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The beginnings of Saint John's University, or SJU, can be traced back to a small boy's school which was established by Father Cornelius in 1856. It became a college in 1857, and was then located in St. Cloud. This men's college is now partnered with the women's College of Saint Benedict to offer undergraduate degrees in liberal arts. The two colleges share a 3, 200 acre campus in Collegeville and St. Joseph, Minnesota. SJU's recent Enrolments have been more than 4, 000 students while including representatives from over 30 countries worldwide.

Saint John's University offers students more than 35 majors and over 30 minor programs to choose from. The courses lead to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Master of Arts degrees are offered by the Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary. The academic divisions of the institute include:

  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
The sports teams of Saint John's University are nicknamed the Johnnies. The athletics department fields teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, hockey, Nordic skiing, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and wrestling. The Johnnies are members of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and have won a number of national championships.

Profile of Saint Johns University

The campus of Saint Johns University is in Collegeville, MN, which is a rural site not far from an urban area. Its Roman Catholic nature is one of the defining aspects of the school. Saint Johns University is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at the school include, at the school's highest level, the Master's degree.

Course Topics

Saint Johns University is known for its programs in science and liberal arts.

Saint Johns University Selectivity

Admission at the school is selective, not open to all who apply. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 490. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 500 and 650.


The school maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. Saint Johns University has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, the school had 2, 080 students enrolled (2, 012 full-time equivalent). A very high share of students at Saint Johns University are male.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at the school. Saint Johns University has a residential or campus feel. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Saint Johns University values student athletics, and belongs to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Saint Johns University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts146political science, speech and rhetoric, economics, English, history, sociology, peace and conflict resolution, German language, . . .
Business and Management101business management, accounting
Science55biology, chemistry, biological and physical sciences, biochemistry, physics, physics courses
Religion and Philosophy36theology, philosophy, ministry, theology and religious vocations
Therapy and Counselling23psychology
Education and Teaching11elementary school teaching
Computer Science and Engineering9computer science
Art Studies7art studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine7registered nursing
Conservation and Resource Management6environmental studies
Mathematics6mathematics and computer science, mathematics
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy1dietetics and clinical nutrition, nutrition sciences
Fine Arts0art history and criticism
Family and Social Work0social work

Contact: Saint Johns University

Saint Johns University

Collegeville, MN 56321

General Phone: (320) 363-2011


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