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Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog: 2003-2005

Introduction to the College

Mission, Vision, Purposes, and Learning Outcomes
Our Identity
Extended Minnesota Sites

Mission, Vision, Purposes, and Learning Outcomes


Shaped by the Catholic Benedictine heritage, The College of St. Scholastica provides intellectual and moral preparation for responsible living and meaningful work.


The College of St. Scholastica will be widely regarded as an academic community grounded in the rich Benedictine heritage, and sending forth thoughtful leaders, sharpened and sensitized by the liberal arts, who are committed to serve and to transform the world.


  Foster an environment in which students, staff, and faculty will be inspired with the Benedictine values expressed in community, hospitality, respect, stewardship, and love of learning.

  Stimulate a zest for lifelong learning by supporting the general education goals of critical thinking, intellectual integrity, aesthetic appreciation, and intellectual curiosity.

  Prepare students, through undergraduate and graduate programs, for responsible leadership in professional positions and/or advanced studies.

  Provide programs for traditional and nontraditional students to meet community needs.

  Lead public interfaith discussions of ethics and peace and justice issues in the tradition of our Catholic Benedictine intellectual heritage.

  Ensure continued access to a faith-based institution of higher learning through proper stewardship of human and focal resources.

Learning Outcomes

Problem solving, value based decision making, social responsibility, effective communication, the aesthetic response, living with diversity, mastery of content within a specific discipline, understanding of the disciplinary connections between the liberal arts and sciences and the major field of study and preparedness for lifelong learning.

Our Identity

The College of St. Scholastica is the only independent college in northeastern Minnesota.

The College was founded in 1912 by a group of pioneering Benedictine Sisters who offered college courses to six young women. Today St. Scholastica educates over 2,000 men and women and has graduated more than 10,000 alumni.

The 160-acre campus is on a ridge overlooking Lake Superior. Campus buildings include: the recently expanded Science Center, Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, the Myles Reif Recreation Center, the 500-seat Mitchell Auditorium, the College Library, the St. Scholastica Theatre, majestic Tower Hall, the Student Union, Somers Residence Hall and five apartment complexes.

Adjoining the campus are St. Scholastica Monastery, home of the Benedictine Sisters, Westwood and the Benedictine Health Center, a continuous care facility for seniors. These facilities serve the needs of the Duluth area and provide opportunities for practical experience for many of the College's health science and behavioral arts and sciences students.

The College's small, friendly community enables students to participate successfully in academics and extracurricular and recreational activities. A 13:1 student-to-teacher ratio permits students to seek individualized help and encouragement.

National surveys have repeatedly recognized the College for academic excellence and value. In its most recent "America's Best Colleges" rankings, U.S. News & World Report places St. Scholastica in the "Top Tier" of Middle American universities.


Mid-America's gateway to the sea, Duluth's Lake Superior harbor hosts ships from dozens of nations each year. The Lake Superior Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is within two hours driving distance, as is Lake Superior's Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Duluthians enjoy the beauty and sport of four seasons. In close proximity to the College are beaches, biking and jogging trails, ski resorts, cross-country ski trails, boating and fishing sites and rinks for skating, curling and hockey. Duluth offers a wide variety of cultural activities as well. The city's entertainment and convention center hosts a long list of popular entertainers every year. The Minnesota Ballet, Duluth Playhouse and Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra provide exciting year-round seasons, as well as opportunities to perform. Glensheen, a 39-room neo-Jacobean style mansion built on the Lake Superior shore, the Heritage and Arts Center and the Marine Museum at Canal Park highlight Duluth's many historical attractions. The Duluth Dukes professional baseball team competes at Wade Stadium. The city is a regional medical center and offers a wide variety of shopping in several malls and in many specialty shops.

Duluth's low crime rate, high quality of life and extraordinary natural beauty frequently earn it high rankings in national "best places to live" surveys.

Extended Minnesota Sites

The College of St. Scholastica, through its Extended Studies Division, currently offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in Brainerd, St. Cloud, and St. Paul, Minnesota. Each extended site offers comfortable classroom environments with up to date technology, nearby parking, and on site staff to assist with student needs.

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