In 1917, St. Catherine earned full accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In fall 1937, St. Kate’s became the first Catholic college or university in the United States, and the third Minnesota institution, to be awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. As the nation’s oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honors organization, Phi Beta Kappa recognizes achievement in the liberal arts.
The University’s commitment to academic excellence is grounded in the legacy of our founders and exemplified by programs like the Antonian Scholars and Collaborative Undergraduate Research.
Named for Mother Antonia McHugh, students in the Antonian Scholars Honors Program exhibit exceptional academic performance and show promise as leaders and creative thinkers. Antonian Scholars participate in interdisciplinary seminar classes and complete an independent study based on an interest or passion. Creativity and academic learning converge in this unique program.
Through Collaborative Undergraduate Research, students engage in meaningful, in-depth work alongside faculty. Student-faculty teams have presented their scholarship at regional, national and international conferences and have been published in peer-reviewed journals. All students who participate in collaborative research are encouraged to submit their work to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The average national acceptance rate for NCUR over the last five years is approximately 82%. St. Kate’s acceptance rate is 96%.
Each spring, the University community celebrates the achievements of its students with the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony. In addition to internal honors, St. Catherine hosts chapters of 23 national honor societies across a broad range of disciplines. At St. Kate’s, we understand the vital role that collaboration and communal support plays in our students’ success.