The College of St. Scholastica is a Catholic Benedictine institution and the only independent private college in northeastern Minnesota.
The College was founded in 1912 by a group of pioneering Benedictine Sisters who offered college courses to six young women. Today St. Scholastica educates more than 4,000 men and women and has graduated more than 18,500 living alumni.
The College is guided by its Mission Statement, its Statement of Purposes, its Diversity Statement and by the Benedictine Values of community, hospitality, respect, stewardship and love of learning.
The 186-acre Duluth campus is set on a ridge overlooking Lake Superior. Campus buildings include: majestic Tower Hall, the Science Center, Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, Burns Wellness Commons, the 500-seat Mitchell Auditorium, the College library, St. Scholastica Theatre, Somers residence hall, Cedar, Kerst, and Scanlon apartments, and several smaller residential buildings.
Also on the campus is the St. Scholastica Monastery, home of the Benedictine Sisters, Westwood senior apartments, and the Benedictine Health Center, which serves the needs of the Duluth area and provides opportunities for practical experience for many of the College's health science and behavioral arts and sciences students.
The beautiful St. Scholastica campus provides a small, friendly community that enables each student to participate in a variety of activities. A 14:1 student-to-teacher ratio makes it easy for students to seek individualized academic assistance and encouragement. The College offers 20 intercollegiate athletics programs and more than 50 extracurricular offerings. The activities and services of the Student Affairs division foster a diverse, challenging and mutually respectful environment which provides opportunities for students' holistic growth, and the integration of curricular and co-curricular learning.
St. Scholastica is consistently recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report magazine, whose "America's Best Colleges" rankings put St. Scholastica in the Top Tier of regional universities in the Midwest. St. Scholastica has been called a "hidden gem" by the Washington Post.
In addition to the main campus in Duluth, St. Scholastica offers adult-learning based undergraduate, graduate and accelerated courses in St. Paul, Rochester, St. Cloud and Brainerd. The College also offers undergraduate and graduate programs online.