Saint Joseph Seminary College: Narrative Description

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St. Benedict, LA 70457
Tel: (504)892-1800; Admissions: (985)867-2225; Web Site:

Description: Independent Roman Catholic, 4-year, men only. Awards bachelor's degrees (Religious Studies Institute is coed). Founded 1891. Setting: 1,300-acre rural campus with easy access to New Orleans. Endowment: $127,793. Educational spending 2002-03: $2383 per student. Total enrollment: 167. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 3:1. full-time: 77 students. Part-time: 90 students. Students come from 8 states and territories, 42% from out-of-state, 21% Hispanic, 3% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 31% 25 or older, 100% live on campus, 15% transferred in. Retention: 91% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements: Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, recommendations, interview, ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to candidates for the priesthood.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $10. One-time mandatory fee: $85. Comprehensive fee: $14,760 includes full-time tuition ($8150), mandatory fees ($460), and college room and board ($6150).

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 5 open to all. Most popular organization: student government. Major annual events: Annual Bonfire, America Sings, homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, controlled dormitory access, entrance gate. 100 college housing spaces available; 77 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: men-only housing available. Pere Rouquette Library plus 1 other with 70,000 books, 137 serials, 1,500 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $75,260. 15 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Saint Benedict is located four miles north of Covington and 50 miles north of New Orleans. There is bus service available to Covington from New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Hammond.

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