Bragging Rights

Bragging rights? But, aren't CSB/SJU "Minnesota Nice"?

(Don't like to be the center of attention? A bit embarrassed by compliments? Uncomfortable in the spotlight?)
You betcha! We tend to be a bit understated and reluctant to claim our due credit. But, we're getting over it.

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Washington Monthly's Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges

Washington Monthly listed both CSB and SJU among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in 2018. Schools are rated based on their contributions to the public good.

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Vande Hei Reaches Orbit as First Johnnie Astronaut

Mark Vande Hei '89 blasted off in September for a half-year stay at the International Space Station. Vande Hei, who majored in physics and participated in ROTC at CSB/SJU, holds a Master's of Science degree in applied physics from Stanford University.

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Two Nursing Cadets Among Top Three in the Nation

CSB/SJU senior nursing students Becca Dykhoff and Mary Esker were ranked in the top three Army ROTC nursing cadets in the nation. Rankings are based on a combination of factors, including grade point average, physical training scores and leadership abilities.

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Top Five for Semester-long Study Abroad

The Institute of International Education (IIE) ranks CSB/SJU #5 among undergraduate schools for participation in semester-long study abroad. CSB/SJU have been ranked among the top six schools nationally in this category for more than 10 years. 

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Money Magazine's Top 20 Best Liberal Arts Colleges

Money Magazine ranks the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University among the Top 20 liberal arts colleges  in the nation. Together, CSB/SJU are the top-ranked schools in Minnesota. Schools were evaluated on  affordability and earnings after graduation. 

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College Consensus Best Colleges & Universities in Minnesota for 2020 

College Consensus ranks both the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University among the Top 25 Catholic colleges in the U.S., and the Top 10 colleges in Minnesota. College Consensus combines the results of reputable college guides with thousands of student reviews from around the web to determine their rankings.

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CSB/SJU Ranked by  The Princeton Review

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University were  ranked as top institutions in the country by The Princeton Review in three different categories: #14 in "best college newspaper"; #15 in "most active student government"; and #18 in "best campus food."

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Best Buy CEO

Corie Barry '97 became the first female CEO of Best Buy Company in June. Barry credits the experiences she had at CSB/SJU for giving her the professional foundation she needed to succeed. While at CSB/SJU, Barry participated in the Honors Program, graduated with two business majors, and developed her communication and critical thinking skills through the liberal arts curriculum.

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Top Colleges in Minnesota for Finding a Job

Looking for a college that will help you find a job after you graduate? The career experts at Zippia created a list of the top school in each state based on college placement ratings. Saint John's and Saint Ben's are the TOP COLLEGES in Minnesota for find a job.

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Rhodes Scholar

Rachel Mullin '14 was one of 32 Americans who received a 2016 Rhodes Scholarship. Mullin was the only recipient from a Minnesota college or university. The Rhodes Scholarship is widely considered to be the world's most prestigious academic award. Scholars receive full financial support to pursue a degree at the University of Oxford. Rachel credits much of her success to the mentorship she received from CSB/SJU professors.

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Johnnie Named NCAA III Football Player of the Year

SJU Junior, Jackson Erdmann '19, was awarded  the 2018 Gagliardi Trophy, which honors the top NCAA III football player and recognizes excellence in athletics, academics, and community service.  Erdmann competes as a highly decorated quarterback for the Johnnies while majoring in Global Business Leadership and completing signficiant community service hours.

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CSB Graduate Named Minnesota Physician of the Year

Dr. Julie Mayers Benson '90 was named the 2017 Family Physician of the Year by the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians. She is a family physician with the Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minn. She credits her liberal arts education for preparing her for life. 

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Top 30 Catholic Colleges and Universities

Both CSB and SJU were named one of the top 30 best Catholic colleges and universities in the country by College Factual, a site that uses outcome-based data to guide students through the college selection process. CSB was ranked No. 26 and SJU No. 8. According to the story that ran in USA Today, CSB “has a solid reputation for developing students intellectually, spiritually and ethically."

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Top Fulbright Producer

With 36 students receiving Fulbright Scholarships in the last six years, CSB/SJU were ranked among the elite company of some of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. CSB/SJU faculty work diligently to mentor students for these opportunities. Read more.

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CSB/SJU Open New Athletic Facilities

Both colleges have recently completed major athletic facilities projects. SJU's new facilities include a soccer field, baseball stadium, tennis courts, indoor golf simulation center, and a seasonally-domed multipurpose field. CSB built two softball fields, two soccer fields and intramural fields. An athletic center houses concession stands, locker rooms, a training room, and a press box.

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CSB is Most Efficient Among National Liberal Arts School

The College of Saint Benedict is  rated No. 1 among national liberal arts colleges for operating efficiency, according to an analysis by  U.S. News and World Report. The ranking is based on operating efficiency, which  U.S. News defined as a school’s per-student spending on education-focused activities divided by its overall score, which the magazine used to determine schools’ numerical ranks in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings.

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United Nations Observer Status

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


Top 100 U.S. News and World Report

CSB/SJU were once again both rated among the top 100 in national rankings of liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report magazine.