#6 Best Private Colleges in Minnesota

The College of Saint Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota

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The College of Saint Scholastica overview
Location Duluth, Minnesota
Online css.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
The College of Saint Scholastica overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The College of Saint Scholastica, founded in 1912 by a group of pioneering Benedictine Sisters, is a private institution situated in Duluth, Minnesota, nestled in a residential neighborhood overlooking Lake Superior. The college, recognized for its liberal arts and science programs, offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees, with notable programs in health sciences, nursing, and social work. Saint Scholastica's campus showcases early 20th-century architecture with modern facilities, including on-campus housing options for students. While moderately selective in admissions, the institution maintains a focus on academic excellence and ethical leadership within the framework of Catholic Benedictine values. Despite not being primarily known for athletics, the college fields teams in several sports, competing as the Saints in NCAA Division III. The campus is approximately 150 miles north of the Twin Cities, providing students with a blend of serene natural surroundings and access to urban amenities.

In the most recent statistical year 1,653 prospective students applied, and 1,597 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 367 enrolled in the school.  2,538 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 669 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $38,750 plus fees of $660. The College of Saint Scholastica is ranked 274 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












The College of Saint Scholastica is rated within the top 35% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

The College of Saint Scholastica overview
SAT 1110/1310
ACT 22/27
GPA 3.5

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 The College of Saint Scholastica
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$660
Room and Board $10,996
Budget for Other Expenses$2,450
Total One Year Cost$54,056

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$54,800 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

63% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by The College of Saint Scholastica students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 34%
Business 30%
Biology 9%
Human Services 6%
Psychology 5%

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