College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN

The College of Saint Benedict is a church-affiliated, liberal arts institution for women. Founded in 1887, it is a coordinate with Saint John's University. Its 315-acre campus is located in St. Joseph, 75 miles from Minneapolis.

Website: www.csbsju.edu/

Private
1,937
Undergraduate
Students
(100.0%) 1,937 Women
(%Not Reported) Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
91% of 1,775 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.70
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
25 average
22-28 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$59,068
Tuition and Fees
$45,264
Room and Board
$10,904
Average Percent of Need Met
92%
Average Freshman Award
$35,942
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$42,833
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
141
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 21% of classes
10-19 students: 37% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Saint Joseph Population
6,656
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
91% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Blazer
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.9% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.9% Asian
3.0% Black/African-American
7.2% Hispanic/Latino
0.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
82.8% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students
3.8% from 13 countries
First-Year Students Returning
87.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
76.4%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
82%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
18.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3  
Science 2  
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies 2  
History    
Academic Electives 4  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required Not reported
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: No policy as of now
ACT: No policy as of now

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
37 South College Avenue
City, State, Zip
Saint Joseph, MN 56374
Phone
(320) 363-5060
Fax
(320) 363-5010
E-mail
admissions@csbsju.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling, notification begins October 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 15, December 15
Early Action Notification
December 15

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
 
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
College preparatory program required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
91% of 1,775 applicants were admitted
Women
91% of 1,775 applicants were admitted
Men
Not reported
Students Enrolled
544 (34%) of 1,615 admitted students enrolled
Women
544 (34%) of 1,615 admitted students enrolled
Men
Not reported
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
85% of 1679 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.70
3.75 and Above
53%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
25 average
22-28 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
16%
Score of 24 - 29
47%
Score of 18 - 23
35%
Score of 12 - 17
2%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 32%
Top quarter: 66%
Top half: 93%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$59,068
Tuition and Fees
$45,264
Room and Board
$10,904
Books and Supplies
$1,000
Other Expenses
$1,900
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
csbfinaid@csbsju.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 15
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning December 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002341
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
462 (89.0%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
400 (86.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
400 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
150 (37.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
92%
Average Award
$35,942
Need-Based Gift
Received by 395 (98.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $31,442
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 375 (93.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,347
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 398 (99.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
98 (18.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $20,900

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,608 (84.3%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,434 (89.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,434 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
448 (31.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
89%
Average Award
$36,390
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,383 (96.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $30,353
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,339 (93.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,910
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 1,334 (93.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
483 (25.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $19,980

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
74%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$42,833
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
4.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
Private loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Computer Science, Engineering/Technologies, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences
Number of Awards
1,759
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
227
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, International Students, Out-of-State Students
Number of Awards
697
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,581
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Not offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services, Other
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Forestry, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Natural Sciences
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Physics, General
  • Physics, Other
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Theology/Theological Studies
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
English, Biological/life sciences, Business/marketing
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
141
Part-Time Faculty
28
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
75%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 21% of classes
10-19 students: 37% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 17% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 76% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 7% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,367,250
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
275
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Saint Joseph Population
6,656
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Campus Size
300 acres

Weather

Temperature
-2.4 average low in January, 77.4 average high in September
Rain
109 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
8 miles from campus in St. Cloud
Nearest Train Station
9 miles from campus in St. Cloud

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
91% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
9%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
well-lit pathways

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Blazer
School Colors
Red and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Basketball x      
Cross-Country Running x      
Golf x      
Ice Hockey x      
Soccer x      
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x      
Tennis x      
Track And Field x      
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Golf x  
Ice Hockey x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Basketball    
Cross-Country Running    
Golf    
Ice Hockey    
Soccer    
Softball    
Swimming And Diving    
Tennis    
Track And Field    
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
crew, lacrosse, rugby, skiing (cross-country), ultimate Frisbee
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, football, racquetball, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, joint events council, hmong americans involving students, magis ministries, enactus, archipelago association
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
No, women only
All Undergraduates
1,937
Women
1,937 (100.0%)
Men
NotReported (%NotReported)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,916
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.9% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.9% Asian
3.0% Black/African-American
7.2% Hispanic/Latino
0.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
82.8% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students.
3.8% from 13 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
87.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
76.4%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
81.3%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
82.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
82%
Average Starting Salary
82%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
18.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Engineering 1%
Law 2%
Theology 1%
Arts and Sciences 8%
Medicine 2%
Veterinary Medicine 1%
Education 1%
Other 6%

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