Students Say

Minnesota's College of Saint Benedict (for women) and Saint John's University (for men) are two Catholic liberal arts colleges that share one academic program and classes, but retain separate dorms, campuses, and traditions.

Overview

Applicants
3,237
Acceptance Rate
81%
Average HS GPA
3.57

GPA Breakdown

41%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 610
SAT Math
490 - 600
ACT Composite
23 - 28

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Overall

Students Say

Minnesota's College of Saint Benedict (for women) and Saint John's University (for men) are two Catholic liberal arts colleges that share one academic program and classes, but retain separate dorms, campuses, and traditions. Students come to this "beautiful, friendly environment" and leave with "a well-rounded education...ready to take on the world." The Benedictine values "are upheld by every student in everyday life" and help breed graduates that are "all about service and making an impact in the world." "This school is a must for any student who wants to feel accepted and a part of a rich community, while atthe same time receiving an education that is second to none," says one junior.

Professors truly take to heart the feedback they receive from their students, are “extremely dedicated and passionate,” and “are willing to work…on projects outside of class even if it means extra work for them.” They “are interested in us figuring things out for ourselves” and are “big on [students] being prepared for class so more time can be spend discussing or practicing material instead of lecturing.” The ultimate testament to faculty involvement: “At CSB/SJU, I have never had a professor that has struggled to know my name (besides the fact that I am a twin).” Discussion is “lively” (particularly in upper division courses), and students “are offered many great opportunities to further our experiences and education.” The open environment “does what it can to help students feel comfortable and learn.”

The school provides “excellent scientific and business opportunities” and “endless connections with not only other schools across the nation, but…. across the world” that aid in post-undergraduate employment or continued education opportunities. The “incredible” study abroad program sees a large number of students take advantage of it at some point in their college careers.


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
336
with Terminal Degree
277

176
Women
160
Men
31
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Denis McDonough
White House chief of staff

Stephen Sommers
Director/producer of films including The Mummy

Michael Hayden
Broadway, London Theatre and TV actor; Tony Award nominee

Janet Setter Dryer
CEO of HelpSystems-provider of IT management software

Terri Giyan Kallsen
Senior vice president Branch Network Charles Schwab

Eugene McCarthy
Former US Senator and presidential candidate

Kathy Persian
CIO and Vice President Business Transformation/ Ecommerce Sports Authority

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
89
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Bottom Line

With annual tuition at approximately $38,400, 94 percent of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid. Adding in room and board, book and supplies, and fees, the average cost of enrollment is $50,359 per year. This price can be offset by the average freshman need-based aid (around $26,000) and the needbased aid given to other undergraduates (approximately $23,500). Students praise “scholarships, liberal arts, and [a close-knit] community” with several noting that “religion is an integral part of the campus.”

Bang For Your Buck

CSB and SJU offer numerous scholarship opportunities related to particular majors; many prospective students are automatically eligible based on their interests and backgrounds, while other scholarships require additional application steps. While it was noted that “it would be very helpful if scholarships increased by the same percentage as tuition,” a student raved that “the scholarship money was unbelievable.” CSB and SJU is committed to the financial needs of student, with the school’s website underscoring that “students who need additional help beyond the financial aid package offered can usually obtain help through a variety of optional loan programs.” The school meets an average of 88 percent of a student’s demonstrated need. More than half the school’s population (66 percent) have borrowed through some loan program, with 96 percent of freshmen and 94 percent of all other undergraduates receiving financial aid. Twenty-four percent of the student body is receiving Pell Grants, according to Payscale.com.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$27,800

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,522

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,111

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$38,763

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
72%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$25,447

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$38,428
Required Fees
$974
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,250
Transportation for Commuters
$400

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Most of the "Johnnies" and "Bennies" here are "from Minnesota or the sur­ rounding states," are "hard-working, fun-loving," and "believe in the impor­ tance of education." Not surprisingly, the majority are Catholic and take "'Minnesota Nice' to a whole new level": "Expect to have doors open for you [and] people smile and greet you on occasion when you're passing by." People have no trouble finding a friend group with related interests via "the many clubs and activities that are offered." "Everyone fits like a puzzle piece" and students "commonly have social issues that they are passionate about, such as gender equality, sustainability, [or] health and wellness."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,809
Out of State
18%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
28

Demographics

53% female
47% male
18% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

The school "really makes sure your transition into your first semester runs smoothly" and that students "have a lot of options for meeting new people." The Student Activities and Leadership Development Office plans "large cam­ pus events such as orientation and Thanksgiving dinners," and also has an "inspired leaders series" of after-hours classes taught by professors that pro­ mote leadership on campus. On weekends, students often take adventure trips (like "California Surfing trips, Boundary Waters canoe trips, and Colorado climbing trips") with the school's Peer Resource Program.

