Residential Curriculum


Residential Life at the College of Saint Benedict has a distinctive housing model where students live in residential facilities based primarily on cohort. A cohort is defined as students from the same academic year independent of credit standing. Our residential communities for each of the cohorts are modeled after our monastic founder's communities as places where individuals come together as equals to create a caring, supportive atmosphere where all members can learn and thrive. We encourage all our community members to share their personal strengths and gifts in order to learn from each other and share in life events. 

Care, comfort, and support come from various places in our campus residential communities. Live-in professional staff serve as mentors and are active members of the community. They supervise live-in student staff (Resident Assistants and Community Advisers) who are trained specifically to build community and make connections with residents. The best communities are ones where each member is included in the community building process and is invested in their neighbors success and well-being.

In order to build this sense of community in the campus residence halls and apartments, the Residential Curriculum encourages each resident's holistic development for their success as a scholar and community member.

  • Think Deeply
    • Residents will learn how to manage their personal needs and expectations with community standards. They will learn how to take responsibility for successful roommate and community relationships.
  • Embrace Difference
    • Residents will develop rich, diverse relationships with their community members. They will also learn how to effectively problem-solve when conflicts of differing values or perspectives arise in a community setting.
  • Serve Graciously
    • Residents will reflect on the Benedictine values and their role in the community. Students will develop as collaborative leaders who effectively navigate participatory environments of mutual respect to serve the needs of their community.
  • Engage Globally
    • Residents will participate in an on-going analysis of what it means to be a global citizen in a diverse world.
  • Live Courageously
    • Residents will learn, apply, and experiment with skills for personal success in a gendered world.  Students will understand the value of mentoring future women leaders and develop a network of people who will support their life-long journey to success.

First Year Residential Experience (FYRE)

The First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) supports first-year students in their transition to the College of Saint Benedict through initiatives focused on academic, social, professional and personal milestones within the first year.

There are traditional large-scale programs that are part of the FYRE experience as well as student-led initiatives. Resident assistants take the lead in building community and connecting students with each other. All programming initiatives are grounded in the residential curriculum and specifically focus on the development needs of first year students.

Sophomore Residential Experience (SMORE)

Programming efforts in Lottie, Margretta, and Brian halls specifically target the developmental needs sophomore students as they prepare to declare a major, study abroad, and prepare for the experience of their junior and senior years of college. Accordingly, the focus in this year is designing events and opportunities that further connect students to each other and the community—both at CSB|SJU, and the wider world—through large-scale programming as well as reoccurring, interest-based programs hosted by student staff members. As in the first year area, resident assistants for sophomores also connect with their residents through intentional conversations throughout the year.

Campus Apartments Residential Experience (CARE)

Life Skills programming is designed to assist junior and senior women in developing and fine-tuning life skills to ease their transition to life after college. Upper-class area community advisers (CAs) build community primarily through small group and individual gatherings, and serve as referral agents and resources for residents. Student staff in the apartments continue the model of intentional interactions and conversations.