College of St. Benedict

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37 S. College Avenue

St. Joseph, MN 56374

Phone: (320) 363-5011
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
Jan. 15
application deadline

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#94 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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College of St. Benedict is a private institution that was founded in 1913. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,070, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 800 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. College of St. Benedict's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 94. Its tuition and fees are $37,926 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John's University (SJU) are nationally-leading liberal arts colleges whose unique partnership offers students the educational choices of a large university and the individual attention of a premier small college. Students attend classes and activities together and have access to the resources of both campuses. Ranked nationally among the top baccalaureate institutions for the number of students who study abroad, CSB/SJU are committed to preparing students for leadership and service in a global society. The colleges enroll students from around the world and integrate global citizenship into the curriculum. Nearly all students live on-campus providing them with opportunities for a highly engaged learning experience. 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. A commitment to arts and culture creates a vibrant environment for creativity. The Benedicta Arts Center of the College of Saint Benedict is one of the finest performing arts center in the region. The Hill Museum and Manuscript Library at SJU is home to the Saint John's Bible and a remarkable collection of religious sculpture, paintings, prints, and artifacts. A compelling sense of place shapes the undergraduate experience. The learning experience is enlivened by Catholic and Benedictine traditions of hospitality, stewardship, service, and the lively engagement of faith and reason. The colleges' values have been shaped by a commitment to ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue.

General Information

School type private
Year founded 1913
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Benedictine)
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $43,210,239


When applying to College of St. Benedict, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline is November 15. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.7 percent and an early acceptance rate of 81.9 percent.

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Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.7%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at College of St. Benedict is 12:1, and the school has 56.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at College of St. Benedict include: Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Psychology, General; Rhetoric and Composition; and Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 88.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 74%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 14%
Elementary Education and Teaching 11%
Psychology, General 10%
Rhetoric and Composition 10%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 9%

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Student Life

College of St. Benedict has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,070, with a gender distribution of 0 percent male students and 100 percent female students. At this school, 85 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 15 percent of students live off campus. College of St. Benedict is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,070
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

College of St. Benedict offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. College of St. Benedict also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at College of St. Benedict, 47 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at College of St. Benedict.

Students who have cars on campus 47%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At College of St. Benedict, 69.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $22,145.

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Tuition and fees $37,926 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,644 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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