Undergraduate Academic and Instructional Profile
Student Academic Profile
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University together offer 37 major and 34 minor programs of study. For the graduating class of 2012, the five largest programs of study at CSB/SJU were Global Business Leadership, Biology, Psychology, Communication and Accounting. Those five programs collectively represented approximately 49% of all majors at the two institutions. There are, however, significant differences by gender. Saint John's students are more than twice as likely as Saint Benedict students to major in Management or Accounting and are more likely to major in a science or math field (excluding health sciences). CSB students are significantly more likely than SJU students to major in a health science discipline, Elementary Education, Psychology, or Communication. In general, women and men attending CSB and SJU make academic choices similar to their female and male peers at other private colleges in Minnesota.
Persistence and Completion
First to second year retention rates at both the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University have consistently approached or exceeded 90% since the mid-1990s. In fall 2012, 89% of the 2011 new entering class returned for their second year at both institutions. Retention rates at CSB and SJU significantly exceed both local and national averages for private and public colleges. Completion rates have risen as retention rates have improved. CSB and SJU significantly exceed averages for private and public colleges regionally and nationally. The average four-year completion rate for College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University's 2008 cohort was 73%; the average among the Minnesota private colleges is 63%.
In 2011-2012, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University awarded 872 baccalaureate degrees. Together, CSB and SJU conferred nearly 11% of all baccalaureate degrees awarded by Minnesota's private colleges.
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are ranked first nationally by the Institute for International Education in mid-length study abroad participation 381 students studied abroad on one 19 semester-long trips during the 2010-2011 school year. In all, 59% of the 2008 cohort at CSB and 44% of the 2008 cohort at SJU studied abroad by the time of graduation.
Instruction and Faculty Profile
Student-to-faculty ratios at CSB/SJU consistently have averaged approximately 12 - to - 1 over the past five years. The median class size for all 2 and 4 credit courses during the fall 2012 semester was 19.8. Overall median class size has changed little in the last five years and was 19 students in fall 2012. More than 90% of all courses enroll 30 students or fewer. In fall 2021, over 16% of all 2 and 4 credit courses at Saint Benedict and Saint John's enrolled 10 or fewer students.
There were 375 faculty members teaching at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in fall 2012. Approximately 85% of all faculty members are full-time. Approximately 35% of faculty were under age 45 and 10.9% were older than age 64. Seventy-nine percent of all full-time faculty at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are tenured or in tenure-track positions as of the 2012-2013 academic year.
- Table 16: Degree Aspirations of New Entering Students
- Table 17: Rentention Rates of New Entering Students
- Table 18: Completion Rates
- Table 19: Baccalaureate Degrees Conferred
- Table 20: Comparative Baccalaureate Degrees Conferred by Discipline Cluster
- Table 21: Study Abroad Participation Rates, by Cohort
- Table 22: Participation in Semester-long Study Abroad Trips
- Table 23: Undergraduate Class Size
- Table 24: Undergraduate to FTE Faculty Ratios
- Table 25: CSB/SJU Faculty by Age and Rank
- Table 26: Full-time Faculty by Rank
- Table 27: Full-time Faculty by Tenure Status
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