College of Saint Benedict: Narrative Description

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37 South College Ave.
St. Joseph, MN 56374-2091
Tel: (320)363-5011; 800-544-1489; Admissions: (320)363-2196; Fax: (320)363-5010; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent Roman Catholic, 4-year, coed, coordinate with Saint John's University (MN). Awards bachelor's degrees (coordinate with Saint John's University for men). Founded 1887. Setting: 315-acre small town campus with easy access to Minneapolis-St. Paul. Endowment: $24.1 million. Research spending 2002-03: $21,151. Educational spending 2002-03: $7016 per student. Total enrollment: 2,054. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,174 applied, 90% were admitted. 41% from top 10% of their high school class, 69% from top quarter, 96% from top half. 5 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 1,998 students, 100% women. Part-time: 56 students, 100% women. Students come from 31 states and territories, 24 other countries, 14% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 1% 25 or older, 80% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 88% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: English; business/marketing; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, internships. Off campus study at Tri-College Exchange Program (MN), Saint John's University (MN). Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 12/1 for early action. Notification: 1/15, 12/20 for early action.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $26,672 includes full-time tuition ($20,335), mandatory fees ($350), and college room and board ($5987). College room only: $3169. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $847 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $175 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 90 open to all. Most popular organizations: Volunteers in Service to Others, ultimate frisbee, Joint Events Council, Students in Free Enterprise, Cultural Affairs Board. Major annual events: Festival of Cultures, Little Sibs Weekend, Asian New Year. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, well-lit pathways. 1,536 college housing spaces available; 1,494 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: women-only housing available. Clemens Library plus 2 others with 805,376 books, 196,563 microform titles, 5,735 serials, 22,452 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $2.6 million. 541 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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