College of Saint Benedict

St. Joseph, MN

College of Saint Benedict

St. Joseph, MN

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Two Colleges. Together.

The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John’s University (SJU) are ranked as two of the top three Catholic liberal arts colleges in the country. Through a unique partnership, CSB/SJU provide students with the educational choices of a large university and the individual attention and community of a premier small college. Together, the schools offer more than 60 areas of study while retaining a low student-faculty ratio of 11:1.

A Catholic and Benedictine tradition
As Catholic colleges, CSB/SJU encourage students to put their values into practice through volunteer service in the local community and around the world. As Benedictine colleges, CSB/SJU are committed to ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, welcoming students from all of the world’s major religions.

A unique partnership
CSB/SJU share one combined curriculum. Students attend classes and participate in activities together on both campuses, which are connected by a free shuttle service. Students from either school have access to the libraries, dining centers, and athletic facilities on both campuses. All students complete an independent research project, internship, or other engaged learning experience before graduation. 

A sense of place
Amid woods and lakes, CSB/SJU are located on 3,300 acres in central Minnesota on the western edge of the Saint Cloud metropolitan area (population 120,000+), an hour from Minneapolis–St. Paul. With 20 miles of hiking trails, a private beach, and a paved bike path between campuses, the schools are the perfect place for an active student. Through a four-year residency program, nearly all students live on campus. An extraordinary sense of place and community shapes the undergraduate experience and creates a lifelong network of global connections. Take an interactive tour at 



Ranked the #1 and #2 colleges in Minnesota for “Getting a Job” |


CSB ranked #1 among “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges in Minnesota | Washington Monthly


Ranked #96 (CSB) and #102 (SJU) among the “Top Liberal Arts Colleges” in the nation | U.S. News & World Report, 2021


Both ranked among the “Top 50 Small Colleges in the Nation” | 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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