, Minnesota, and Saint John's University (SJU) in Collegeville , Minnesota, are two of the top-three Catholic liberal arts colleges in the U.S.

Students have numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation in the region's prairies, forests, and lakes. During the winter months, snow turns the campus and the surrounding area into a winter wonderland that is perfect for skiing, skating, and other winter sports. CSB/SJU provides an ideal experience for outdoors lovers to grow in both their academic pursuits and their engagement with the natural world around them.

For those who desire the culture, style, and sophistication of bigger cities, the St. Cloud metro area (population: 180,000) is located only a few miles from St. Joseph and Collegeville, and the much larger metropolitan area of Minneapolis / St. Paul is only 70 miles to the southeast of CSB/SJU.

Performing arts lovers will be glad to learn that CSB's Benedicta Arts Center is considered one of the best performing arts centers in the Upper Midwest.

Two Colleges, One Curriculum, Full Student Access

CSB is an all-women's college, and SJU is an all-men's college; however, these two neighboring institutions, only about six miles apart, share a single curriculum, and students can attend classes on either campus. This makes CSB/SJU unique in the world of academia. Free and convenient shuttle transportation between the campuses is available throughout the day, every day.

CSB/SJU students enjoy all of the benefits and advantages of large universities, but with the one-on-one engagement with professors that typifies small, private colleges. All of the resources and classes offered by the two colleges are available to every student enrolled as CSB/SJU. SJU students can take master classes and participate in discussion panels at CSB's Literary Arts Institute whereas CSB students can volunteer at or pursue research projects at the SJU Arboretum.

The universities offer 36 majors and 32 minors. Majors fall into the following departmental divisions: fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and a variety of pre-professional programs. CSB/SJU also has several unique interdisciplinary majors, including peace studies, Asian studies, and gender studies.

Intimate Classroom Experiences in a Close-knit, Diverse Community

Since most students live on the campuses in residence halls, CSB/SJU boasts a very tight-knit, friendly community experience. Students come from diverse backgrounds, including 37 of the 50 states. Over 230 students from approximately 40 countries call CSB/SJU home. International students represent countries from every major continent, and countries from Chile to China and Ethiopia to Poland, just to name a few.

In addition, a 12:1 student-faculty ratio means that students receive individual attention from professors. Over 350 full- and part-time faculty members teach the approximately 4,000 students at the joint institutions. With an average class size of 20, students learn in intimate classroom settings, ideal for the active interchange of ideas and discussions.

High overall student satisfaction is one of the best measures of the CSB/SJU experience: over 90 percent of first-year students return to continue their studies in their sophomore years.

A Well-Rounded Liberal Arts Focus

CSB/SJU's liberal arts curriculum is dedicated to educating well-rounded future leaders. In order to provide the best liberal arts education, CSB/SJU has developed a common curriculum that all students must complete outside their fields of study. The common curriculum includes a proficiency in a foreign language, and a specified number of courses in fine arts, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, natural sciences, and theology.

English as Second Language (ESL) Program

CSB/SJU offers ESL classes for students who need the extra language support.

ESL classes include the following skill sets and topics: listening comprehension, reading, speaking, and composition. International students attend these classes simultaneously while enrolled in other classes at the colleges.

Students can also arrange for special individualized tutoring sessions with the ESL staff as needed.

A Helping Hand from the Intercultural and International Student Services Office

The Intercultural and International Student Services Office (IISSO) helps international students adjust to life in the U.S. Because assistance from peers can be very important, IISSO employs international student and US students on its staff as "mentors" for new international students to help learn the "ins and outs" of life at CSB/SJU. CSB/SJU's commitment to serving international students and their efforts at "internationalizing" the campuses have been recognized by receiving the prestigious 2012 NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Campus Internationalization Award.

The friendly IISSO staff also helps students maintain their legal status in the U.S. Up-to-date information on visas and employment documents can be obtained through IISSO.

Annual Festivals Celebrate International Culture

Another goal of IISSO is to facilitate cultural interaction between students and staff on campus. Throughout the year, IISSO plans a variety of campus-wide events to promote cultural awareness.

One of the most important annual events is the Festival of Cultures that takes place during the fall semester. This festival honors the richness of nations and traditions represented on campus through an engaging combination of informational booths, entertainment, and food. On the night of this event, students enjoy authentic music, dance, and martial arts demonstrations from across the globe.

Social Networking Program for International Students

The International Friends Program encourages friendships between international students and the university community (staff, faculty, and students). The goal of this informal social networking program is to connect international and American students who share common interests. Students involved in this program participate in less formal social activities, such as meeting for coffee or lunch.

Cultural Clubs Reflect CSB/SJU's Diversity

Over 90 on-campus clubs reflect the diverse interests of CSB/SJU's student body. Many of these clubs are dedicated to exploring and celebrating international culture, language, and global awareness, including: French club, German club, Spanish club, Aikido, Amnesty International, Asia club, Chinese Cross Cultural Communication Club, Bahamian club, Cultural Affairs Board, Cultural Fusion, Global AIDS Awareness Organization, International Affairs club, Irish club, Joint Events Council, and Taekwondo club.


Location & Contact

37 South College Avenue
St. Joseph, MN 56374
USA

Ms.Karen Backes

Dean of Admissions

Phone: 320-363-5055
Fax: 320-363-5650
Email: admissions@csbsju.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Rhetoric and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Occupational Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Dentistry Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Veterinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Biological and Physical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Natural Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Nutrition Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Computational Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Forestry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Theology and religious vocations
    • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

75% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied2,077
    • Accepted1,569
    • Acceptance Rate75%
    • Enrolled2,051
    • Female Applicants2,077
    • Females Accepted1,569
    • Female Acceptance Rate75%
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.67
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 531 470 570
    • SAT Math 539 470 608
    • SAT Writing 473 595
    • ACT Composite 25 23 28
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$38,428
    • Out-of-state tuition *$38,428
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$974.00
    • Room and board *$9,956.00
    • Room only *$4,782.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,051
    • Male Student Percentage%
    • Female Student Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino5.17%
    • Black or African American1.95%
    • White or Caucasian80.2%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.49%
    • Asian5.7%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.05%
    • Two or more races.83%
    • Unknown%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout5.61% representing 22 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students17% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 88%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations Alpha Kappa Sigma Service Sorority (AKS), Pre-medicine club, College Republicans, Dance Team, Hmong Americans Involving Students (MAIS)
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other well-lit pathways, closed circuit TV monitors

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton No No No
    • Basketball No No No
    • Crew No No No
    • Cross-country running No No No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Racquetball No No No
    • Rifle No No No
    • Rock climbing No No No
    • Rugby No No No
    • Skiing No No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) No No No
    • Soccer No No No
    • Softball No No No
    • Swimming No No No
    • Table Tennis No No No
    • Tennis No No No
    • Track No No No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No No No
    • Volleyball No No No
    • Water polo No No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Crew No Division C No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey No Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division C No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rifle No Division C No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Water polo No Division C No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty181
    • Full-time Percentage85%
    • Part-time Percentage15%
    • Female Percentage51%
    • Male Percentage49%
    • Student:Faculty RatioNot Reported


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