College Rankings

We admit it: we like to brag about ourselves. All colleges do. But it feels even better when others are saying great things about us. Here's what some of the most popular college guides (see our notes on the right) say about CSB/SJU:

According to The Princeton Review, CSB/SJU is one of the nation's best colleges for students seeking great academics, outstanding career preparation, and generous financial aid.

CSB/SJU is included in The Princeton Review's new book, Colleges That Pay You Back - The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In - 2015 Edition. The book includes schools they consider to be "the nation's best for academics, affordability and career prospects."

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Fiske Guide to Colleges named CSB/SJU to their 2015 Best Buys list. The list includes 44 institutions - 22 private and 22 public - as Best Buys this year. There are no other Minnesota colleges or universities on the 2015 list. "The schools' small sizes and strong sense of tradition give rise to the tight-knit community," the Fiske guide said in its review of CSB/SJU. "Together, the colleges have invested millions in facilities in recent years."

CSB/SJU have been named to the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction list. According to the organization, schools are selected for "providing innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate education and preparing their graduates for real-world success."

"Recognized schools have demonstrated their dedication to the Colleges of Distinction's core values: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, and Vibrant Communities, and Successful Outcomes."

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CSB and SJU have been recognized nationally by their peers in the U.S. News and World Report 2015 college rankings. Both CSB and SJU were again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the country.

The rankings include evaluations of 249 liberal arts colleges that emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the arts and sciences. Criteria for the rankings include undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving. See the news release.

Kiplinger ranks CSB/SJU among their 2016 100 Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges based on their definition of value -- a combination of academic quality and affordability.

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CSB/SJU was listed in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition" as an institution of higher education that "demonstrates notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation."

The Office of Sustainability at CSB/SJU is committed to the effort of creating a sustainable campus by focusing on the triple bottom line: equity, economy and the environment.


Barron's Best Buys includes CSB/SJU in its group of colleges that provide a first-class education at a more reasonable price.

CSB/SJU are among the top 120 liberal arts colleges in the Washington Monthly's 2014 rankings, which rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). See the news release.

The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) was ranked No. 21 in the Peace Corps Top Colleges 2014 rankings, which recognize the top 25 volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country.

CSB had 11 alumnae currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers. The Peace Corps defines the term "currently serving" as those who were serving on Sept. 30, 2013.


According to Open Doors 2014, the annual report on international education published by the Institute of International Education (IIE). CSB/SJU are ranked third among undergraduate schools for participation in semester-long study abroad programs. CSB/SJU have been ranked among the top six schools nationally in this category for the past 10 years.


The Templeton Guide lists CSB/SJU among 100 colleges in the Templeton Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges that "exhibit a strong and inspiring campus-wide ethos that articulates the expectations of personal and civic responsibility in all dimensions of college life." Learn more at: