Admission and New Entering Student Profile
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University together received more than 3,500 applications for admission in fall 2012 (1,938 at CSB and 1,595 at SJU). Applications for admission have exceeded 3,500 for the past two years.
Yield rates at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University historically have been significantly higher than national and regional averages. In fall 2012, 33% of all CSB applicants accepted for admission and 38% of all SJU admission applicants ultimately enrolled. Among Minnesota's private colleges, yield rates averaged 33%.
First-time new entering student enrollment totaled 490 at CSB and 449 at SJU in fall 2012, resulting in a slight decline from fall 2011 enrollments. CSB and SJU historically have been more successful than most private colleges managing the balance between female and male enrollment. In fall 2012, the female-to-male balance among new entering students was 52:48, compared to 56:44 among all new entering private college students in Minnesota (excluding CSB/SJU and St. Catherine University).
New Student Characteristics
The mean ACT college entrance exam score among new entering CSB students this fall was 25.6, a composite average that has been stable since fall 2007. The average ACT score placed new Saint Benedict students among the top 20 percent of all test-takers nationally. Almost 1 in 5 new CSB students this fall (18 percent) reported ACT scores in the top five percent nationally (equivalent to scores of 30 or higher). In addition, over 20 percent of new CSB students reported high school grade point averages of 4.0, and more than one-third had grade point averages of 3.9 or higher.
The mean ACT college entrance exam score among new entering SJU students this fall was 25.3. The average ACT score placed new Saint John's students among the top 20 percent of all test-takers nationally. More than 16 percent of all new SJU students this fall reported ACT scores in the top five percent nationally. Approximately 9 percent of all new SJU students reported high school grade point averages of 4.0, and 1 in 6 had grade point averages of 3.9 or higher.
Together, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University enrolled new students from 29 states and 14 foreign countries in fall 2012. Students from Minnesota made up more than three-quarters of all new students at both institutions. International students comprised approximately 4% of total new student enrollment at CSB and SJU.
In fall 2012, American students of color made up 14% of all new CSB and SJU students, exceeding the Strategic Directions 2015 goal. The number and proportion of new entering students of color has increased nearly continuously at both institutions since fall 2003.