Prospective CLEAN participants applying to St. Scholastica

Note: Acceptance to The College of St. Scholastica is independent of the CLEAN Program. Although CLEAN staff members may advocate for you and your acceptance to the college, the admissions process is facilitated by the admissions staff and your acceptance depends on whether or not you meet the admissions requirements.

  1. Apply online

    NOTE: Include "working with Recovery Services" in the Other Comments text box

  2. Send in your high school and college transcripts

    Send your high school and college transcripts (even if no credits were received) to:

    Admissions Department
    The College of St. Scholastica
    1200 Kenwood Avenue
    Duluth, MN 55811

  3. Update your FAFSA

    School Code = CSS FAFSA Code: 002343

  4. Review the Student Support Services (SSS) application criteria and fill out an inquiry form if considered eligible. Review Here


  5. Provide CLEAN staff with an overview of your academic progress (transcripts not required). This narrative should qualitatively discuss if your grades to date accurately reflect your ability, or if your drug and alcohol use compromised your academice performance.

    Note: This step is only suggested if your academic history is questionable or you consider it to be an inaccurate representation of your studiousness.
    Provide overview to Ben Bertsch at

  6. All students undergo a criminal background check. If this will report any felonies or gross misdemeanors, please contact CLEAN staff to discuss the documentation and disclosure required to process your application.  Given that we understand that some charges on criminal backgrounds are a direct result of a lifestyle influenced by chemical dependency, we wish to assess each candidate fairly by viewing their history as only a chapter in a much longer narrative.

    If you have a criminal background and are concerned about how it may affect your application, please contact Ben Bertsch at
    We look forward to receiving your application and working with you through the process. Thank you for your interest in The College of St. Scholastica and the CLEAN Program.
    Ben Bertsch and Ted Nielsen