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Causes: Education, Universities

Mission: St. Catherine University educates students to lead and influence. Inspired by its visionary founding in 1905 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, more than a century later the University serves diverse students, with a baccalaureate college for women at its heart and graduate and associate programs for women and men. At all degree levels, St. Catherine integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic tradition, emphasizing intellectual inquiry and social teaching, and challenging students to transformational leadership. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine University develops ethical, reflective and socially responsible leaders, informed by the philosophy of the women’s college and the spirit of the founders.

Programs: See schedule o. St. Catherine university is the only private institution in minnesota to confer degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels. Total 2014-2015 enrollment on both campuses, in st. Paul and minneapolis, is 5,055 students - 96. 2 percent women and 29. 5 percent multicultural or international. During the 2014-2015 academic year, st. Catherine university awarded 48 undergraduate certificates, 189 associate degrees, 648 baccalaureate degrees, 74 post-baccalaureate certificates, 464 master's degrees, and 52 doctorate degrees - professional practice. Our reputation for academic excellence and our nationally recognized programs have also placed us among the top tiers of catholic and master's universities nationwide. St. Catherine ranked 15th among the "regional universities - midwest" in u. S. News & world report's "best colleges" issue in 2015. The university was ranked in "economic diversity among top-ranked schools. "

see schedule o. St. Catherine university helps students achieve their best by offering small classes, committed faculty members, and an array of academic and personal support services. These services include academic advising, financial aid and career counseling, a health and wellness center, a campus ministry program and accommodations for students with disabilities. All of our services combine to make the st. Kate's experience one that nurtures students in mind, body and spirit. In addition, st. Catherine has programs that cater to specific student populations. For example, the multicultural center on the minneapolis campus - part of the office of multicultural and international programs and services - provides advising, advocacy and referrals for students of color. The access and success program helps student parents balance school, finances and family life, including helping them to find affordable housing and reputable childcare.

see schedule o. St. Catherine university is, at heart, a community - one that recognizes students, faculty and staff members as whole human beings who have practical as well as intellectual needs. Our auxiliary services contribute to the overall quality of life on the 110-acre st. Paul campus and the smaller, more urban campus in minneapolis. Auxiliary services is the parent department of a diverse group of internal units, including o'shaughnessy performing arts, printing services, residence halls and apartments, campus mail, dining and catering, bookstores, and meeting and events services. During the 2014-2015 academic year, 81. 3 percent of first-year students lived on campus. Our facilities crew ensures that campus buildings and grounds are well maintained and aesthetically pleasing. Sodexo, the food service provider, underscores the values of st. Catherine university with its emphasis on nutrition, safe and fair working conditions, recycling and protecting the environment.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

My mother graduated in 1950, and I graduated in 1978, and my daughter will graduate in 2013 - a "TripliKate". In each instance, we made an independent decision to go to St. Kate's, not just because a parent or grandparent had gone. All three generations are made up of independent, intelligent women, and all have thrived in the encouraging, supportive atmosphere. My mom was a chemistry major, when women didn't go into sciences, and did research at a major university. I was an elementary education major, and because of St. Kate's reputation, was able to get a job when there were 100s of applicants and very few openings. And now my daughter is going because it increases her chances to get into veterinary school. The reputation of St. Kate's is impeccable, but the atmosphere makes you feel like you have come home. Attending St. Kate's was the best decision all three of us made. Nancy McIntire


Client Served

Rating: 4

I first stepped onto the campus of St. Kate's in 2001 as a senior in high school. Coming from a small town in Minnesota, I was apprehensive of the city - but found St. Kate's to be the perfect place for me. During all of my time as a student, I found professors to be passionate and helpful. I worked on campus in the Development Office, and the guidance I received from the other employees led me into my current career; I still keep in touch with many of those employees to this day. The mission at St. Kate's talks about educating women to lead and influence. During all of my experiences there, I felt that we were learning to live out that mission - encouraged to speak up, pursue our dreams and passions, and I know that they strive to continue this into the future. The mentoring I received and the amazing education is something I will cherish my entire lifetime.



Rating: 5

St. Catherine's became for me my first home away from my Chicago home. Over the fifty years I have had several other homes. But no matter where I was, in my head and in my heart St. Catherine's was always a firm point of reference. The lessons I learned on Campus and in the Chapel -- especially the words in the Chapel, "Behold, I Make All Things New" -- have served my life well through all the years. Eileen Raidl Gordon 1960