CSB, SJU do great jobs preparing graduates for employment placement

Campus & Community

September 24, 2021

The goal of any college is to prepare its graduates for professional careers.

It turns out that both the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are doing a great job of that.


Zippia, a career website, found that SJU was once again the best college for employment placement in Minnesota in its 2021 analysis, with a 95.16% job placement rate. It was the fourth time in five years that SJU earned the top spot in Minnesota.

For the third year in a row, CSB was second in the state with a 94.88% placement rate.

Both the SJU and CSB placement rates were unchanged from 2020.

Among state leaders, SJU placement rate ranked 10th overall, while CSB’s placement rate was higher than 38 state leaders.

“SJU and CSB have a long-standing track record of preparing students for jobs after graduation, as well as a network of successful alumni who are committed to assisting graduates in their careers,” said James Mullen, SJU transitional president.

“We are pleased that Zippia continues to recognize our institutions through the highest employment placement rates in the state as our graduates go on to lead rewarding professional careers,” Mullen said.

“At a time when unemployment rates due to COVID-19 have captured the headlines, we are proud that the skills of CSB and SJU graduates continue to be sought by more and more employers,” said Laurie Hamen, CSB transitional president.

“The Zippia rankings highlight the value and relevancy of a CSB/SJU education and the power of the Bennie-Johnnie alum network,” Hamen said.

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How did Zippia come up with the rankings?

Using the Department of Education College Scorecard data, Zippia searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement numbers 10 years after graduation.

Zippia then sorted every college in the country from the highest employment levels to the lowest. Any college that did not have this data or suppressed it was excluded from the running. Zippia opted to focus on the best colleges to graduate from. To do this, Zippia only looked at colleges that predominantly offer four-year degrees.

Zippia then selected the college with the highest rate of employment in each state, rounding to the second decimal point for readability.