Frequently Asked Questions

As a student who is looking to transfer or apply for readmission to CSB+SJU, you may have questions. If you have questions not answered here, please contact our Transfer and Readmit Student Coordinator, Teri Durbin.

Why should I transfer?

Transferring is not the end of the world. With the number of colleges students have to choose from, it has to be expected that some students won’t choose the best fit the first time around.

Students transfer for all sorts of reasons: too far from home, too close to home, not enough to do, too many distractions, the food wasn’t good enough and the list goes on. The college experience has to be right for you and only you can decide to transfer. If you are looking for a new school, CSB+SJU just might be right for you. Here are two students’ perspectives on transferring to CSB+SJU.


My brother went to CSB and SJU and has always talked about what a special place it is, but being on campus is better than any stories he told. On my visit to the campuses, the welcoming atmosphere impressed me. I really felt at home. That was what was lacking at the other school I attended. I never really felt like I belonged.

I felt that CSB and SJU would help me learn more about myself. The students and staff challenge you and allow you to challenge yourself, but are always there to support you. Aside form learning more about myself, I believed that these schools would prepare me for a future in a competitive job market. I wanted a school with up-to-date facilities and technology. I found that and more here. The computer network is more than I ever expected, the new athletic facilities are amazing and the housing options are great.

Everything I had looked for in a school, I found here. I feel that when I finish school, CSB+SJU will have given me an education worth millions.


The moment I walked onto the wooded acres of Saint Benedict’s and Saint John’s, I knew this was the place for me to experience the rest of my college years. It was more than just the appearance of the schools. The trees and gardens that surrounded majestic brick buildings helped to sway my decision, but were not the main reasons I chose to transfer. Instead, it was the intense feeling of community and hospitality I experienced from the moment I stepped on to campus.

Because I had already experienced a “college experience” at another school, I knew what I was looking for. I wanted to be in a place that would shape the rest of my life. The small classes and close community offered the perfect environment.

On some level, I recognized that CSB+SJU would provide me with the tools to succeed in life. I learned that life is a precarious balance between knowledge, family, spirituality and self-renewal. This is the greatest lesson any young woman must learn.

Will I have to live on campus?

CSB+SJU students are required to live on campus all four years. The availability, variety, convenience and quality of upper-class housing on both campuses make the on-campus option the best option.

How will previous credits transfer?

At CSB+SJU, we will work with you to make sure you are receiving the appropriate credits. Each case is evaluated on an individual basis, but the following are the general guidelines. CSB+SJU will accept credits from another college that meet the following criteria:

  • The college is regionally accredited (i.e. North Central accredited)
  • You received a C or greater in the class
  • The class is 100 level or greater
  • CSB+SJU offer a similar course

The College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University 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.

Grades earned for transferred coursework are not calculated into the student’s cumulative GPA. Before credit may be transferred, the Registrar’s Office must receive an official transcript directly from the college at which the courses were completed. Consult the Registrar’s Office or Admission Office for further information.

CSB+SJU have a strong relationship with Minnesota’s community colleges and have developed specific transfer policy for credits earned at those institutions. The following Transfer Guides outline classes and credits that will transfer.


These Transfer Guides will be used through the Spring 2020 entering class. After that, the new Integrations Curriculum will be effect for students entering Fall 2020 and after.

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Contact College Transfer and Readmit

Office of Admission
2850 Abbey Plaza
PO Box 7155
Collegeville, MN 56321

Toll Free 800-544-1489
Office 320-363-2197
Fax 320-363-5650
Email [email protected]