Abbey Church Graduation Ceremony

ABOUT

Saint John’s University

Saint John’s University is a private men’s school in Collegeville, MN. Located on 3,300 acres of lush landscape, our classrooms envelope more than four walls into a holistic, student-focused educational experience.

Welcome to SJU

Saint John’s University is a private men’s school in Collegeville, MN. Located on 3,300 acres of incredible, lush landscape, our classrooms envelope more than four walls into a holistic, student-focused educational experience. Guided by our Benedictine values, we are members of a strong community of lifelong learners. 

The buildings at Saint John’s date from the 1860s and sit amidst pine and hardwood forests, an oak savanna, a restored prairie, wetlands, and lakes. At the center of campus is the Abbey Church, one of ten Saint John’s buildings designed by renowned architect Marcel Breuer. The University itself, founded in 1857, is one of the Midwest’s oldest institutions of higher education.

Physics professor guides young S J U student in geometrical equations.

70+

Areas of Study

37

Majors

100%

Receive Financial Aid

97%

Of Graduates Find Work

Father Nick, OSB, leads S J U students on an outdoor adventure.

One With Nature

Set amid 3.300 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.

We are in Collegeville, a community in Central Minnesota. We are near St. Joseph, a town brimming with pride and things to do, as well as the Twin Cities, about 70 miles to the south and east.

Strong Leadership

Dr. Bruess 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 is responsible for leading two strong, respected Catholic, Benedictine, residential liberal arts institutions with distinct but supporting missions.

Bruess earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College and his master’s and doctoral degrees in college student personnel/research and evaluation from Ohio University.

President Brian Bruess.