Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905; St. Catherine University, also known as St. Kate’s, is a private Catholic university located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It was named in the honor of the Saint Catherine of Alexandria. St. Kate’s is dedicated to the development of scholars who will go on to become effective and ethical leaders of the future. The institution provides fantastic opportunities to broaden the knowledge base, refine skills and elucidate the attitudes vital for conscientious action. With more than 2,800 bachelor’s students, St. Kate’s is the largest university for women in the US.
St. Catherine University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The institute also has several discipline based accreditations from agencies such as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), the American Dietetics Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, and so on.
St. Kate’s confers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in diverse areas of study such as accounting, English, arts, nursing, radiography, sonography, dietetics, and economics. It also offers master’s degree in a variety of disciplines such as education (teacher licensure), education, education (montessori), holistic health studies, library and information science, nursing, social work, and theology.
Students can also earn a doctoral degree and other certificate programs such as business-to-business sales, catechetical ministry, coding specialist, organizational leadership, community health worker, healthcare sales, holistic health studies, pastoral ministry, phlebotomy, spiritual direction, and urban library.
Schools and Colleges:
St. Catherine University is composed of the following academic schools and colleges: School of Business and Leadership; Henrietta Schmoll School of Health; School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences; School of Professional Studies; College for Women; College for Women – Weekend; Graduate College; College for Applied and Continuing Learning.
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Each semester, St. Catherine University boasts an enrollment of more than 5,300 students. Students seeking admission to the institute must send the completed application form along with the official transcripts, and ACT or SAT score. Getting a transfer to St. Kate’s is easy. All transfer students must send the application form along with official transcripts from all previously attended institutes.
International students are encouraged to apply for admission. The International applicants must send the completed application, along with all official transcripts, application fee, two letters of recommendations, and a personal statement of 300 to 500 words. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to provide a proof of their proficiency in the language. The application deadlines for the International students are as follows:
- Last week of June for Fall semester
- Mid of November for Winter semester
St. Catherine University offers a variety of financial aid programs including scholarships, grants and loans. Students seeking financial aid must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The institute offers scholarship programs for the first year, transfer and international students. Some of the scholarships offered at the institute are Elizabeth Ann Beatson O’Shaughnessy Merit Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Alumnae Referral Scholarship, TripliKate Scholarship, Private Music Lesson Scholarship, The Bonnie Hyland Umeh Excellence in Leadership Scholarship, ELS Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, and Dean’s Scholarship.
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St. Catherine University boasts a vibrant student life. The governing boards and organizations such as like Student Senate, LEAD Team and the St. Kate’s Student Activities Team (SKAT) teach integrity and compassion to the students. There are several on-campus clubs and organizations based on diverse interest of the students. Students can either join one or create a new club. Some of the popular organizations are Active Minds, Colleges Against Cancer, Black Student Association, Exercise & Sport Science Club, Global Learning Organization (GLO), Katies Entrepreneur Organization, Medical Interest Group (MIG), Muslim Student Association (MSA), and Pi Sigma Epsilon (Business Club).
St. Kate’s calendar is packed up with amazing activities and events such as parties, poetry readings, lectures, gallery exhibits, and comedy nights. Most of these events are planned and organized by the students. Some of the popular campus events include Dew Drop Bop, Katwalk, International Potluck, Charity Ball, Women of Substance series, Swing dancing, and so on.
Media and Publications:
Ariston is the annual publication of student art and literary work. It features poems, short stories and artwork selected by a jury of peers.
The Wheel is the voice of students on campus, distributed to the community every other Friday.
St. Catherine University is more like a community, with over 90% of the students living on the campus. The residence halls are well equipped with modern amenities for the convenience of the students. The amenities include kitchens, laundry facilities, computer labs, and lounges. The rooms, apartments and suites are well furnished to present a comfortable living. Some of the residence halls are Crandall Hall, St. Mary Hall, Stanton Hall, Caecilian Hall, Susan Schmid Morrison Hall, Henrietta Schmoll Rauenhorst Hall, Whitby Hall, Sister Alberta Huber Apartments, and Sister Georgia Morrison Apartments.
St. Kate’s campus offers an amazing choice for foods. The dining program includes signature brands and menu selections. Some of the popular dining options situated within the campus are The Dining Room, Minneapolis Deli, Marketplace Convenience Store, and The Pulse.
St. Kate’s is committed to creating and providing accessible and wide-ranging learning environments for all. The staff collaborates with the students with documented disabilities to guarantee full access to educational benefits. This may includes alternative testing arrangements, note taking arrangements, assistive technology, and ASL interpreters.
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St. Catherine University’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams that participate in sports such as basketball, volleyball, softball, hockey, tennis, cross country, hockey, and golf. St. Kate’s is a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Conference, NCAA Division III. The athletic teams are nicknamed as the Wildcats. The colors are Purple and Gold. Some of the athletic facilities available at the campus are Butler Sports Center, Gym, Pool, Tennis Courts, Soccer and Softball Field.
Recreational or intramural sports also form an important part of the campus life. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to participate in the diverse recreational sports such as volleyball, rock climbing, water polo, and pick-up basketball.
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