College of Saint Benedict

St. Joseph, MN

College of Saint Benedict

St. Joseph, MN

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Come to Succeed

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University share a one-of-a-kind partnership that began over 60 years ago and is stronger and more connected today than ever. When you enroll at Saint Ben’s or Saint John’s, you become part of a close-knit community that fosters friendships and connections for a lifetime. Together, we offer the opportunities, course selection and extensive curriculum of a large university while retaining the small classes and personal attention you’d expect from a top liberal arts college.

Live and learn
When it comes to learning and living together in community, Saint Ben’s and Saint John’s have an unfair advantage. The Catholic, Benedictine monastic communities that founded our two schools have been showing us how for over 1,500 years. Discover yourself in social justice work and the spirit of Catholic social justice. Wrap yourself in the arts. Empower yourself in varsity, club or intramural athletics. Explore your faith, your interests and your affinities. There are nearly 100 clubs and organizations across both campuses for you to find your niche or stretch your comfort zone.

Learning with distinction
As two of the top 50 liberal arts college values in America (per Money magazine), Saint Ben’s and Saint John’s are both aspirational and affordable. Blending academic rigor with an all-encompassing sense of community, we’re prepared to challenge and support you. What does that mean? Our students embrace difference. They think deeply. They engage globally. They serve graciously. They live courageously.

Dig in and do
At Saint Ben’s and Saint John’s, every student engages in high impact, immersive learning experiences. For many that means an internship specific to their area of study (many made possible through connections in the Bennie/Johnnie alum network). Others will spend a summer on campus engaged in research opportunities. Some will find service projects or clinical work. We’re also consistently among the nation’s leaders in the number of our students who study abroad.



#1 and #2 Colleges in Minnesota for Getting a Job | Zippia


CSB was ranked #19 and SJU #54 among liberal arts schools | Washington Monthly 2022


CSB and SJU are consistently ranked among the top national liberal arts colleges, in 2023 rankings, CSB and SJU ranked #94 | U.S. News & World Report


SJU and CSB were ranked #10 and #13, out of 50 schools respectively, in the Best Colleges in the Midwest category | Money magazine

CSB and SJU At A Glance

Catholic Benedictine Sponsorship: Benedictine men and women actively involved on both campuses as professors, administrators, and role models; approximately 50% of students are Catholic; students of all faiths welcome

Faculty: 280 full-time and 54 part-time; 85% of full-time faculty members with highest degree in their field; 100% of classes taught by faculty members

Academic Programs: Liberal arts curriculum; more than 60 areas of study, with 37 majors and 40 minor programs; semester schedule with a Summer Term focusing on internships, research, and international study; offering Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees; student-faculty ratio of 11:1; average class size of 19

• CSB and SJU students coming from 41 different states and Puerto Rico and 14 countries
• 17.2% US students of color
• 3.4% international students
• 17 semester-long and 20 short-term international study programs offered every year
• 62% of students participating in a semester-long study abroad program
• CSB/SJU consistently ranked among the top undergraduate colleges sending students abroad

Residential Life: 
• 100% of rooms have in-room sink and mirror, along with individual closets, desks, and desk chairs
• More than 90% of students live on campus through our four-year residency program
• More than 25 full-time residential life staff on campus for safety, resources, and social activity planning (between CSB and SJU)
• Nearly all students live on campus through four-year residency program

Graduation: 78% of CSB/SJU students completinh their degree; 90% of those graduates finishing within four years

Student Activities: 
• NCAA Division III athletics 
• 23 varsity sports teams
• 16 club sports and 15 intramural sports
• 19 music and vocal ensembles
• 100+ clubs and organizations

Placement: About 80% of graduates finding career-related positions or entering service work within one year of graduation

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