Minnesota is home to six postsecondary institutions which are affiliated with the Catholic faith. These schools are spread throughout the state and offer students a variety of different resources to help them develop professionally and spiritually. Learn more about each institution and its distinguishing characteristics.
The Catholic colleges in Minnesota are distributed among five different cities in the state. Explore each school's location and tuition in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|College of Saint Benedict||4-year, private not-for-profit||Saint Joseph, MN||$43,738|
|Saint Johns University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Collegeville, MN||$43,356|
|Saint Mary's University of Minnesota||4-year, private not-for-profit||Winona, MN||$33,560|
|St. Catherine University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Saint Paul, MN||$38,170|
|College of Saint Scholastica||4-year, private not-for-profit||Duluth, MN||$36,212|
|University of St. Thomas||4-year, private not-for-profit||Saint Paul, MN||$41,133|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of Catholic Colleges in Minnesota
The Catholic colleges in Minnesota provide students with a diverse array of degree and certificate programs in all different areas of study. Learn what each school has to offer students to help them reach their academic and spiritual goals.
College of Saint Benedict
The College of Saint Benedict is a unique undergraduate, all-female institution that has a partnership with Saint Johns University, which is an all-male institution and is located only 6 miles away. This partnership allows students to attend courses and utilize resources at both campuses. As of fall 2016, there were a little over 1,900 undergraduates at Saint Benedict, according to the NCES. The school offers a variety of bachelor's degree programs in areas like women's studies, computer science, Spanish, nursing, peace studies and conflict resolution, theology and drama. The school has its own Campus Ministry that focuses on women's growth and spirituality and offers various programs, like Faith Communities and Alternative Break Experiences.
Saint Johns University
As mentioned above, Saint Johns University is an all-male institution that partners with the College of Saint Benedict to offer a co-ed environment. Students can pursue bachelor's or master's degree programs. Master's degree programs are primarily offered in areas of ministry and theology, but bachelor's degree programs are available in economics, chemistry, environmental studies, history, business, education and more. The school's Campus Ministry is composed of a retreats team, social outreach team, music/liturgy team and faith formation team. As of 2016, the school had a nearly 1,850 students according to NCES data.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota has three different locations, as well as online programs, to reach more students. According to the school, about 97% of the school's undergraduates receive some form of financial aid, but the school also offers master's and doctoral degree programs and graduate certificates in addition to bachelor's degree programs and undergraduate certificates. With over 120 different areas of study, students can choose from a variety of subjects, including engineering, public relations, healthcare, psychology, Christian studies, the arts, geographic information science and cartography, journalism and biochemistry. The school had a total enrollment of over 5,600 students in fall 2016 (per the NCES) and provides students with a wide range of activities and opportunities, including study abroad, faith and service organizations, athletics, outdoor recreation and internships.
St. Catherine University
St. Catherine University was traditionally an all-female institution and still has their College for Women, but had a co-ed, total enrollment of a little over 4,780 students in 2016, according to statistics from the NCES. Some of the school's most popular majors include nursing, social work, public health, psychology, accounting and biology, and degree programs are offered at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. Students may also pursue certificate programs, and the school reports that its student-to-faculty ratio is 10 to 1. Students can pray and participate in ministry activities at Our Lady of Victory Chapel and may join and/or participate in music ministry, liturgical dance, spiritual mentoring, retreats, small faith sharing groups and more.
College of Saint Scholastica
Students at the College of Saint Scholastica can pursue certificates as well as bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees. The available programs cover a wide range of fields, including biology, business, healthcare, education, computer and information science, the arts and psychology. The school's Campus Ministry offers four main programs - Christian Student Community, Alternate Break Experiences, CSS Catholic and Volunteers Involved Through Action (V.I.T.A.) Club. In fall 2016 there were a little over 5,350 students enrolled at the school, according to the NCES.
University of St. Thomas
The University of St. Thomas is the largest Catholic school in the state, with a total enrollment of over 9,900 students and a 14 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio in fall 2016, according to the NCES. Students can pursue associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Students can study engineering, education, business, English, communications, law, religious studies, environmental studies, social work, international relations, ministry and more. The school offers a wide range of religious clubs and organizations to help students grow spiritually, including Theology Night Live, St. Paul's Outreach, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Cru, Catholic Men's and Women's Leadership and Gospel Choir.