Frequently Asked Questions
Does it matter if I apply to CSB/SJU using the Common Application instead of the CSB/SJU GetINspired application?
It doesn't make any difference to us which application you use as long as you apply! You are equally considered for both admission and scholarships regardless of the application you choose to fill out. Use the the CSB/SJU Get INspired application if you are only applying to CSB/SJU. If you plan to apply to multiple schools, the Common Application can be a great timesaver. BONUS: you won't be charged an application fee on either application!
What are my chances of being accepted for admission?
We review applications for admission holistically, and look for several indicators of college success in your application. The traditional indicators of ability—college preparatory curriculum, college entrance exams (ACT or SAT), grade point average — 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 from the middle 50 percent of our new class:
22 - 28
1110 - 1310
3.34 - 3.9 (4.0 scale)
HS Class Rank
67 - 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.
How can I find out what scores I need to achieve on an AP or IB exam to receive college credit at CSB/SJU?
Congratulations on completing Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in high school. These challenging courses are truly a great way to prepare yourself for the academic rigor found at CSB/SJU. Here the AP/IB exams that CSB/SJU will consider and what scores you need to achieve college credit:
Will my college credits transfer to CSB/SJU?
Many students have the opportunity to get started on their college coursework early through College in the Schools (CIS) or Post Secondary Enrollment Options. If you're wondering whether or not those courses will be accepted at CSB/SJU, our general rule of thumb is as long as the courses are similar to courses offered at CSB/SJU and you achieve a grade of C or higher, there is a good chance we will accept them.
CSB/SJU are currently implementing an innovative new general education curriculum titled Integrations Curriculum. The new Integrations Curriculum will be in effect for students entering Fall 2020 and after. The details of how transfer coursework will apply to specific requirements in the new curriculum is still under development. At this time, we will review transfer coursework in terms of fulfilling elective credits required to earn a bachelor’s degree at CSB/SJU.
Why do 85 percent of your students live on campus all four years?
Eight-five percent of our students live on campus all four years and that means so much more than having a room in a residence hall. Whether students want to get together for a study group, grab a bite to eat, go to a movie, or cheer on the Blazers and Johnnies, they do it all on campus. TOGETHER. Living in community is one our Benedictine Values and evidence show that it helps students do better academically and socially. It helps strengthen relationships, builds a life-long community, and creates a 24-7 learning environment. A huge part of the CSB/SJU experience is living on campus and being part of our community. We have put millions of dollars into our housing facilities to give our students beautiful and spacious places to live all four years at CSB/SJU.
Even the 15 percent of student choose to live off campus don't go very far. The majority of them can still be found within walking distance of CSB in the town of St. Joseph so they can easily attend all of the events on campus and get the help they need to be successful in the classroom.
Can I have a car on campus?
YES! Students are allowed to have their personal vehicles on our campuses all four years of their education. The cost for an annual permit for the 2018-2019 academic year is $150.
The Joint Events Council (JEC) is a student-run programming board that hosts more than 200 events a year for little to no cost to the students. Those events include everything from comedians in one of the two campus nightclubs to blockbuster movies on the big screen and from elegant formal dances to huge outdoor concerts.
There are also more than 100 clubs and organizations sponsoring events. O'Connell's Nightclub and Brother Willie's Pub also host their own events every weekend. Whether there is a DJ blaring 80's tunes or a ska band performing, you can join the dancing crowd.
The performing arts opportunities are huge on both campuses. Our Theater Department puts on four major theater productions a year. We have more than 20 performing music ensembles and two of the best performance facilities in the region. Our Fine Arts Programming series hosts regional and national acts throughout the year. The series covers the entire spectrum of the arts from the vocal or jazz concerts, to dance groups and visual artists.
There are also countless sporting events on both campuses year round. You can join the boisterous crowd at everything from swim meets to soccer games. CSB/SJU not only have a tradition of excellent athletic teams, we have a tradition of incredible fan support for all of the teams. To put things in perspective, the schools' total enrollment is around 3,800 students, but the average attendance at home a football game is more than 10,000.
Are CSB/SJU "suitcase" colleges?
No! With students from almost all 50 states and from more than 30 different countries around the world, CSB/SJU campuses are just as active, if not more, on weekends. Plus, students don't want to go home on weekends because they'll miss so many activities on campus!
Is CSB an all women's school and SJU an all men's school?
Yes, but CSB and SJU have taken the best of what women's, men's and coed colleges offer and combined them in a way you won't find at another pair of colleges in the nation. Student services and residences are structured to fulfill the needs of men at SJU and of women at CSB, but the student experience is not limited by the location of a residence hall or the identity of a school mascot. Men and women attend classes together on both campuses, and utilize the facilities on both campuses. In addition, most student clubs and organizations are open to both men and women.
Which campus will I take classes on? Can I eat on both campuses?
It really depends what classes you choose and what you major in! For example, the Chemistry Department is located at CSB but the Biology Department is on the SJU campus. Elementary education classes are at CSB and Economics classes are at SJU. Get the idea? You will go back and forth between the two campuses throughout your education and that's why its so important to tour both when you are considering CSB/SJU.
