Apply & Deposit

Application Instructions for U.S. First-Year and Transfer Students


Start by filling out the application for admission. The CSB+SJU Application is an online form for applying specifically to Saint Ben’s and Saint John’s. The Common Application is also accepted for students applying to multiple schools. As always, no application fee is required for either application.

Using the specific CSB+SJU Application form takes just a few minutes.

Applying to multiple schools?

The Common Application makes it easy. Use the link above to make sure CSB receives your application.

Requirements & Transcripts

  • Official high school transcript
  • Official college transcripts (if any)
  • Transfer Students: Official post-secondary institution transcripts AND official high school transcript; Transfer Evaluation Form (print a hard copy for your school official to submit)

Optional Items:

  • ACT or SAT test scores*
  • Essay (recommended)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (recommended)

*CSB+SJU have a test-optional admission policy.

Admission Criteria

Admission to CSB+SJU is open to all qualified students who demonstrate promise of college success in their application. The traditional indicators of ability – college preparatory curriculum, college entrance exams (ACT or SAT), grade point average and a writing sample – are important and carefully considered. In addition, CSB+SJU seek to enroll students who show promise of community contribution and productive participation in the classroom as evidenced by both their academic record and their participation in extra-curricular activities.

If you’re wondering how your academic achievements will compare to other CSB+SJU applicants, here is our academic profile for first-year students. These statistics are form the middle 50 percent of our new class:

Middle 50%
ACT Scores22-28
SAT Scores1110-1310
GPA3.34 – 3.9 (4.0 scale)
HS Class Rank67 – 91 percentile

The committee also considers the strength of the student’s high school coursework. We recommend that a student, at a minimum, have four years of English, three years of math (through advanced algebra), two years of social science, and two years of laboratory science (beyond 9th grade). A large majority of our students will go beyond the minimum requirements.

ACT/SAT Test Optional Information

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University have a test-optional admission policy. CSB+SJU only consider standardized test scores during the admission and scholarship awarding process if they benefit the student.

How to apply test-optional

In order to remove the typically required item of “test score” from the application checklist, applicants should indicate they will be applying through our test-optional process on the Common Application or the CSB+SJU Get INspired application.

Please note:

  • Test scores are required from all applicants unless they select “No” on the “Should CSB+SJU consider yourACT or SAT scores when evaluating your application for admission and scholarships?” question on the application.
  • If applicants select this option, test scores will not be used (even if submitted) for admission or merit scholarship consideration.

Why did CSB+SJU decide to adopt a test-optional admission policy?

We realize the results of a standardized test don’t give us the full picture of a student’s future potential. Studies have shown that a more accurate measure of whether or not a student will be successful is by seeing the results of what they do on a daily basis. An applicant’s high school transcript shows us these results, not the test score achieved on one particular day.

Who should not report their test scores?

Students who do not feel their test scores accurately reflect their academic potential will have the choice of whether or not to submit their scores. As a result, those with strong college potential will continue to be accepted and awarded scholarships based on other application components such as their high school transcript and extracurricular involvement.

How do we evaluate students who do not submit standardized test scores?

We will review all other required materials including official high school transcripts. We will closely evaluate applicant’s high school work: curriculum, trends in grades and how they have challenged themselves. We will also evaluate high school involvement: extracurricular activities, leadership and community engagement.

Will I be at a disadvantage if I decide not to submit standardized test scores?

No. There will be no negative impact on applications without test scores, and applicants will still be considered for our academic achievement scholarships.

Who is required to submit test scores?

  • Home-schooled students who have not completed any college, AP or PSEO coursework.
  • Students who have attended a nongraded school.
  • International students who need to demonstrate English language proficiency will need to submit ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, DET or PTE Academics.

Readmit Applicants

To start the process, please complete our Application for Readmission. The application is short, but we will ask that you attach a thoughtful personal statement. In the personal statement, we would like you to reflect on why you left CSB+SJU, what you have been doing in the interim, and why you would like to return, Once you have completed the application and submitted it to the Admission Office, our readmission committee will review it.

Submit Official College Transcript

You must submit an official transcript for any coursework completed at other colleges since leaving CSB+SJU.

Complete Application