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The College of St. Scholastica

St. Scholastica’s rigorous academics engage students in meaningful educational experiences in and outside the classrooms, from firsthand undergraduate research and internships to study abroad and volunteer opportunities.

The College of St. Scholastica has a mix of on-campus, traditional students as well as many part-time and online students from around Minnesota. From undergraduate to postgraduate degrees and professional programs, St. Scholastica is an accredited higher education institution with flexible offerings.

We invite you to learn about the benefits of a St. Scholastica education. Please take time to review our rankings, evaluate our numbers, and check our membership and accreditation across various boards and institutions.

Fast facts

Locations: Duluth, Austin, Brainerd, Cloquet, Grand Rapids, Inver Grove Heights and St. Cloud.

Founded: 1912

Affiliation: Catholic, Benedictine

First-year Traditional Undergraduates Enrollment (fall 2021 semester)

Total main campus, full time undergraduate: 1,468
Total undergraduate: 2,144
Total graduate: 1,368
Total College enrollment: 3,512

Female/Male Ratio (percentage)

Traditional Undergraduate: 65/35
Entire Population: 72/28

Undergraduate Pell Recipients (percentage)

Undergraduate, full-time: 23
Traditional, full-time: 22

Geographic Origin

97.1% from the United States

  • 85.9% from Minnesota
  • 12.8% from other states*
  • 1.3% unknown

2.9% from other countries*

*20 states and 8 countries represent our traditional first-year class. 49 states plus 2 U.S. territories and 27 countries make up the total student population.

Student Diversity

Black or African-American: 2.8%

American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.9%

Asian: 2.0%

Hispanic: 4.1%

International: 2.9%

Multi-racial: 3.0%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0.1%

White: 81.9%

Other/Unknown: 2.3%

High School Class Rank*

Top 10 %……….24%
Top 25 %……….46%
Top half…………78%
*of those reported

ACT Middle 50% Range

ACT Composite….22-27 (36% reporting scores)
Average ACT Composite score: 24
64% admitted through the test-optional process

Accreditation and Enrollment Reports

The College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Review our full list of accreditation and enrollment reports below.

Specific Programs of the College are Accredited By

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP)

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education(CAHIIM)

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)


State and U.S. Territory licensure requirements by program

Minnesota Board of Nursing

Minnesota Board of Teaching


American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

American Chemistry Society

American Library Association

Association for Gerontology in Higher Education

Association for Institutional Research

Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities

Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

Carnegie Project for the Education Doctorate (CPED)

Council of Independent Colleges

Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS)

Minnesota Private College Council

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

National Collegiate Honors Council

Online Learning Consortium

Registered With

The College of St. Scholastica is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

The College of St. Scholastica does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, status regarding public assistance or local commission status in its programs, procedures and activities.

Contact Information for Filing Third-Party Complaints

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:

Terri Van Reese, Interim Human Resources Executive
Tower Hall, Room 2100
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, Minnesota 55811

Third-Party Complaints

If you believe St. Scholastica is out of compliance with state statutes or accrediting requirements, please contact us first. We work hard to resolve all complaints and will do our best to address your issue.

Please address all correspondence to:

Diane Vertin, Institutional Effectiveness
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Ave.
Duluth, MN 55811
TTY/TDD 218-723-6790

Student Consumer Complaint Process

Pursuant to the United States Department of Education’s Program Integrity Rule, institutions providing online education are required to provide all prospective and current students contact information of the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against postsecondary education institutions offering distance learning within that state.

We encourage you to seek resolution to any concerns by discussing them informally with a staff member at the University.  If a complaint cannot be handled informally, CSS students are encouraged to use our College’s complaint process, outlined in the Student Handbook.

If a complaint cannot be resolved at the College level, you may contact the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

Higher Learning Commission complaint process

State of Minnesota Complaint process

Complaint Process for Non-Minnesota Residents