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St. Scholastica experience

The Communiversity Pathway

St. Scholastica provides a clear path for students interested in HIM. Students enrolled in related programs at the Communiversity @ Surprise's partner schools can seamlessly transfer their credits to CSS and earn their bachelor's degree.

We also offer master's and post-baccalaureate certificates for professionals looking to enter this highly specialized, growing field to further their careers.

St. Scholastica in Phoenix, Ariz.

The College of St. Scholastica is a long-standing institution steeped in a rich history. We began as a brick-and-mortar school founded in 1912 by a group of Benedictine Sisters who offered college courses to six young women. More than 100 years and 13,000 graduates later, the original campus in Duluth, Minnesota, has expanded to include eight additional locations and more than 20 fully online degree programs.

Within St. Scholastica's first century of excellence, we achieved a number of industry milestones including establishing the country's first Health Information Management (HIM) program in 1934. Since then, the school has remained at the forefront of healthcare education, but our academic distinction doesn't stop there.

What We're About: The St. Scholastica Mission

At St. Scholastica, we are student-focused and mission-oriented. Our educational philosophy includes an array of high academic standards while remaining grounded on a cornerstone of holistic Benedictine values: community, hospitality, respect, stewardship and love of learning.

We are dedicated to our students as well as to our community. For that reason, we take great pride in assessing the needs of the people in our communities and doing our best to provide the education and involvement required to address them. We also understand that our students require educational programs to meet their specific needs. That is why we strive to provide flexible learning options, from web-based courses to hassle-free credit transfers.

We're Here: Expanding to Arizona

In order to achieve the goals of benefiting our communities as well as serving the needs of our students, our location in the Phoenix area isn't your typical college campus-in addition to offering a host of online degree programs, we are proud participants in the Communiversity in Surprise, AZ.

Part community college, part university, a communiversity blends the two with the goal of offering students the opportunity to progress from an associate degree to a bachelor's or master's degree both seamlessly and economically.

Students can earn an associate degree from one of our community college partners and then transfer easily to St. Scholastica in pursuit of a bachelor's degree with no hassle over transferring credits, moving campuses or additional fees.

At St. Scholastica, our students are given unique access to all of our online programs as well as our on-campus initiatives, successfully blending the digital and the personal, all while emphasizing the importance of community.

Starting Out: Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

In addition to our various online programs, we will be launching our Arizona campus' first on-campus offering in the spring of 2015: a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BSW). Held at Mesa Community College, it is one of the only undergraduate social work programs in the Phoenix area that is designed to meet the needs of working adults by offering a flexible hybrid format. This enables students to split course time between online classes and face-to-face meetings.


Programs Offered

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Join Us!

The College of St. Scholastica has been known for more than 100 years as an institution that values the importance of a small, intimate community. With years of experience under our belt, it's time to expand our "small college" feel without requiring a trip to our original Duluth campus. Personal advisors, small class sizes and rewarding student groups are just a few of the tactics we use to make this an accessible reality.

Join us in the Phoenix Valley-and do it your way!

For more information about transfer processes and requirements, visit our Transfer Students page or our Social Work Transfer Guide.

Directions and Parking

Convenient surface parking is available adjacent to the Communiversity on the west side of the building.

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15950 N Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374

Communiversity @ Surprise: (480) 384-9995
Admissions: (866) 478-9277

Nu Ly, Admissions Counselor 
(888) 625-7992

Maria Laughner, Arizona Regional Director
(623) 694-0984

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