Yes, you can eat on both campus and this truly DOUBLES your food options. There are all-you-care-to-eat options on both campuses as well as ala carte options for those of you wanting to eat on the run between classes!
How do students get back and fourth between the two campuses?
They use The Link! The Link is our free and frequent bus system between campuses. It starts early in the morning and goes late into the evening hours. It even takes students into St. Cloud on weekends for an incredibly small fee! Ask any of our students what they think about riding the Link and they'll tell you it's always warm, they never have to remember where they parked, it's FREE, and it's a great place to socialize, study and sleep!
What if I'm completely undecided about a major?
Then you're completely normal! Around 60% of CSB/SJU start their education undecided about which major to choose. No worries! We have a great Academic Advising office that can help you select courses that will fit into a variety of majors while you're choosing the one or two that are right for you. Every student also starts with a First Year Seminar course. This class is taught by your advisor so you will see him or her three days a week your entire first year. You'll have plenty of opportunities to explore different majors with your advisor and continually shape your four-year plan.
How many majors and minors are offered at CSB/SJU?
More than 60 areas of study with 37 majors and 40 minor programs.
What percentage of CSB/SJU students are Catholic?
Students of all faiths are welcome at CSB/SJU and can experience a meaningful faith life on campus. Fifty-five percent of students on campus are Catholic. Campus Ministry and other organizations on campus are open to all students regardless of religious affiliation and offer a wonderful opportunity to share your faith journey with others. Campus Ministry assists students who need transportation in order to attend services of other denominations.
Are CSB/SJU students required to take religion classes and attend mass?
There are no required "religion" courses, but students are required to take two theology courses as part of the core curriculum. These courses explore the questions about the reality of God, the meaning of human existence and the relationship between God, humanity and the world. Some of the courses offered include "Religions of the World," "Studies in Jewish Thought" and "The Reality of God." Mass attendance is not required but all students are certainly welcome!
What does Benedictine mean?
The Catholic character of CSB/SJU is shaped by the Benedictine monks and sisters that founded the colleges in the 19th century and continues to foster the academic, spiritual and social life of these institutions. Today, Benedictine women and men remain actively involved in teaching and administration. Their prayerful presence in community life provides the stable sense of home for which CSB/SJU are so well known. By living according to Saint Benedict's Rule, members of the monastic communities cultivate love of God, neighbor and self through the art of listening, worship and balanced, humane living. They challenge students to embrace these values as well.
What is experiential learning?
Experiential Learning are experiences that give CSB/SJU students the chance to integrate and apply knowledge and theory gained in the classroom setting to a hands on learning environment. This might include completing an internship, studying abroad, or participating in undergraduate research. We're proud to say that 100% of CSB/SJU students will have at least one experiential learning experience before they graduate but most students will have several! These experiences compliment and bring to life what is being learned in the classroom.
Do CSB/SJU students complete internships?
Nearly all CSB/SJU students will complete an internship before graduating and many will do more than one. The CSB/SJU internship experience integrates academic classroom learning with practical application and skill development in a professional work setting. Students are also given an opportunity to explore a career choice and develop an intellectual and professional network. See examples of CSB/SJU student internships.
Will I be able to study abroad at CSB/SJU?
Did you know that CSB/SJU are ranked third in the nation for the number of students that study abroad? Close to 60 percent of our students will spend time in another country! We have 19 semester semester-long programs on 6 continents as well as many short term options throughout the year and over the summer. Learn more. We even offer internships in other countries!
Will I be able to participate in undergraduate research?
Yes! More than 20 percent of CSB/SJU students participate in a major research project during their time at CSB/SJU. The CSB/SJU Undergraduate Research Program supports student-faculty collaborative scholarship in all majors. The program offers grants to students engaged in research or creative works, supports student travel to meetings, and coordinates a Summer Research Program. Every year we also host a Scholarship and Creativity Day to celebrate and share the achievements of students who have taken on significant research projects.
How do I let a coach know I'm interested in becoming an athlete at CSB/SJU?
- College of Saint Benedict Athletes (women) – The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) has a proud tradition of educating successful student athletes. With 11 varsity sports teams and wide variety of club sports and intramural offerings, students can stay active year round. With upcoming additions to our athletic facility offerings, we will also have some of the best training and playing opportunities in the region. Thinking about becoming a Blazer athlete? Fill out the athletic questionnaire for the sport(s) you are considering to let our coaches know. CSB Blazer Athletics.
- Saint John's University Athletes (men) – Saint John's University (SJU) has a proud tradition of educating successful student athletes. With 12 varsity sports teams and wide variety of club sports and intramural offerings, students can stay active year round. With recent additions to our athletic facility offerings, we also have some of the best training and playing opportunities in the region. Thinking about becoming a Johnnie athlete? Fill our our athletic questionnaire to let our coaches know and play our video to learn more about our program.
Do you offer intramural sports at CSB/SJU?
YES! The majority of our students get involved in intramural sports to have fun with their friends, blow off steam, and to hopefully win a coveted Intramural Champion T-shirt at some point during their four years at CSB/SJU. Wondering what intramurals are all offered? Check out this list!