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The College of St. Scholastica

The Return on Investing in a
St. Scholastica Education

Our undergraduate students leave with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed, both as employees and responsible citizens. Grounded in a strong liberal arts foundation, they are prepared to think critically and respond to a changing world.

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

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We invite you to learn about the benefits of a St. Scholastica education. Please take time to review our rankings and evaluate our numbers.

Programs Among Nation’s Best

  • Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News & World Report. Graduate programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy and social work ranked among leading graduate school programs across the nation
  • Best Online Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report. At no. 35, the Master of Education program ranked highest among all Minnesota and Wisconsin schools and in the top 25% of schools nationwide

Launching Lives of Meaningful Work

In short, St. Scholastica graduates do meaningful things. Like launch an AIDS outreach program in Africa. Or lead an executive team at Target Corp. Or manage a nationally recognized program for people with heart failure.

Our students leave St. Scholastica with more than a degree; they leave with the shared responsibility to create, support and inspire communities.

Within Six Months of Graduation

First Destination Survey (FDS)

The FDS respondents reported a 94% rate of either employment, continuing education, or military and volunteer service within six months of graduation. The information below covers alumni with a bachelor-level standing from all St. Scholastica sites and delivery methods in the 2019-2020 academic year.

The survey was sent out to 751 alumni. A knowledge rate of 61.5% is calculated based on 462 responses, defined as reasonable and verifiable information concerning the graduates discovered through surveys, LinkedIn, faculty, staff and fellow students.

Survey Responses: Percentages are of those who responded to this question.
Category Responding Percentage
Employed 357 77.27%
Continuing Education 74 16.02%
Military Service 2 0.43%
Volunteering 2 0.43%
Still Looking 25 5.41%
Not Seeking 2 0.43%
Grand Total 462 100%

Where Do Saints Go?

Our graduates can be found doing meaningful work all around the nation from Washington D.C. and New York, to Duluth and the Twin Cities and around the world.

  • 3M
  • ALLETE
  • Allina Health
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Family Insurance
  • Apple
  • Arc Northland
  • Augsburg Fairview Academy
  • The Bhutan Foundation
  • Catholic Charities
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
  • Churches United in Ministry (CHUM)
  • Citon Computer Corp
  • CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
  • The Conservation Corps
  • Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • Digi-Key Electronics
  • Ernst & Young
  • Essentia Health
  • Fairview Health Services
  • Fond du Lac Human Services Division
  • Garven Design Group
  • Glencoe Regional Health Services
  • Hamlin Music Academy
  • Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
  • Human Development Center
  • Laura MacArthur Elementary School
  • Lucid Software
  • Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Melhus Management
  • Minnesota House of Representatives
  • The MENTOR Network
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Nystrom & Associates, Ltd.
  • North Star Academy
  • North Memorial Health
  • Northwood Children’s Services
  • Office of Comptroller of the Currency
  • RBC Wealth Management
  • Regions Hospital
  • Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center
  • Securian Financial Group
  • Tri-City United Public Schools
  • United International College, China
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center
  • U.S. Biathlon National Development Team
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Volunteers of America
  • V.A. Health Care System
  • Xcel Energy
  • Zeitgeist Arts

Graduation and Retention Rates

These graduation and retention rates show the percentage of undergraduate traditional, non-traditional and graduate students during a time period and by program.

Undergraduate Traditional Students

Retention Rates

The retention rate shows the percentage of bachelor-seeking students by program.

Retention Rate by Program

 

*Retention rates are defined as our fall 2019 bachelor-seeking program populations and if they retained in the fall of 2020. Note that this is not a complete listing of programs but a variety of our traditional majors.

The retention rate is the percent of first-time students who entered as freshmen and returned the next fall for their sophomore year.

Fall to Fall Retention Rate for First-Time, Degree-Seeking Students

* The average retention rate for the fall 2018 cohort at Minnesota and Wisconsin postsecondary institutions was 76.6%. SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Fall Enrollment component.

Graduation Rates

Graduation rates show the number of first-time students who graduated from a particular program.

Graduation Rate by Program

 

*Traditional 6-year program graduation rates are calculated using our Fall 2014 cohort of new first-year students with a completion deadline of August 31st, 2020. Note that this is not a complete listing of programs but a variety of our traditional majors.

Graduation rates show the number of students who graduate within a certain time period from when they start.

Our four-year graduation rate is higher than public colleges and universities in Minnesota and on par with peer private colleges and universities throughout the state. Our six-year graduation rate is also above average.

Graduation rates chart

Graduation Rate Comparison

Graduation Rate Comparison chart

* The average six-year graduation rate for the 2013 cohort at Minnesota and Wisconsin postsecondary institutions was 59%. SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Graduation Rates component.

Non-Tradional Undergraduate Students

Retention Rates

The retention rate shows the percentage of non-traditional undergraduate students by program.

Retention Rate by Program

 

*Retention rates are defined as our Fall 2019 semester of students and retainment at any time in either of the two subsequent semesters. Note that this is not a complete listing of programs but a variety of our non-traditional majors.

Graduation Rates

Graduation rates show the number of non-traditional undergraduate students who graduated from a particular program.

Graduation Rate by Program

 

*Non-traditional 6-year program graduation rates are calculated using our 2013-2014 academic year of students with a completion deadline of 18 semesters from the start of their program. Note that this is not a complete listing of programs but a variety of our non-traditional majors.

Graduate and Doctoral Students

Retention Rates

The retention rate shows the percentage of graduate and doctoral students by program.

Retention Rate by Program

 

*Retention rates are defined as our Fall 2019 semester of students and retainment at any time in either of the two subsequent semesters. Note that this is not a complete listing of programs but a variety of our graduate majors.

Graduation Rates

Graduation rates show the number of graduate students who graduated from a particular program.

Graduation Rate by Program

 

*Graduate 4-year program graduation rates are calculated using our 2015-2016 academic year of students with a completion deadline of 12 semesters from the start of their program. Note that this is not a complete listing of programs but a variety of our graduate majors.

Undergraduate 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.

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.

Real-World Learning

More than 90% of first-year students participate in high-impact practices, such as service-learning, a learning community or research with faculty. 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.

First-Year HIPS chart

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.

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

Education Abroad

Every year, nearly 10 percent of undergraduate students participate in St. Scholastica’s more than 10 education 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.