Points of Distinction

When speaking to a prospective student about CSB/SJU it's important that you share your personal stories and successes. These are the things that make CSB/SJU special for you.

At the same time, we hope you can share a few things that we know set us apart from many other colleges. Each of these four distinct qualities is directly connected to our Benedictine values and heritage.

Our unique partnership of two Catholic liberal arts colleges

Our partnership makes us the largest of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges.

  • Students attend all classes and activities together on both campuses.
  • BENEFIT: Our students have access to many more opportunities and experiences.

Our commitment to experience-based learning

  • 97% of students complete an internship, research project, or other experiential
    learning activity.
  • BENEFIT: Our students are better prepared to succeed in careers and graduate school.

Our focus on internationalism

  • The majority of our students study internationally.
  • We rank among the top colleges for the number of students who study abroad.
  • We enroll nearly 200 students from 40 countries.
  • BENEFIT: Our students are better prepared to live in a global society and work in a global economy.

Our ideal college setting

  • Located in central Minnesota on 3,200 acres of woods and lakes.
  • Yet: we are in the St. Cloud metropolitan area and part of the growth corridor of Minnesota just an hour from Minneapolis and St. Paul.
  • BENEFIT: Our students have access to all the resources of a metropolitan area while living on active, residential campuses with great opportunities for outdoor recreation.