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College of St. Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN


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    4-year • Private
  • Campus Life
    Small • Suburban
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College of St. Benedict is a small, 4-year, private liberal arts college. This all women college is located in a suburban community in a suburban setting and is primarily a residential campus. It offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

From the Institution

Together, the College of Saint Benedict (CSB), for women, and Saint John's University (SJU), for men, form a one-of-a-kind partnership of two top colleges - combining the abundant opportunities of a larger university with the small class sizes and personal attention of an exceptional liberal arts college. The 3,300 undergraduate students attend classes and participate in activities together, and students from both colleges share academic, athletic and dining facilities on both campuses. The two campuses are set on 3,300 beautiful acres of central Minnesota woods, lakes and prairies - just west of Saint Cloud, Minn., (150,000 area population) and an hour from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The campuses include 22 miles of hiking trails, a natural arboretum and a private beach. The colleges offer a deeply engaging, highly residential, educational experience. Nearly all students are full-time, undergraduate and traditional age. With an average class size of 20 and a student/faculty ratio of 12:1, classrooms are challenging and interactive. All classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants. 87 percent of professors are full time. Through our global focus, two thirds of CSB/SJU students study abroad - ranking the colleges among the top undergraduate colleges for the number of students completing semester-long international study. CSB/SJU offer 18 semester-long programs on six continents and short-term programs around the world. CSB/SJU are Catholic Benedictine colleges, founded and enriched by the Saint Benedict's Monastery and Saint John's Abbey. The CSB/SJU experience affirms the harmony of faith and reason, honors the full dignity of each person, and seeks to promote justice and the common good. Students have abundant opportunities on both campuses to explore and practice their faith, through liturgy, retreats, service and immersions, sacraments, and more. Students of all faith traditions are welcomed.

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