Admission and New Entering Student Profile
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University together received more than 3,800 applications for admission in fall 2013 (2,077 at CSB and 1,747 at SJU). Applications for admission have exceeded 3,500 for the past three 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 2013, 34% of all CSB applicants accepted for admission and 38% of all SJU admission applicants ultimately enrolled. Among Minnesota's private colleges, yield rates averaged 29%.
First-time new entering student enrollment totaled 538 at CSB and 497 at SJU in fall 2013, resulting in a sizable increase from fall 2012 enrollment. CSB and SJU historically have been more successful than most private colleges managing the balance between female and male enrollment. In fall 2013, 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 first-time, new entering CSB students in fall 2013 was 25.2. The average ACT score placed new Saint Benedict students among the top 20 percent of all test-takers nationally. Just over 1 in 7 new CSB students this fall (15 percent) reported ACT scores in the top five percent nationally (equivalent to a score of 30 or higher). The mean high school grade point average among new entering CSB students was 3.67, nearly identical to the average last year. Nearly 20 percent of all new CSB students this fall reported high school grade point averages of 4.0, and nearly one-third had grade point averages of 3.9 or higher.
The mean ACT college entrance exam score among new entering SJU students in fall 2013 was 25.7. The average ACT score of new entering Saint John's students placed them among the top 20 percent of all test-takers nationally. Nearly 20 percent of all new SJU students reported ACT scores in the top five percent nationally. The mean high school grade point average among new entering SJU students was 3.51, slightly higher than the average last year. Approximately 10 percent of all new SJU students reported high school grade point averages of 4.0, and nearly one in five earned grade point averages of 3.9 or higher.
Together, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University enrolled new students from 27 states and 14 foreign countries in fall 2013. Students from Minnesota made up more than three-quarters of all new students at both institutions. International students comprised slightly less than 4% of total new student enrollment at CSB and SJU.
In fall 2013, American students of color made up 17% 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.