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College of Saint Benedict
College of Saint Benedict 37 S. College Ave. Saint Joseph, MN 56374 Phone: (320) 363-5011
  • General Information
    About College of Saint Benedict

    The mission of the College of Saint Benedict is to provide for women the very best residential liberal arts education in the Catholic university tradition. Together with its partner Saint John’s University, the college fosters integrated learning, exceptional leadership for change and wisdom for a lifetime. Its aspirations on behalf of the mission are shaped by the following vision: A Commitment to Women’s Education. The College of Saint Benedict will be considered among the most prestigious women’s colleges in the country as measured by its commitment to recruiting, developing, and retaining a superb and diverse faculty and professional staff. A Commitment to Women’s Development. The College of Saint Benedict will be recognized nationally for its leadership in programming for women, complementing a rigorous curriculum with enhanced opportunities for ethical, social and spiritual development, informed by the Catholic intellectual tradition. A Commitment to Accessibility and Excellence. The college will be known for its unique educational environment, accessible to a diverse community of women who are among the nation’s academically elite but reflect a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds. A Commitment to the Fine and Literary Arts. The heritage of Benedictine humanism will continue to shape the character of the College of Saint Benedict, distinguished as a prominent venue for Fine Arts programming and highly regarded for its Literary Arts Institute. A Commitment to the Catholic Benedictine Tradition. The College of Saint Benedict will promote women's leadership within the Church by an expanded and broadened theological curriculum, by increased dialogue with local faith communities and through outreach activities for women, sponsored by the college and the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Private not-for-profit
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • ROTC (Army)
    • Teacher certification
    • Study abroad
    Student Services
    • General Education Courses
    • Career Services available upon completion
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.Advanced placement (AP) credits
    Religious Affiliation
    • Roman Catholic
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Bachelor's degree
    Campus Setting
    • Suburb: Small
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 1,604
    Percent Admitted 85%
    Men Admitted 0%
    Women Admitted 0%
    Full Time Retention Rate 88%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Critical Reading 505 660
      Math 518 665
      Writing 508 670
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 23 28
      English 23 29
      Math 23 28
      Writing 23 30
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 2,177
    Native American 6.0
    Asian 61.0
    African American 16.0
    Hispanic 37.0
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 2,038
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates

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