Organizational Information

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College of Saint Benedict Organizational Information

CSB and its coordinate partner, SJU, were founded in the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century.  During the 2008-2009 academic year, CSB enrolls 2,068 undergraduate women; SJU enrolls 1,897 undergraduate men. CSB and SJU are private, residential, liberal arts institutions in the Catholic and Benedictine traditions, sharing a joint faculty and curriculum but maintaining separate governance and residential campuses.   The liberal arts curriculum, as the center for disciplined inquiry and a rich preparation for the professions, public life and service to others, is guided by the Benedictine principles of the two sponsoring monastic communities.

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The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and its partner in education, Saint John's University (SJU), were founded in the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th.  In the 2008-2009 academic year, CSB enrolls 2,068 women; SJU enrolls 1,897 undergraduate men.  CSB and SJU are private, residential, liberal arts institutions in the Benedictine tradition, sharing a joint faculty and curriculum but maintaining separate residential campuses.   CSB was the first women's college west of the Mississippi and the 13th in the country.    Each institution is governed separately by a Board of Regents (SJU) and a Board of Trustees (CSB). The College of Saint Benedict is located approximately 70 miles west and north of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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In 1913, Saint Benedict's Monastery opened the College of Saint Benedict, the first women's college west of the Mississippi River and 13th in the country.  Saint Benedict's Monastery established the college during a period of debate among Catholic hierarchy concerning the appropriate role and place of women in society and the vocational call of women.  Like other women's religious orders who also established postsecondary institutions during that time, the Benedictine sisters fervently believed that there was a great need for new and expanded educational opportunities for women, both for professional purposes and for personal vocational development.

The College of Saint Benedict retains its governance, campus, and identity as a single-sex institution while sharing a joint faculty and curriculum with nearby Saint John's University (SJU)-a men's university.  The coordinate relationship between CSB and SJU has increased educational opportunities for the students of both institutions-by providing coeducational and gender-specific learning opportunities-and has ensured the long-term viability and vitality of each. 

The College of Saint Benedict is governed by a 38-member board of trustees, employs a staff of 430, and enrolls approximately 2,000 women.  Our combined CSB and SJU faculties include approximately 350 professors, among them Benedictine and lay professors with diverse religious and cultural backgrounds.  In addition, our students, faculty, and staff have opportunities for significant learning and relationship building with the sisters and monks of Saint Benedict's Monastery and Saint John's Abbey. 

Saint John's University Organizational Information

Located in Collegeville, Minnesota, about 70 miles northwest of the Twin Cities, Saint John's University was founded as a college for men by Benedictine monks in 1857.  It is situated on a 2,450-acre campus of lakes, pine and hardwood forest, oak savannah, and prairie on the grounds of Saint John's Abbey.  Saint John's is one of four remaining all-male colleges in the United States.

The University's college of arts and sciences operates in a coordinate relationship with the College of Saint Benedict, which is an undergraduate women's college founded by Benedictine sisters in 1913. It is located six miles to the east of Saint John's and is one of 75 women's colleges in the United States. Together, the two schools enroll approximately 4,000 undergraduate students and the School of Theology and Seminary (SOT), 150 graduate students. They are two of the three most highly ranked Catholic liberal arts colleges in the nation.

The undergraduate program of the University's college of arts and sciences is Saint John's largest division. It is one of four divisions operating within the monastic corporation of the Order of Saint Benedict.  The president of the corporation is abbot of Saint John's Abbey and University chancellor. The other corporate divisions are Saint John's Abbey, a monastery of 190 men who live in community according to the Rule of Saint Benedict; Saint John's Preparatory School, a day and residential college preparatory program for grades 7-12; and The Liturgical Press, a publisher of pastoral and academic resources focusing on liturgy, theology, scripture and religious life. The University also includes a graduate school of theology offering master's degrees in theology and ministry.

Saint John's University and the College of Saint Benedict are classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as Baccalaureate (Liberal Arts) I. Though they offer a common educational program, the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools separately accredit each.  

Saint John's has been a laboratory for creativity and innovation, having spawned numerous prominent educational, cultural and religious institutions and projects, including the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, a radio network that evolved into Minnesota Public Radio, the Jay Phillips Chair in Jewish Studies, the Saint John's Pottery, the Saint John's Arboretum, The Saint John's Boys' Choir and most recently, The Saint John's Bible.

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Saint John's University was founded by Benedictine Bavarian Monks who came to Central Minnesota in 1856 to minister to the German Catholic population of the area. It is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the Midwest. The mission of the University is to renew the fabric of community from one generation to the next, ever striving for excellence, ever grounded in Benedictine tradition. SJU enrolls around 1,900 men from 40 states and 37 foreign countries. Saint John's and its partner in higher education, the College of Saint Benedict (which enrolls around 2,000 women), have a common curriculum, identical degree requirements and a single academic calendar.