Saint John's University

A College of Distinction

A Unique Learning Experience

Saint John's University designs programs to meet the needs and aspirations of young men, emphasizing leadership and a personal development profile that includes intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical development.

Its values-based and value-added residential liberal arts education provides the framework for fulfilling lives of disciplined inquiry and leadership in careers devoted to the professions, public life and service to others.

A Sense of Place

Set amid 2,700 acres of varied terrain, the Saint John's campus is remarkable in its natural beauty. It includes wetlands, several lakes, an oak savanna, a restored prairie, and hiking trails that wind through an extensive pine and hardwood forest.

In addition to its recreational value, the landscape inspires spiritual and artistic reflection and fosters the Benedictine traditions of land stewardship, education and environmental respect.


Leadership in a diverse world begins here.

The Intercultural Center celebrates the diversity of campus life and fosters intercultural competency.

The student-run Outdoor Leadership Center provides alternative leadership opportunities and encourages socially responsible life skills.

Through a four-year residential program, nearly all students live on campus, enjoying a vibrant atmosphere for personal growth and discovery.  The Faculty Resident Program is a distinctive part of campus life whereby Benedictine professors and administrators live in the residence areas and serve as adult mentors. The program has been cited by external assessment teams as one of the major strengths of the college.

The Arts

The buildings at Saint John's date from the 1860s and are arranged in a series of quadrangles and courtyards. The Abbey Church, one of 10 campus buildings designed by Marcel Breuer, commands a central presence. With its towering bell banner and three-story wall of stained glass, the Abbey Church is among the most striking pieces of 20th-century architecture.

Saint John's is the home of The Saint John's Bible, the first handwritten, illuminated Bible commissioned in the western world in more than 500 years.

Athletics and Fitness

The Johnnies, competing on 12 varsity sports teams at the NCAA Division III level, regularly place among the top teams in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). Best known for its winning tradition on the gridiron, the Saint John's football program has the best winning percentage in NCAA Division III history and has won 34 MIAC conference titles and four national championships. Its celebrated former coach, the late John Gagliardi, is the winningest coach in college football and the first active coach to be inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame. The SJU golf team has won two national championships.

Johnnies also participate in intramural leagues and on club sports teams.

Going Places & the Results

Nearly 90 percent of first-year students return for their sophomore year. Degree completion rates also exceed national averages. Roughly 80 percent of SJU students complete their degree within six years, compared to a six-year completion rate of 58 percent of all private college students and 36 percent of public college students.

Approximately 20 percent of graduates go directly to graduate school, while 80 percent find career-related positions or enter service work.