Located in St. Joseph, Minnesota, the College of St. Benedict is a women's-only institution of higher education affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The school was initially founded in 1913 in the religious tradition of the Sisters of St. Benedict's Monastery, which was established in 1857 in central Minnesota. The Benedictine community worked hard to provide service to the German immigrants in the Midwest, along with missionary initiatives that reached around the globe. In 1961, the sisterhood decided to include the College of St. Benedict as an independent academic institution. Following this, the school quickly expanded in its facilities and enrollment. The school also maintains a strong partnership with St. John's University in nearby Collegeville, Minnesota, an all-male school that shares an academic program with the College of St. Benedict.
According to its mission statement, the College of St. Benedict exists "to provide for women the best residential liberal arts education in the Catholic university tradition. The college fosters integrated learning, exceptional leadership for change and wisdom for a lifetime." The school goes on to add that it "offers these commitments in partnership with St. John's University - providing a laboratory where women and men can achieve new respect and genuine partnerships with one another."
Those living in student housing or an off campus apartment near the College of St. Benedict have access to the school's distinguished academic programs and fields of study. Students may pursue degrees in various concentrations through academic divisions such as Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary and Pre-Professional Programs.
Student living and university living at the College of St. Benedict revolve around a variety of traditional campus student organizations and programs as well as Christian-oriented community-building initiatives.
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