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St. Norbert College
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St. Norbert College

De Pere, Wisconsin

A Degree of Difference


Producing graduates with the requisite skills to succeed, lead, and serve in the world, St. Norbert provides students with a classic liberal arts education, teaching them to think critically, write clearly, and communicate effectively. Situated on a residential campus along the banks of the Fox River, St. Norbert offers an active, stimulating community environment that encourages students to learn and grow throughout their lives.



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,096 undergraduate students
97% of undergrad students are full time
44% male — 56% female
23% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
140 full-time faculty
39 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Highly residential: nearly 82% of students live on campus.

School Location

De Pere, Wisconsin—a suburb of Green Bay, 90 minutes from Milwaukee.

Retention Fall 2015

82% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

73% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 1%
White 88%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%


NCAA Division III, Midwest Conference. 20 varsity sports (10 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, indoor/outdoor track and field, ice hockey; 10 women’s: basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, ice hockey, tennis, indoor/outdoor track and field, volleyball (cheer and dance is also a letter-awarding sport); 7 club sports, and more than a dozen intramurals.

Other Information

St. Norbert College is a four-year, Catholic, liberal arts college founded in 1898.

Academic Programs

Accounting; American Studies; Art/Graphic Design; Biology/Biomedical; Business Administration; Chemistry/Biochemistry; Classical Studies; Communication and Media Studies; Computer Science/Business Information Systems/Graphic Design and Implementation; Economics; Education (Elementary/Early Childhood, Elementary/Middle, Secondary); English/Creative Writing; Environmental Science; French; Geography; Geology; German; History; Human Services (Social Work); International Business and Language Area Studies; International Studies; Japanese; Leadership Studies; Mathematics; Military Science; Music; Music Education; Natural Sciences; Peace and Justice; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Pre-Professional Programs (Pre-Dental, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Law, Pre-Medical, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Veterinary); Psychology; Theology and Religious Studies; Sociology; Spanish; Teacher Education; Theatre Studies; Women’s and Gender Studies.

More Distinctions

  • The 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” ranks St. Norbert among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation, and among the top ten Catholic liberal arts college in the United States.

  • St. Norbert was named to the John Templeton Foundation’s Honor Roll for Character-Building Colleges and is included among 40 colleges cited for exemplary student leadership programs.

  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected St. Norbert College for the Community Engagement Classification in recognition of the college’s exemplary practices of community engagement.

  • The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) admitted St. Norbert to the  President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its strong institutional commitment to service.

  • Washington Monthly recently rated St. Norbert College 89th among America’s best liberal arts colleges.

Center for International Education

St. Norbert is known as one of the best colleges in the northern Midwest, particularly noted for service-learning and for its strong international programs. St. Norbert’s Center for International Education is dedicated to creating and enhancing international activities. Known for welcoming students from around the world, St. Norbert provides opportunities for students to engage with and learn from students from approximately 30 other countries.

About one in three St. Norbert students participate in study-abroad programs. St. Norbert partners with 50 international institutions of higher learning in 29 countries to offer study-abroad opportunities in 75 locations around the world.


Service-learning—promoted by the leadership, service, and engagement office—is so deeply ingrained in the culture of St. Norbert that students regularly volunteer their efforts to several major projects every year. One residence hall is devoted especially to service, with each section performing its own year-long project. Fall and spring break alternatives offer many opportunities for involvement beyond the campus. St. Norbert ranks among the nation’s leading schools for student participation. St. Norbert was also admitted to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction for its strong institutional commitment to service and community partnerships by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).


Faculty-student research is common at St. Norbert, with numerous first-year students making two-year research commitments to a particular faculty or staff member through the college’s Research Fellows Program.

Individuals Learning in Community

  • St. Norbert ensures that all of its graduates acquire a broad-based liberal arts education. All students at St. Norbert take a broad-based core curriculum program that emphasizes critical-thinking, problem-solving and writing skills.
  • The most popular majors are biology/pre-med, teacher education, business administration, communication, history, and English. All programs at St. Norbert are designed to be completed in four years, rather than the five or more years that are now typical of many colleges and universities. In fact, St. Norbert has one of the best four-year graduation rates in the Midwest.

