CSB, for women, and SJU, for men, are nationally recognized Catholic liberal arts colleges and ranked as two of the top three Catholic colleges in the nation. They share one academic program, and students attend classes together on both campuses. This integrated learning experience combines a challenging academic program with extensive opportunities for international study, leadership, service learning, spiritual growth and cultural and athletic involvement. The combined enrollment of more than 3,800 students makes CSB and SJU the largest of the nation's liberal arts colleges.
Yet, CSB and SJU are two colleges. Each college retains its own campus, residence halls, athletic programs and traditions. CSB/SJU are committed to the development of the whole person, meeting the unique needs of both women and men in single-gender and co-educational experiences.
The Catholic character of CSB and SJU is shaped by the Benedictine communities which founded the colleges in the 19th century and continues to foster Benedictine Catholic values in the academic, spiritual and social life of the colleges. Today, Benedictine women and men remain actively involved in teaching and administration, and their prayerful presence in community life provides the stable sense of home for which both CSB and SJU are so well known.
CSB and SJU are located six miles apart in central Minnesota, surrounded by 3,200 acres of pristine forests, prairies and lakes. The colleges are minutes away from the St. Cloud metropolitan area, with a population of more than 100,000, while Minneapolis and St. Paul are 70 miles southeast on Interstate 94.
The atmosphere on this campus makes it difficult not to feel entirely at home all the time. There is always something to do on campus, so it is hard to have a dull friday or saturday night, and being busy is a trademark of a student here at CSB/SJU. I cannot think of another school that could better match my lifestyle, values or love of the people around me.» Read More
The sense of community that comes with a small college is one of the things that drew me to St. Bens/St. Johns. I will also be able to continue with my sports and music from high school. The people also see very friendly.» Read More
I love the sense of community that resides here at CSB/SJU. When you're a student here, you are not just one of 4,000 students; you are part of a community that watches out for each other, and always puts others first. It truly is a one-of-a-kind college.» Read More