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Saint Johns University

Collegeville, MN
Saint John's University, in central Minnesota, is a Catholic school for men that partners with a nearby women's school, College of Saint Benedict. "Bennies" – students at the women's college – and "Johnnies" share academic programs and have access to resources on both campuses. The school's more than 1,600 undergrads are of all religions, but most of them are Catholic. Popular options among the school's 37 majors and roughly 40 minors include global business leadership, biology and accounting. Cheering on the Division III football team is a highlight of the campus experience. The school's former beloved coach, John Gagliardi, won more football games than any other college coach. Other fun traditions include the Fruit at the Finish Triathlon and an annual Maple Syrup Festival. With a campus surrounded by forests and lakes, outdoor recreational activities are also popular. First-year students live in one of two residence halls on campus, and students can opt to participate in a living-learning community that combines residential life with educational engagement. Students praise the school's commitment to teaching the Catholic faith and to providing a community within the church. A decade after starting college, federal data shows alumni have median salaries that top $68,000. That’s well above the salary predicted based on the college’s student body, Money finds.


Est. full price 2022-2023
% of students who get any grants
Est. price for students who receive aid
Average price for low-income students


Acceptance rate
Median SAT/ACT score
SAT/ACT required?
Undergraduate enrollment

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
% of need met
% of students who get merit grants
Average merit grant

Student Success

Graduation rate
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Median student debt
Early career earnings
% earning more than a high school grad

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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