Saint Ben's students enjoy a quick conversation while walking between classes.

ABOUT

College of Saint Benedict

We emphasize women’s leadership and development to create the next generation of empowered women.

You’re Welcome Here

With a values-based education experience, the College of Saint Benedict designs programs to meet the whole student. We emphasize women’s leadership and development to create the next generation of empowered women. Our liberal arts education provides a path toward fulfilling lives of curiosity, leadership and service to others. 

When you choose Saint Ben’s, you become part of a welcoming community dedicated to your development. This experience is more than just furthering your education: It’s creating a solid foundation that will help you thrive throughout your life.

Saint Ben's students line up for their graduation walk.
Photo of the Sacred Heart Chapel at dusk.

Persistence Endures

The first thing that strikes you when you step into the Malone Admission Welcome Center is the view of the domed Sacred Heart Chapel. It’s more than stunning architecture; it’s a glimpse into our history.

When designing their chapel in 1910, the sisters of Saint Benedict’s Monastery were told that a dome simply couldn’t be built in their sanctuary because they lacked the resources to accomplish it. And besides, no one else in Central Minnesota had a dome on campus! Softly, confidently and correctly, the sisters assured the builder, “It will be done.”

That spirit continues today, with a community of faculty and students who believe in achieving what seems to be impossible.

Strong Leadership

Brian J. Bruess, Ph.D., became the first person to serve as president of both the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University on July 1, 2022. He leads two strong, respected Catholic, Benedictine, residential liberal arts institutions with distinct but supporting missions.

President Brian Bruess wearing a grey suit and red tie.
Happy students enjoy the weather and study outside.

Having it All

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University offer two nationally recognized liberal arts institutions for the price of one. Our unique partnership gives students the educational choices of a large university while enjoying the individual attention and community of a premier small college. 

Our campuses are six miles apart in Central Minnesota, surrounded by more than 3,300 acres of pristine forests, prairies and lakes. The schools are minutes from the St. Cloud metropolitan area, and Minneapolis and Saint Paul are 70 miles southeast on I-94.