The College of St. Scholastica
Welcome to The College of St. Scholastica, a diverse and inclusive academic community of excellence, grounded in the rich Catholic Benedictine heritage. Each year, the College sends forth thoughtful leaders sharpened and sensitized by the liberal arts, who are prepared and committed to serve and transform the world.
Since 1912, the College has been preparing students for a life of purpose, transformation, and lifelong learning. This private independent institution of learning is centered on students’ personal development; the College’s faculty and staff are deeply committed to students’ journeys as St. Scholastica Saints. Be prepared to participate in engaged learning and deep reflection, learning about both the world around you as well as yourself along the way.
Get to know The College of St. Scholastica
More than 90% of first-year students participate in high-impact practices, such as service-learning, a learning community, and research with faculty. Plus, the campus boasts a newly renovated, state-of-the-art science center with 13 labs and one of the nation’s few undergraduate donor body anatomy labs.
FIRST-YEAR SEMINARS AND EXPERIENCES
The Dignitas program provides the foundation for students’ entire experience by introducing them to the key elements unique to a St. Scholastica education. Dignitas, the Latin word for dignity, is the program’s signature element focusing on the intrinsic, absolute value of being a person.
The Honors Program prepares civic scholars committed to the pursuit of knowledge that leads to ethical action in their communities and beyond. These courses are designed to challenge students intellectually for the purpose of becoming engaged in life beyond the walls of the classroom.
The College’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion aims to provide leadership and professional development on initiatives related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. At its core, the Office of EDI is committed to student support, advocacy, and education through access and success.
SERVICE-LEARNING, COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING
Each fall and spring, members of St. Scholastica are encouraged to make a difference in their world by participating in Community Day. Classes are dismissed so all students have the opportunity to give back to their communities through a variety of service activities.
The College of St. Scholastica is dedicated to helping students become responsible members of their communities, including the global community. St. Scholastica has a tradition of study and service abroad that goes back more than forty years to its first program in Ireland and continues today with many global opportunities.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 97 | 10-19: 137 | 20-29: 73
30-39: 48 | 40-49: 5 | 50-99: 4 | 100+: 1
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 4%
White, non-Hispanic: 82%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 2%
EXPERIENCED AND ENGAGED FACULTY
St. Scholastica’s experienced, dedicated, and distinguished educators provide an enriching environment for students of all backgrounds and interests. Expect to be heard, to be challenged, and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who bring their deep experience to online and on-campus classrooms. The College’s values of community, respect, stewardship, and love of learning reflect its commitment to lifting up others and celebrating common humanity.
Much of St. Scholastica’s undergraduate research takes place in the newly renovated Science Center. With six new faculty-student undergraduate research labs, seven state-of-the-art chemistry and biochemistry labs, and one of the few donor body anatomy labs for undergraduates in the country, students learn in environments that are similar to where they’ll practice as professionals or graduate students.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Liberal arts/career combination
Teacher certification program
Community is one of the College’s guiding values. St. Scholastica hosts over 400 on-campus events each year and, every day, students are making memories that will last a lifetime.
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Get involved with one or many of the College’s 60+ student clubs and organizations. St. Scholastica has everything from student senate and political groups to sports and clubs, social justice and service groups, spiritual and ministry opportunities, or focus on academic and career possibilities. These groups foster self-confidence, create new friendships, and develop leadership skills.
SAINTS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Are you interested in leadership development? Prepare yourself to serve the communities in which you live and make a lasting difference in the lives of others. Develop and grow your skills through the Saints Leadership program, which focuses on four areas: individual or internal, relationship or interpersonal, community and societal, or systemic change. Each is grounded in one of the different areas of leadership, which is based on the socio-ecological model for change.
If a senior successfully completes all the tracks by April 15th immediately prior to their graduation, they will be able to graduate with Saints Leadership Honors.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
The SGA mission is to represent students’ priorities and facilitate and advocate for effective student-leader training. As student representatives, they serve to get all student voices heard and act as liaisons to the College’s faculty, staff, and administration.
Set on a ridge overlooking Lake Superior, the Duluth campus is an idyllic combination of Minnesota’s dramatic natural beauty and the modern conveniences of urban living.
Campus buildings include the Science Center, Burns Wellness Commons, the iconic Tower Hall. There is also a library, chapel, 500-seat auditorium, black-box theater, and on-campus dorms, suites, and apartments. The Duluth campus also includes the St. Scholastica Monastery, home to the Benedictine Sisters, the values of whom guide the College today.
St. Scholastica’s Duluth campus offers a small, friendly community that fosters students’ participation in a variety of activities, from its 20 intercollegiate athletic teams to more than 50 student clubs and organizations.
Saints Athletics pursues excellence while fostering a positive experience and sense of community through commitment, integrity, respect, and sportsmanship.
22 NCAA Division III teams sports
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), except Nordic Skiing
Nordic Conference: Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA)
Men: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, nordic skiing, soccer, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field
Women: basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, nordic skiing, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, volleyball
School Colors: Royal Blue and Gold
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 68%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for students with disabilities
Special housing for international students
THE RETURN ON INVESTING IN A ST. SCHOLASTICA EDUCATION
The College’s undergraduate students leave with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed both as employees and responsible citizens. Grounded in a strong liberal arts foundation, they are prepared to think critically and respond to a changing world.
St. Scholastica’s rigorous academics engage all students in meaningful educational experiences in and outside the classrooms, from firsthand undergraduate research and internships to study abroad and volunteer opportunities.
The College of St. Scholastica connects and prepares students for meaningful work through career exploration, internships, relevant experiences, document preparation, and job search. With tools, resources, tips, and strategies, the College’s staff help Saints discover their path, contribute to the world, and be discovered in their professional fields.
LAUNCHING LIVES OF MEANINGFUL WORK
In short, St. Scholastica graduates do meaningful things: They launch an AIDS outreach program in Africa. They lead an executive team at Target Corp. They manage a nationally recognized program for people with heart failure.
Students leave St. Scholastica with more than a degree; they leave with the shared responsibility to create, support, and inspire communities.
In 2019, 99% of undergraduate students reported being employed or in a graduate program within six months of graduation.
The College of St. Scholastica holistically reviews each applicant. Admission decisions are based upon the overall assessment of each student’s academic preparation and performance. Admission Counselors act as a support team as students progress through the application process.
The College is committed to making a St. Scholastica education affordable. College scholarships, external scholarships, grants, and other financial aid will bring down the actual costs significantly from the listed tuition and fees.
For the 2021-22 school year, St. Scholastica froze tuition and fees to ensure financial access for all students.
Rigor of secondary school record | Academic GPA
Standardized test scores | Application Essay | Interview | Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability | Character/personal qualities | First generation | Volunteer work
25th Percentile: 1160 | 75th Percentile: 1230
25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 21 | 75th Percentile: 26
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 25
Average ACT Composite score: 24
29% admitted through the test-optional process
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $10,696