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The College of Saint Benedict was established in 1913 by the Order of Saint Benedict, Catholic monks vowing to the precepts written by Benedict of Nursia. In 1961, CSB formed a joint partnership with nearby Saint John's University. As a private, non-profit women's liberal arts college, CSB allows female students to attend co-educational classes through the institutional relationship. Rooted in Catholicism, the College of Saint Benedict shares a values-based curriculum with SJU. Each year, Saint Benedict enrolls approximately 2,000 ladies in primarily baccalaureate education. CSB sits valiantly atop a 600-acre suburban campus in St. Joseph, Minnesota, only eight miles west of St. Cloud. The Link bus service connects CSB to the Saint John's campus.

According to the U.S. News, the College of Saint Benedict is the 90th best national liberal arts college and 65th top school for former military. Given a B- financial grade, CSB is ranked America's 184th best private university with the 180th most grateful grads by Forbes. The Princeton Review noted CSB within the top 200 "Colleges That Pay You Back." Saint Benedict was Minnesota's only college mentioned in the Fiske Guide's 2015 Best Buys list. The College of Saint Benedict produces the 21st most Peace Corps volunteers nationally. CSB also placed #3 among undergraduate colleges for sending students abroad in the Open Doors Report.

College of Saint Benedict Accreditation Details

Reaffirmed in 2008, the College of Saint Benedict is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA). This Midwestern agency is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The CSB/SJU Seminary is accredited via the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Other discipline-specific accreditations include:

• Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
• National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
• National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
• Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
• Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
• American Chemical Society (ACS)

College of Saint Benedict Application Requirements

Despite the acceptance rate of 82 percent, the College of Saint Benedict is "more selective" with its admission process. First-year applicants must be graduating high school seniors at licensed schools who exhibit potential to succeed in college. Completing a college-prep curriculum with at least four years of English and three years of math is compulsory. Most freshmen rank in the top 40 percent of their graduating class. Generally, CSB students achieve a high school GPA between 3.3 and 4.0. Admitted applicants present a mean SAT score of 1604 and ACT score of 25. Participation in extra-curricular activities and community contributions are also judged.

For transfer, undergraduates should have completed 28+ credit hours at eligible, accredited institutions. Students holding less are evaluated as freshmen. Incoming transfers must meet CSB proficiency standards with a minimum collegiate GPA of 2.75. Previous credits are only accepted for classes at 100 level or greater with a C" or better. Transfer agreements exist with many Minnesota colleges, including Century, Ridgewater, and Lake Superior. International admission of non-native English speakers will require scoring at least 550 on the TOEFL or SAT equivalent. Master's students in the CSB/SJU Seminary must achieve an accredited bachelor's degree with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

Deadlines at the College of Saint Benedict are currently November 15th (Early Action I), December 15th (Early Action II), and January 15th (Regular Decision). Before these dates, candidates must submit the Common Application or CSB/SJU GET INspired Application with:

• Official high school and college transcripts
• College entrance exam scores (SAT or ACT)
• Current resume of extra-curricular/personal activities
• One or two teacher evaluation forms
• Signed transfer evaluation form (if applicable)
• Typed, double-spaced writing sample

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time CSB undergraduates are charged $42,271 for tuition each year, regardless of state residence. Double-occupancy rooms and meal plans cost an additional $10,535 per year. The College of Saint Benedict suggests budgeting $1,000 for textbooks and $1,400 for personal expenses annually. Total full-time cost of attendance is estimated at $53,475 (on-campus) or $43,246 (off-campus) each year. Master's students in the CSB/SJU School of Theology will pay $890 per credit or $8,010 each full-time semester. Seminarians must also afford $2,600 per term for graduate housing.

The NCES recognizes the College of Saint Benedict for giving 100 percent of beginning, full-time students financial aid. More than $47 million in tuition assistance is provided. Institutional awards like the President's Scholarship, Legacy Scholarship, Intercultural LEAD Fellowship, and Catholic High School Scholarship are numerous. Military veterans qualify for benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program. Federal financial aid is provided with the Pell Grant, FSEOG Grant, TEACH Grant, and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. In-state scholars taking 15+ credits could earn the Minnesota Grant. Federal Work-Study (FWS) grants base pay at $8.95 per hour. Award letters may also include Federal Perkins, Direct Stafford, or PLUS loans.

Degrees Available at Saint Benedict

In its partnership with Saint John's University, the College of Saint Benedict offers more than 42 majors for bachelor's degrees. Several pre-professional tracks are awarded, including Athletic Training, Dentistry, Law, and Pharmacy. Advanced students can select seven master's degrees in the ATS-accredited School of Theology & Seminary. With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, CSB keeps more than half of classes under 20 students. Saint Benedict boasts an active Service Learning Program with community partners like the Benedicta Arts Center. The Center for Global Education has semester-long programs from London to Vienna and Guatemala City. One noteworthy degree is the:

Bachelor of Arts in Nutrition

Following the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' guidelines, the Bachelor of Arts in Nutrition at CSB teaches undergraduates the role food consumption plays in health maintenance and disease prevention. The 48-credit major develops on the liberal arts core with specializations in Dietetics, Nutrition Science, or Food Studies and Business. The first includes an internship to satisfy practice hours for the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential. Coursework will explore biology, physiology, organic chemistry, food science, public health, exercise science, food production, and weight loss. B.A. majors can participate in the Undergraduate Research Program to dig further into the biochemistry of healthy food intake. For the past five years, 80 percent of graduates seeking employment were successful.

Other unique degrees granted by the College of Saint Benedict include the Bachelor of Arts in European Studies, Bachelor of Science in Global Business Leadership, Bachelor of Science in Numerical Computation, and Bachelor of Arts in Peace Studies.


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