School pride is "ridiculous" at CSBI SJU and athletic events"are the high points for entertainment," especially against rival St. Thomas. For fun, students take advantage of the school's "rich recreational abilities" both in the arboretum and on nearby waterways, where "ice fishing, fishing, hiking, and hanging out at the beach are popular." "The warm months of the year are awesome with the lake/ raft open.It feels like a summer camp," says a student. Many students "do go out on the weekends" to parties or bars, but there is an "outstanding campus programming board" that plans events every weekend on campus as an alter­ native to drinking. "As long as you can step out that door and make good use of your time, you'll have an amazing time," assures a sophomore.


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
88%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
89
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
91

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
120
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Johnnies)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Blazers)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

The College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University is making great efforts to reduce the school’s environmental footprint. To begin with, CSB/SJU maintains a robust recycling and composting program, and all food waste from dining services is diverted to feeding hogs. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, in 2012, 126 tons (yes tons!) of recyclables were recovered. This includes paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and cans. The school has pledged to achieve climate neutrality by the year 2035. With that pledge in mind, St. John’s is investing in renewable energy. For example, the university is home to the St. John’s Abbey Energy Farm. The farm consists of over 1,800 solar modules, produces 575,000 kilowatt hours annually (which is enough to power sixty-five American homes), produces 15 percent more energy than a static panel and helps the campus avoid over 400 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. Beyond renewable energy, CSB/SJU also champions the aptly titled program “Goodwill, not Landfill”: At the end of each academic year, the school places boxes at the end of each residence hall where students can place their unwanted (but still useable!) goods. These items are then picked up by Catholic Charities and delivered to folks in need. In 2013 alone, a whopping 31,220 pounds of food, clothing and school supplies were donated. Not too shabby!

Green Rating
92
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
27

Average Number of PC's per Lab
30

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Angie Arens or Peggy Boettcher
Office Coordinator

Address
CSB/SJU Admissions Office
P.O. Box 7155
Collegeville, MN 56321

Phone
800-544-1489

Email
admissions@csbsju.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Gorecki Dining Center
Benedicta Arts Center
Warner Palaestra/Clemens Field House
Lake Sagatagan/Stella Maris Chapel
Brother Willie's Pub/O'Connell's Coffee
Abbey Church/Sacred Heart Chapel; Hill Museum and Manuscript Library; 15 KM hiking trails

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Local Blend Coffee Shop
Parkwood 18 Movie Theater
BoDiddley's (restaurant)
Crossroads Center (shopping mall)
Lake Wobegon Trail: 46 mile, paved trail
Twin Cities venues such as Walker Art Museum, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Guthrie Theater, Target Field and Xcel Energy Center for sporting events and concerts

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Check website for special visit days and programs

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@csbsju.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available for accepted students only; Sunday through Thursday nights only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The LINK bus operates between campuses and into the city of St. Cloud. international airport is in Minneapolis/Saint Paul (75 miles) and there is a shuttle service to the schools from this airport. There is a shuttle bus from St. Cloud that links to NORTHSTAR commuter rail.AMTRAK stops in St. Cloud (10 miles away). Jefferson Lines serves the St. Cloud area.

Driving Instructions to Campus
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University both are located on Interstate 94 and the exits are specific for the schools. Directions to College of Saint Benedict From the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport Take MN#5 West to I-494 West. Take I-494 West to I-94 West approximately 25 miles. Take I-94 West to St. Joseph, approximately 57 miles, exit #160, County Road 2. Turn right on County Road 2 into St. Joseph. Turn right on College Avenue - 2nd stop sign. The Main Administration building is approximately two blocks on your right. Parking is available for visitors on the left side of the street in Lot #1. The Admission Office is located in Room 110 of the Main Building. Directions to Saint John's University From the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport Take MN#5 West to I-494 West. Take I-494 West to I-94 West approximately 25 miles. Take I-94 West to Saint John's University exit #156, approximately 60 miles, County Road 159. Turn left on County Road 159. Go approximately 1 1/2 miles to Saint John's University. Visitor parking is available to the left and right of the square in front of the Abbey church bell banner. The Great Hall is to the right of the Abbey church bell banner. Saint John's Information Desk is located inside the Great Hall.

Local Accommodations
A range of motels/hotels are available in St. Cloud (10 miles east). There is also a Super 8 Motel in St. Joseph, MN.
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Key Stats

3,237
Applicants
3,809
Size
81%
Acceptance Rate
1100
SAT Scores

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