St. Catherine University, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is a private Catholic liberal arts university. Established in 1905 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cardonelet, the school was one of the first institutions of higher learning established specifically for the education of women in the Midwest. Today St. Catherine’s offers bachelor programs exclusively to women and graduate and associate programs for both women and men. The university owns and operates two campuses – its main campus in Saint Paul features 110 acres of wooded grounds, located in the Highland Park neighborhood and serves as a central location between the downtowns of both Twin Cities. St. Catherine’s second campus in Minneapolis specializes in healthcare and human service programs at all degree levels and provides an urban setting that is near several major healthcare facilities.
Accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1917, St. Catherine offers approximately 1,000 courses through at least 100 academic departments. Several majors are offered at the undergraduate level as well as nearly 20 graduate fields of study through the university’s four schools: the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health; School of Humanities, Arts & Sciences; School of Social Work; and the School of Business & Professional Studies. Among St. Catherine’s 55+ undergraduate majors, Nursing, Public Health, Business Administration, Psychology, and English have proven to be most popular among students.
St. Catherine also offers evening/weekend/online programs through its College of Adult Learning in a number of career focuses degrees and certificate programs. St. Catherine is home to a number of institutes and centers which provide additional resources and help to students, including the Office of Research & Sponsored programs, which provides collaborative research and funding; the Center for Sales Innovations where future sales leaders can be mentored and hone their skills through national sales competitions; the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women; and the Center for Community work & Learning.
More than 5,000 students are currently enrolled at St. Catherine’s, including over 3,000 undergraduates. Over 70% of first-time, first-year students live on campus and the university offers more than 20 on-campus housing options including residence halls and apartments, Living Learning communities, and student family housing. First-year students typically live in residence halls, while upper class students have options ranging from traditional dormitories, to suites and apartments.
Competing at the NCAA Division III level, St. Catherine sponsors approximately 12 varsity team sports, the most popular of which are Track & Field, Soccer, Ice Hockey, Swimming & Diving, and Softball. Nicknamed the “Wild Cats”, St. Catherine is a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). Students also have access to a variety of health and wellness activities and classes and many participate in intramural sports and clubs. Over 60 clubs and organizations are chartered at St. Catherine’s and a plenty of opportunity and exposure to the arts exist as well, including the Catherine G. Murphy Art Gallery, Music and Theater Center, and The O’Shaughnessy, which is one of the Twin Cities’ premier venues for showcasing the arts.