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Catholic Profile

The College of St. Scholastica’s mission is to provide intellectual and moral preparation for responsible living and meaningful work.

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Catholic students at The College of St. Scholastica find many opportunities to deepen their faith amid a community of scholars.

The Braegelman Program in Catholic Studies explores the Catholic intellectual tradition as one of the world’s great monuments of human flourishing. The program is interdisciplinary, illuminating the many dimensions of Catholicism and providing a spiritual depth to a rigorous academic program. The Catholic Studies Lecture Series features accomplished guest speakers that engage with the wider Duluth community.

Campus Ministry contributes to a vibrant community of faith, offering a variety of spiritual development opportunities, including small group discussions, Bible studies, special speakers, and other activities.

“Through student Mass and small groups, I have met lifelong friends who support me in my Catholic faith,” says senior Aimeejoy Balko. “I have also been blessed to build connections with staff and the Benedictine Sisters through clubs such as VITA (Volunteers Involved Through Action), Benedictine Friends, and Better Together interreligious group, just to name a few.”

The College was founded in 1912 by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, which is adjacent to the College in Duluth, Minnesota. The coeducational school is now independent, but the Sisters remain its sponsors. Building upon their vision, the St. Scholastica community embraces students, faculty, and staff regardless of denomination or beliefs.

As President Larry Goodwin has noted, “We embrace inclusive excellence not despite our Catholic Benedictine heritage but precisely because of it. These faithful Catholic women welcome people from all traditions and backgrounds. Everyone who spends time with them feels this: all are welcome in this house. No second-class citizens.”

Each spring the St. Scholastica campus community celebrates the Feast Day of the College’s namesake, a sixth century saint. The day’s activities include a festive lunch buffet and a social featuring a display of historical objects belonging to Mother Scholastica Kerst, the visionary founder of the Duluth community of Benedictine sisters in the 19th century. She said, “My dream is that someday there will rise upon these hills fine buildings like the great Benedictine abbeys. They will be built of stone; within their walls higher education will flourish.”

The Sisters are called Benedictines because they follow St. Benedict, who was twin brother to St. Scholastica. His Rule of St. Benedict forms the basis for Benedictine monasteries all over the world, male and female.




• Ranked in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S.News & World Report and as a “best value” by Money magazine
• Students graduate in four years—guaranteed
• 97% of graduates employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation
• More than 40 majors, with particular strength in health care
• 100% of students who apply receive financial aid
• Student-faculty ratio: 14:1
• The 186-acre main campus overlooks beautiful Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world
• Duluth, Minnesota, is an international seaport with exceptional cultural and outdoor recreational opportunities. Recently voted “Best Town in America” by Outside magazine
• 22 varsity athletic programs
• 13 study abroad programs