Residence Life

St. Norbert has a four-year on-campus residence requirement, which the college believes contributes to the students’ focus on their education and co-curricular lives. The college offers a wide variety of living options, including all-freshman residence halls; an all-women’s residence hall; themed housing for students interested in science, service, a particular foreign language, or other specific interests; and townhouses, carriage houses, and apartments for upperclassmen. About 50 percent of students are members of fraternities, sororities, or social organizations.

Campus Ministry and Events

Campus Ministry
The religious life of the college is traditionally strong, with a number of student-run groups that are focused on faith and spirituality. Through worship, prayer, a supportive environment, and faith-centered programs, the college’s campus ministry serves students, staff, faculty, and administrators.

Campus Events
Numerous annual events bring the community together. Some of the events include:

  • Homecoming
  • Parents Weekend
  • Junior Knights and Days (when the parents of St. Norbert juniors are invited to campus for a dinner and dance, mock classes, and the celebration of Mass)
  • SNC Day (a campus-wide open house filled with activities for the community and attended by approximately 15,000 people annually)


St. Norbert’s athletic teams—known as the Green Knights—play a large role in the life of the college, with more Academic All-Americans than any other school in the Midwest Conference. St. Norbert has a connection to the National Football League, too, with the Green Bay Packers residing on the St. Norbert campus during their training camp.

Surrounded By Success

Internships are an important element of many St. Norbert students’ undergraduate experiences. Some participate in internships while on study-abroad trips, while others can take part in the Washington Semester at Catholic University. Internships are available in numerous local and regional businesses.


St. Norbert students have achieved notable success in many different fields, with teaching being a particularly strong area. The late Robert John Cornell, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin, was a St. Norbert graduate. Twelve generals in the military graduated from St. Norbert’s military science program.

Success Rate

St. Norbert graduates enjoy a 93 percent placement rate for those seeking full-time employment or admission to graduate school. This success rate is a result of the excellent reputation of St. Norbert graduates in the workplace and in graduate schools. Alumni play a role, too, serving as a reference point for students’ networking and placement.


Admissions Fall 2015

3,814 Total Applicants 
2,963 Total Admissions 
601 Total Freshman Enrollment

77.69% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 510 610
SAT Math 500 610
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 22 27
ACT Math 21 27
ACT English 21 27
ACT Writing 7 8


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $33,622
Fees $615
Total $34,237
Room and Board (on campus) $8,794
Room Only $4,695
Board Only $4,099
Estimated Total On Campus $43,031


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
69% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$19,435 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$7,979 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

Application and Aid Information

St. Norbert College encourages all applications for admission from students who have prepared for a competitive collegiate program. The Admission Committee reviews applications on an individual basis; paying particular attention to the unique qualities each applicant possesses. There is no minimum GPA or ACT/SAT score that automatically ensures admission. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in late September.

First-year Students
Applications for admission can be obtained by completing the online application form at Completed applications must be submitted to the Office of Admission with official copies of high school transcripts, counselor recommendation, and personal statement. Transfer candidates must submit college or university transcripts as well. A $10 application fee is required. Students who visit campus will have their application fee waived. Unless waived by special request, standardized test scores are required. When taking either the American College Test or Scholastic Achievement Test, students should use the following codes:

  • American College Test – (SNC code #4644)
  • Scholastic Achievement Test – (SNC code #1706)

Candidates submitting more than one set of scores will be evaluated on the basis of best scores submitted. Scores reported on an official high school transcript are acceptable, although applicants are encouraged to have score reports sent directly by the testing agency.

Upon receiving a completed application, the Office of Admission will notify candidates of their status within a two-week period. Students presenting a strong academic record of achievement may be admitted based on work completed after six semesters of high school study. Other candidates may be asked to submit seventh semester transcripts before a final decision is made. All offers of admission are made contingent on the candidate’s successful completion of the high school diploma. The Office of Admission reserves the right to rescind offers of admission to students who fail to graduate from high school or maintain acceptable grade point averages.

Admission decisions are based primarily on the high school record with particular emphasis placed on grades earned within the context of courses taken. Clear preference is given to students taking challenging courses. Counselor and teacher recommendations as well as the student’s contributions to the school community are also considered. Successful candidates typically submit high school records that include:

  • Four years of English (or its equivalent)
  • Three years of mathematics
  • Three years of science, history and the social sciences
  • Two or more years of a foreign language.