A Transformative Experience

At St. Scholastica, we understand the college experience is more than just what happens in the classroom. It’s everything that goes into preparing you for a life of purpose and meaningful work.

Here's a sampling of the curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular undergraduate experiences you'll find at St. Scholastica.

Academic Rigor

Academic Rigor

At St. Scholastica, challenging academics is crucial to the college experience. We inspire student success by stressing the importance of academic effort and establishing high expectations for student performance.

St. Scholastica's high scores on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) — a widely respected evaluation of collegiate quality — affirm our educational excellence, exceptional faculty, supportive academic environment and diverse, inclusive community.

Learning with Peers

Seniors Academic Challenge Indicator


Real-World Learning

Real-World Learning

More than 60 percent of undergraduate students participate in experiential learning, such as internships, field experiences and research placements. Plus, the campus boasts a newly renovated, state-of-the-art science center with 13 labs and one of the nation’s few undergraduate donor body anatomy labs. 


Catholic Benedictine Heritage

Catholic Benedictine Heritage

The St. Scholastica experience is distinguished by the school's Catholic Benedictine ethos, or animating spirit. Students experience this in the customs, practices and aspirations of campus life. This is evident in the following survey from the NSSE 2013 Catholic College Consortium study that measures mission effectiveness.

NSSE 2013 Catholic College Consortium study


The Catholic Social Teaching in Action

The Catholic Social Teaching in Action

St. Scholastica's campus culture offers year-round opportunities for putting Catholic social teaching into action. Examples include:

  • Twice-yearly Community Days, when students volunteer throughout the Duluth-Superior area
  • The Twin Ports Thanksgiving Buffet and Thanksgiving in the Spring, when students, faculty and staff serve thousands of meals to those in need
  • Alternative spring break trips to serve people who are disadvantaged and learn to recognize structural inequality and injustice
  • Some academic programs have built-in community outreach components such as the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Clinics that serve uninsured and under-insured people, and Social Work students' efforts along the Mexico border to learn about immigration and migrant border issues

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Every year, nearly 10 percent of undergraduate students participate in St. Scholastica’s more than 14 study abroad programs. The college is a member of the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA), which gives students the opportunity to travel to almost any country in the world.


Exceptional Programs

Exceptional Programs

Through program review and feedback from employers, alumni and students, we regularly assess the usefulness of our curricula to students who will live and work in a global, diverse and technological society.

Our Native Teacher Program is one example of a unique and needed program offered at CSS. The only offering of its kind in Minnesota, it prepares students to work with Ojibwe youth by increasing their understanding of Ojibwe language, history and culture.

A leader in healthcare education for more than 100 years, St. Scholastics also boasts one of the largest nursing schools in the Midwest. In 1935, St. Scholastica created the first accredited medical records undergraduate program, the forerunner of health informatics and information management (HIM), and established the first HIM graduate program in 2001.


Athletics

Athletics

Fans and athletes alike enjoy Saint Scholastica’s 22 men’s and women’s intercollegiate varsity sports. Saints Athletics highlights since 2008 include:

Conference

  • 937 Academic All-Conference Selections 
  • 70 Conference Regular Season Championships
  • 34 Postseason Conference Championships
  •  5 straight Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Kruse Awards (All-Sports Trophy)

Nation

  • 29 Individual Appearances in NCAA Tournaments
  • 24 Team Appearances in NCAA Tournaments
  • 14 Capital One Academic All-Americans (In 2013, CSS's football team had four Academic All-American Team selections, more than any other Division III college in the country)
  • 3 All-Americans
  • 3 straight UMAC football championships and three NCAA Division III playoff appearances in the last three seasons
  • 1 NCAA National Champion

World

  • 5 CSS athletes participated in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics or other global winter sports competitions

The Arts

The Arts

Home to the Mitchell Auditorium, a premier performing arts center, St. Scholastica hosts speakers, concerts and performances aimed at exploring big ideas, finding your place in the world and celebrating art in all its forms.

The Theater Department has three performances every year, and the Music Department offers numerous ensembles open to students of all levels.


Intercultural Center

Intercultural Center

We strive for all students to feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued. Our Intercultural Center, an extension of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and home to several student clubs, is a vibrant hub where students gather to network and have fun in a supportive atmosphere.

St. Scholastica is the second Minnesota private college to create a cabinet-level position to lead inclusion and diversity efforts. We also offer a cultural competency certificate program to prepare students to live and excel in a diverse world.


Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations

Our more than 75 student organizations, including everything from student senate and political groups to sports clubs, service groups and a campus newspaper, foster self-confidence, leadership and respect for others.