St Catherine University

Saint Paul, MN 55105

St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) is a private liberal arts university in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It was founded in 1905 as one of the first higher learning schools for women in the Midwest. The university now offers undergraduate programs for women and graduate-level programs for men and women, with nearly 5,000 students enrolled each year. St. Kate’s also ranked 11th for regional universities in the Midwest in 2018. In 1985, St. Kate’s acquired St. Mary’s Junior College, which was established in 1887 as St. Mary’s School of Nursing at St. Mary’s Hospital. The average class is 18 for traditional programs, while the university maintains a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio. 

There are seven nursing programs at St. Catherine University. Undergrads may apply to the traditional BSN, RN to BSN, or accelerated BSN program. There are also two Associate degree programs, including a standard ADN and an LPN to ADN program. The university also offers courses for students wanting to obtain an MSN or DNP. These programs are accredited by both the ACEN and the CCNE. The undergrad programs are open to women, while both sexes may apply to the graduate-level programs. The university has partnerships with 900 different clinical training sites, giving students plenty of hands-on experience during their final semesters in the nursing program. 


Campus LocaleLarge City
Campus SizeSmall
Student to Faculty Ratio10:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate81%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 10 74
Bachelor's degree 11 213
Master's degree 0 13
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 8

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1916 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1972 - Current
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
03/01/1993 - Current
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
03/01/1993 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
06/11/2015 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1040 to 1310
ACT20 to 26
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,011/credit
In State Students$1,011/credit
Out of State Students$1,011/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$904/credit
In State Students$904/credit
Out of State Students$904/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $45,495 $45,495 $45,495
ADN 70 $70,770 $70,770 $70,770
BSN 125 $126,375 $126,375 $126,375
FNP 50 $45,200 $45,200 $45,200
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of St Catherine University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 51% $4,690
Other Federal Grant 17% $1,634
State Grant & Scholarships 55% $4,994
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 99% $21,308
Federal Student Loans 76% $6,169
Private Loans 9% $12,392


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$16,187
$30,001 to $48,000$17,659
$48,001 to $75,000$19,311
$75,001 to $110,000$24,079
Over $110,000$25,594

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Minnesota state board of nursing.

St Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105

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