CSB and SJU episode of The College Tour premieres on Amazon Prime

Campus & Community Student Features

May 28, 2024

By Frank Rajkowski

A wider audience will soon get the chance to see all that the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University have to offer.

The two schools are the first colleges in Minnesota to be featured on the Amazon Prime TV series The College Tour. The episode – which features 10 CSB and SJU students and alums sharing their own stories and experiences – was filmed on the two campuses in the fall of 2023.

It’s been available for viewing on the CSB and SJU website, YouTube and The College Tour website since February, but will begin streaming on Amazon Prime May 28.

“Saint Ben’s and Saint John’s are just remarkable places, and taping this episode was a tremendous experience,” the show’s host Alex Boylan said. “From the moment I set foot (on campus), all the crew talked about was how the hospitality is real – we definitely felt it. And when folks watch the episode, they’re going to see it, too, and hear the passion for both institutions and the beauty in which they’re integrated.”

The 30-minute episode highlights the beauty of the two campuses and the richness of the student experience.  The hope is it will assist in making the college selection process more accessible and inclusive for prospective students. 

“We believe this episode perfectly demonstrates the Bennie-Johnnie experience students have on our beautiful campuses – surrounded by a supportive community,” said Cory Piper, the dean of admission at CSB and SJU.

“We understand the expense of traveling to tour colleges can be a lot,” she continued. “Our episode on these platforms allows us to share our story with a wide range of families and students nationally and internationally who will be able to watch from their homes. Our hope is that they’ll love what they see and come visit us!”

Piper said the episode really does provide a sense of what makes CSB and SJU so exceptional in the world of higher education.

CSB and SJU’s strong integration is an incredibly unique model,” she said. “Other schools that have been featured are one institution with one central campus. We’re two campuses and communities bonded together. We want to share that story and I believe our episode does that beautifully.”

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