A comprehensive approach to transferring with ease
No matter what your position in life—a community college graduate, a middle-aged parent seeking an advanced degree or career change, or strictly an online student—The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, offers a variety of opportunities to help you achieve your education goals.
“Reflecting a trend that we’re seeing across the country, non-traditional students are the fastest-growing segment of our student population,” said Brenda Panger, Associate Director of Transfer Admissions. “We’ve made it a priority to ensure that our academic programming and admissions process meet the needs of transfer students, online learners, graduate students, and students on our extended campus sites.”
St. Scholastica offers several delivery systems to help transfer students earn a four-year degree with ease:
The College has transfer guides for more than 150 colleges across Minnesota and beyond. These guides help with course planning and ensure that you’ll maximize any existing college credits. They also provide essential information about admission and academic programs and requirements to support a smooth transition to St. Scholastica.
Get the credit
St. Scholastica will work to make sure that your past college school work counts toward your current educational goals. Before you even enroll, an admission counselor can examine your unofficial transcript, pull as many credits from it as possible, and create an individualized transfer plan that’s unique to you.
St. Scholastica prides itself on being a veteran-friendly college. U.S. News & World Report included the College on its 2017 list of Best Colleges for Veterans, and the College was also named a Military Friendly School for 2017. St. Scholastica has a Veterans Resource Center and coordinator who will help students maximize their educational benefits through the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon programs. Generous financial aid packages and scholarships help make St. Scholastica affordable for veterans as well. Academic advisors will work closely with you to ensure that you get every possible credit for your military training and transcript.
With advances in technology, online learning is becoming an attractive option for transfer students who have work or childcare obligations. Online courses from other accredited postsecondary institutions can transfer to St. Scholastica to go toward a four-year degree.
Furthermore, St. Scholastica has a number of both graduate and undergraduate programs that are offered exclusively online (see sidebar).
Health Science Center
With well-established roots in health care education, St. Scholastica continues to build on its reputation of excellence in this area. In 2016 the College opened its new Health Science Center, a state-of-the-art, 45,000-sq. ft. facility with classroom, lab, and clinical space, and the maurices Community Clinic, where students work with patients under faculty supervision to gain real-world experience. Students in the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs began using the space in summer 2016. Students in St. Scholastica’s proposed Physician Assistant program will also take classes there, pending the program achieving provisional accreditation status.
The ease of transferring to St. Scholastica dovetails with one of the College’s core Catholic Benedictine values of hospitality. The College strives to create a welcoming atmosphere personally and institutionally, extending warmth and acceptance to all, whether they are taking classes on campus or completely online.
The College of St. Scholastica’s mission is to provide intellectual and moral preparation for responsible living and meaningful work.
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• The College of St. Scholastica is consistently recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, whose “America’s Best Colleges” rankings put St. Scholastica in the top tier of regional universities in the Midwest.
• In addition to the main campus in Duluth, St. Scholastica’s presence in Minnesota also includes extended sites that offer adult-learning undergraduate, graduate, and accelerated courses in Austin, Cloquet, Brainerd, Grand Rapids, Inver Grove Heights, Rochester, St. Paul and St. Cloud, and in Phoenix, Arizona.
• The accelerated learning programs are designed to meet the needs of transfer students who are working professionals. St. Scholastica offers six accelerated terms per year: two each fall, spring, and summer. They are eight-week sessions (seven weeks in the summer), rather than the standard 16-week terms. Most extended-campus accelerated classes are held in the evening.
• Exclusively online undergraduate programs include Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Health Information Management, Management, Nursing (RN to BS), and Organizational Behavior.
• Online graduate programs include Health Informatics, Health Information Management, Master of Education, MBA in Rural Healthcare, Project Management, Post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy.
• St. Scholastica places great importance on preparing its students for a life of purpose as well as for economic gain by emphasizing core values of the Catholic Benedictine tradition.
• Learning at St. Scholastica entails a commitment to meeting rigorous academic standards, broadening the scope of one’s vision, and becoming accountable to both self and society.
• The 186-acre St. Scholastica campus in Duluth, Minnesota, is located on a ridge overlooking Lake Superior.
• The College shares the campus with the St. Scholastica Monastery, home of the Catholic Benedictine Sisters; Westwood senior apartments; and the Benedictine Health Center, which serves the needs of the Duluth area and provides opportunities for practical experience for many of the College’s Health Science and Behavioral Arts and Sciences students.