About CSB+SJU

Rankings and Recognition

#1 and #2 Colleges in Minnesota for Getting a Job

Looking for a college that will help you find a great job after you graduate? The career experts at Zippia named Saint John’s and Saint Ben’s the best in Minnesota for the third year in a row in 2021.

Washington Monthly’s Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges

CSB was ranked No. 19 and SJU No. 54 among liberal arts schools in 2022 by Washington Monthly. Schools are rated based on their contributions to the public good.

CSB and SJU were also listed in the “America’s Best Colleges for Student Voting” category.

A National Leader in Study Abroad

The Institute of International Education in its 2021 Open Doors Report ranked CSB and SJU No. 7 among baccalaureate schools for participation in mid-length (semester) study abroad.

The report also found CSB and SJU No. 10 for overall study abroad participation among baccalaureate schools.

Money Magazine’s Top 50 Best Colleges in the Midwest

SJU and CSB were ranked No. 10 and No. 13, out of 50 schools respectively, in the Best Colleges in the Midwest category by Money Magazine in its 2022 rankings of public and private colleges.

The magazine also ranked the schools nationally. SJU was ranked No. 38 and CSB No. 50 out of 671 colleges and universities in the magazine’s national rankings of The Best Colleges in America, Ranked by Value. The schools were Nos. 2 and 3 among Minnesota institutions in the national rankings.

U.S. News and World Report

CSB and SJU are consistently ranked among the top national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. In its 2023 rankings, CSB and SJU are both tied for No. 94.

Both SJU (No. 56) and CSB (No. 61) are listed among the best value schools.

Top Fulbright Producer

The College of Saint Benedict was named one of the top producers of 2020-21 Fulbright scholarship recipients for the sixth time in seven years. CSB and SJU faculty work diligently to mentor students for these opportunities.

United Nations Observer Status

CSB and SJU have been granted non-governmental observer status to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. CSB and SJU are among a select few liberal arts schools to receive observer status.