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.
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“It seems I am always on the move during the school year, there is never really a regular day. I love being on the move and always having somewhere to go or something to do. My campus involvement has taught me so much. I have learned to become a better leader and worker, and have gained knowledge of what it takes to be successful in the world.” – Gavin Sorenson ’20
ENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
St. Norbert is known as one of the best colleges in the northern Midwest, particularly noted for service-learning and its strong international programs. St. Norbert’s Center for Global Experience is dedicated to creating and enhancing international activities. Welcoming scholars 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 a study-abroad program. And it’s easy to see why: St. Norbert partners with 50 international institutions of higher learning in 29 countries, offering a spectacular range of 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. It 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.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 1%
White, non-Hispanic: 87%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 1%
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 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.
“I had so many close, strong relationships with professors at SNC, and they’re so committed to their students’ success that I was able to get some excellent recommendations from them. I’ve been so fortunate to have the kinds of teachers and mentors that I had at St. Norbert.“ – Alex Sage ‘18
“The friends, the professors, the staff, and everyone else at St. Norbert have made me understand how a community can feel like such a home and that everyone is just part of that big family. The people that make up St. Norbert College are what I will remember the most” – Mehakupinder Chahal ’19
St. Norbert has a four-year on-campus residence requirement, which the college believes contributes to 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
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.
Life is as rich outside the classroom as inside it. St. Norbert offers a wealth of opportunities for students to express themselves through the fine and performing arts as well as any of 90 student organizations. Lecture series bring speakers of national and international importance to campus to discuss everything from politics to social justice and theology to science. Visiting artists, writers, and public intellectuals introduce students to an abundance of ideas and perspectives.
De Pere, Wisconsin—a suburb of Green Bay, 90 minutes from Milwaukee.
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.
NCAA Division III, Midwest Conference.
23 varsity sports
11 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, indoor/outdoor track and field, ice hockey, swimming/diving, volleyball
11 women’s: basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, ice hockey, tennis, indoor/outdoor track and field, volleyball, swimming/diving (cheer and dance are also letter-awarding sports)
7 club sports
More than a dozen intramurals
“When I started grad school, it was a bit intimidating. There were all of these other students who had gone to big schools all over the world, and I went to St. Norbert. I thought maybe they’d have an advantage over me, but that wasn’t the case at all. My research experience was as strong, or stronger, than theirs.” – Ian Klein ’10
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.
St. Norbert graduates enjoy a 96 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 student networking and placement.
“Going to St. Norbert is more than getting a degree. You go in, and four years later you’re completely transformed into a really good person who will be successful in a job and as a human being. It’s what they preach, and it’s true. Also, while St. Norbert seems like a small school when you’re there, it’s really not. It’s amazing how many people I’ve met throughout the U.S., working in all different industries and often leading their organizations, who have some kind of SNC connection.” – Betsy Fryda ’05
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 570 | 75th Percentile: 630
25th Percentile: 540 | 75th Percentile: 600
25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 21 | 75th Percentile: 26
25th Percentile: 21 | 75th Percentile: 27
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.
Applications for admission can be obtained by completing the online application form at www.snc.edu/go/apply. 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.
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