Eighty percent of our students live on campus, and that means more than having a room in a residence hall. CSB/SJU students are always on campus. Whether students want to get together for a study group, grab a bite to eat, go to a movie, or cheer on the Blazers and Johnnies, they do it all on campus. Part of the college experience is being a member of the campus community. Even the 20 percent of students that choose to live off campus don't go very far. The majority of them can be found within walking distance of CSB in the town of St. Joseph, so they can still easily attend all the events and take part in activities on campus.
5. What do students do for fun on the weekends? Do they stay on campus?
There is always something going on right here at CSB/SJU. Students don't go home on weekends because they don't want to miss the opportunities on campus. Wherever your interest might lie, there is an activity for you.
The Joint Events Council (JEC) is a student-run programming board that hosts more than 100 events a year for little to no cost to the students. Those events include everything from comedians in one of the two campus nightclubs to blockbuster movies on the big screen and from elegant formal dances to huge outdoor concerts.
There are also more than 80 other clubs and organizations sponsoring events. O'Connell's Nightclub and Brother Willie's Pub host their own events every weekend. Whether there is a DJ blaring 80's tunes or a ska band performing, you can join the dancing crowd.
CSB/SJU also host a performing arts series on both campuses. The Partners in the Arts series hosts regional and national acts throughout the year. The series covers the entire spectrum of the arts from the Minnesota Orchestra to Ondekoza Demon Drummers of Japan.
There are also countless sporting events on both campuses year round. You can join the boisterous crowd at everything from swim meets to soccer games. CSB/SJU not only have a tradition of excellent athletic teams, we have a tradition of incredible fan support for all of the teams. To put things in perspective, the schools' total enrollment is around 3,900 students, but the average attendance at home a football game is more than 6,000.
6. Is SJU an all men's school and CSB an all women's school?
Yes . . . No. . . Maybe? We have taken the best of what women's, men's and coed colleges offer and combined them in a way you won't find at another pair of colleges in the nation. Student services and residences are structured to fulfill the needs of men at SJU and of women at CSB, but the student experience is not limited by the location of a residence hall. Men and women attend classes together on both campuses, join clubs and organizations on both campuses, and utilize the facilities on both campuses. Men are in the field house at CSB. Women are in the Science Center at SJU. Men and women are everywhere on both campuses. After a few days at CSB/SJU they cease to be two separate campuses and simply become "home."
Students of all faiths are welcome at CSB/SJU and can experience a meaningful faith life on campus. Fifty-six percent of students on campus are Catholic. Campus Ministry and other organizations on campus are open to all students regardless of religious affiliation and offer a wonderful opportunity to share your faith journey with others. Campus Ministry assists students who need transportation in order to attend services of other denominations.
There are no required "religion" courses, but students are required to take two theology courses as part of the core curriculum. These courses explore the questions about the reality of God, the meaning of human existence and the relationship between God, humanity and the world. Some of the courses offered include "Religions of the World," "Studies in Jewish Thought" and "The Reality of God."