#8 Best Private Colleges in Minnesota

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, Minnesota

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College of Saint Benedict overview
Location Saint Joseph, Minnesota
Online csbsju.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small Suburban
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
College of Saint Benedict overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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The College of Saint Benedict, located in Saint Joseph, Minnesota, provides a liberal arts education in a close-knit, residential campus setting roughly 70 miles northwest of Minneapolis. Founded in 1913 by the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict, the college sustains a storied history of traditions and academic excellence, primarily focusing on women's education. The College of Saint Benedict shares a unique partnership with Saint John's University, a nearby men's college, allowing students to take classes at both institutions. The campus is distinguished by a blend of both modern and historic architecture, providing a backdrop to strong academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences, global business leadership, and nursing, among others. With its holistic approach to education, the institution emphasizes experiential learning and undergraduate research. The college has a moderately selective admissions process, and all students live on campus, fostering an immersive educational environment.

In the most recent statistical year 1,689 prospective students applied, and 1,483 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 324 enrolled in the school.  1,443 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 27 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $50,950 plus fees of $1,158. Saint Benedict is ranked 287 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












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Admission Standards

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SAT 1055/1245
ACT 20/27
GPA 3.72

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for College of Saint Benedict
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$1,158
Room and Board $11,922
Budget for Other Expenses$1,900
Total One Year Cost$66,930

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$53,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

81% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by College of Saint Benedict students
Subject Percent of Class
English and Literature 16%
Business 12%
Psychology 11%
Biology 10%
General Studies 10%

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