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 2013, the five largest programs of study at CSB/SJU were Global Business Leadership, Biology, Psychology, Communication and Accounting.  Those five programs collectively represented over 40% 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 Global Business Leadership 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 2013, 89% of CSB student and 86% of SJU students from the 2012 new entering class returned for their second year.  Retention rates at CSB and SJU 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 2009 cohort was 73%; the average among the Minnesota private colleges was approximately 63%. 

In 2012-2013, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University awarded 912 baccalaureate degrees. Together, CSB and SJU conferred approximately 11% of all baccalaureate degrees awarded by Minnesota's private colleges. 

Study Abroad

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are ranked second nationally by the Institute for International Education in mid-length study abroad participation 360 students studied abroad on one of 19 semester-long trips during the 2011-2012 school year.  In all, 61% of the 2009 cohort at CSB and 43% of the 2009 cohort at SJU studied abroad prior to 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 2013 semester was 19.  Overall median class size has changed little in the last five years.  More than 90% of all courses enroll 30 students or fewer.  In fall 2013, over 18% of all 2 and 4 credit courses at Saint Benedict and Saint John's enrolled 10 or fewer students.

There were 369 faculty members teaching at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in fall 2013.  Approximately 36% of faculty were under age 45 and 13.3% 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 fall 2013.