College of Saint Benedict
37 South College Avenue
St. Joseph, MN 56374

(800) 544-1489
FAX: (320) 363-5010

Saint John's University
PO Box 7155
Collegeville, MN 56321

(800) 245-6467
FAX: (320) 363-3206


1,700 men at SJU
1,900 women at CSB

Graduate School:
Over 100

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3.4-3.9 weighted & unweighted
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Room and Board:
Books, misc.:
$600 (approx.)

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The outstanding programs at CSB and SJU have received national recognition.

Peterson's Top Colleges for Science recognized our science and math programs as among the 190 best in the nation.

US News & World Report ranked CSB and SJU as two of the best national liberal arts colleges. Only three other Catholic colleges received this ranking.

Barron's 300 Best Buys in College Education identified CSB/SJU as offering a fine academic program at a reasonable price.

SJU was selected as one of Money magazine's 100 best-value colleges in the nation for providing exceptional education for the amount of tuition paid.

The John Templeton Foundation has included CSB/SJU in its Honor Roll for Character-Building Colleges which recognizes colleges and universities that promote character and value development.

Yahoo! Internet Life rated our campus #19 on their list of the 100 most-wired campuses in the nation.

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College of Saint Benedict
37 South College Avenue
St. Joseph, MN 56374

Saint John's University
PO Box 7155
Collegeville, MN 56321

College of Saint Benedict
The 3,200-acres campuses provide a perfect
environment for both outdoor recreation and
personal reflection.

College Description
Set amid 3,200 acres of lakes, woods and prairies in central Minnesota, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University work together to provide an outstanding liberal arts education for undergraduate students. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and U.S. News and World Report include CSB and SJU as two of only five Catholic colleges nationwide in the selective national liberal arts category. While women live at CSB and men live at SJU, students attend classes and participate in activities on both campuses. Students have access to two libraries, two science centers, two student centers and two athletic facilities.

Founded over a century ago by Catholic Benedictine women and men, the schools remain rooted in the values and traditions of the Benedictines. As a result, CSB and SJU are committed to building a welcoming, inclusive, open environment. While 75 percent of the student body is Catholic, students of all faith are welcome.

Academic Life
The curriculum of CSB/SJU consists of a core curriculum, a common sequence of courses for all students, and major fields of study in specific academic disciplines. The core curriculum reflects the tradition of Benedictine education with its focus on the intrinsic value of understanding the wisdom of the humanities, natural and social sciences and the fine arts. Each major is set in the context of the liberal arts, thereby providing the appropriate preparation for either career entry or graduate school.

The international study program has earned CSB/SJU a third place ranking for the number of students studying abroad. CSB/SJU offer semester-long programs in Austria, Central America, China, England, France, Greece and Rome, Italy, Ireland, South Africa and Spain. A full-year exchange program is available in Japan, and other opportunities are available through CSB/SJU's association with the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs and the Upper Midwest Association for Intercultural Education.

Campus Life
At CSB and SJU we believe that what you learn outside the classroom is just as important as what you learn while sitting at a desk or conducting research in a lab. Our focus on residential life and the entire college experience is what distinguishes us from other colleges. And that's why thousands of alumnae/i — even five, 10 or 50 years after they've left campus — still call CSB and SJU home.

Because CSB and SJU are residential colleges (over 80% of students live on campus and the remainder live within a few blocks), the campuses are alive with activity at all times of the day and night, seven days a week. With over 80 clubs and organizations there is an activity to fit almost every interest, and with seven lakes, and miles of groomed trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation as well.

Facilities and Resources
During the past twelve years, CSB and SJU have completed over 20 construction and restoration projects to ensure that students have first-rate living and learning facilities. New construction includes the addition of six student residences, two student centers, two field houses, two science facilities and an art center and gallery.

Our computer resources have also undergone extensive upgrading. Nearly $10 million was invested in hardware, software and cabling infrastructure. A campus-wide network, more than 300 public-access computers and Internet and network access from every residence hall room and every classroom are all available to students free of charge. It's no wonder Yahoo! Internet Life magazine ranked us #19 on its list of the 100 most-wired campuses in the nation.

The athletic facilities at CSB/SJU rival Division I schools in terms of size and equipment, ensuring students the ability to exercise not only their minds but their bodies as well. All of these facilities — the pools, basketball courts, tennis courts, softball fields, weight and fitness centers, etc. — are open to every student, not just varsity athletes.

CSB and SJU compete at the NCAA Division III level, a level that provides an excellent environment for academic and athletic achievement, and are members of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) which is recognized as among the toughest Division III intercollegiate athletic conferences in the country. The CSB Blazers and SJU Johnnies are always in contention for MIAC championships and frequently compete at the national championship level.

Blazers: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball.

Johnnies: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Hockey, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling.

In addition to strong varsity programs, CSB and SJU offer 15 club and 14 intramural sports so that students at all ability levels can have an athletic outlet.

Financial Aid
CSB and SJU believe that previous hard work deserves recognition — that's why scholarships are offered to those students with special academic, leadership and service abilities — regardless of family income. These scholarships range from $1,000 to $7,500 per year and are renewable for four years.

Scholarships are also offered to underrepresented students. These scholarships range from $2,000 to $6,000 per year and are renewable for four years.

CSB and SJU have a long history of assisting students from all economic backgrounds. There is a strong commitment to offer financial help based on a student's individual financial situation. Students interested in applying for need-based aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA).

Admission Requirements
CSB and SJU seek students who have demonstrated academic achievement and promise. A strong academic foundation, including four years of English and three years of math, science and social studies is preferred; a foreign language is recommended. Applicants for first-year admission are evaluated on the basis of curriculum, grade point average, class rank, standardized test scores, a personal statement, and extracurricular and community involvement.

You may apply for admission using the Common Application, the Universal Application, Apply! 98, CollegeLink, the Catholic College Admission Application, or the institutional application that we send you. Our institutional application is also available at

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and you should expect to be notified of the decision within three weeks of receipt of your completed application.

Students are encouraged to visit the campuses to meet with an admission counselor and tour. Appointments should be made a week in advance.

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