When you choose St. Catherine University for your international study experience, you join women from across the United States and around the world who were drawn to the university for its reputation for academic excellence, our emphasis on leadership, and our friendly, supportive campus environment.
St. Kate’s is the largest, most innovative university for women in the United States. With a wide variety of undergraduate courses to choose from, you’ll find classes that stimulate and challenge you in more than 100 fields of study.
In addition to the varied coursework, St. Kate’s offers small classes and personal attention, as well as expanded opportunities for research and dual-degree programs, and the opportunity to take graduate-level classes.
St. Kate’s integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic tradition, teaching you to think critically and creatively, solve problems, and communicate effectively. A liberal arts education gives you a solid foundation of learning and skills that are useful in any career or graduate field of study.
Pursuing a bachelor’s degree typically requires four years of study. You can expect to take 50 percent of your coursework in your major field of study, and the other 50 percent of your coursework will cover a broad range of subjects, such as philosophy, history, literature and sciences. These core liberal arts courses will help you develop into a well-rounded and ethical leader.
Earning a master’s degree usually requires an additional two to three years of focused study in your chosen subject area.
A complete university experience includes activities outside the classroom. Find opportunities to engage with faculty and students while developing into a leader through clubs, events, activities and more.
We operate on a two-semester system. The first semester runs from September through December and the second from February through May. We also offer a limited number of classes during the summer.
Conditional admission is available to international students at the bachelor's level who need time to improve their English language skills before starting a degree program. The international admission office can provide you with more information.
St. Kate’s welcomes and encourages applications from international students by offering several scholarships, international financial aid, student employment opportunities and more. See the section below titled Financial Aid Forms for details.
Ready to apply? Be sure to complete the application process 6-9 months (or earlier) before you want to begin studying at St. Catherine University. This will allow plenty of time for obtaining international documentation. Once all the required documents have been received, the University can review your application for admission. Please note:
1. Send one letter of recommendation. This letter should be written by someone who has known you in an academic context. For scholarship consideration, we recommend that you submit at least two letters of recommendation. Please ask the person(s) writing your recommendation letter(s) to address your abilities as a student, your extracurricular activities and academic accomplishments.
2. Complete a personal statement of 300-500 words. Choose either Topic A or Topic B.
Please write an essay in English addressing two of the following points:
Please write an essay in English in the form of an imaginary letter to your American roommate. Please address two of the following points:
3. Mail all materials to:
St. Catherine University
Office of International Admission F-29
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1794 USA
Applicants for whom English is not their native language must provide an assessment of their English language ability. Applicants are not required to take each of the exams listed, but must meet the minimum requirement in at least one. The following are the minimum required scores to establish sufficient English language ability for bachelor’s level programs:
All students are required to complete and submit the Certificate of Finances form, which requires verification of finances with a bank statement or other financial documentation (no older than 6 months). The U.S. government requires all applicants to provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses before the University can issue necessary forms to obtain a visa. If you would like to be considered for scholarships, you must also complete the International Student Financial Aid Application.
If you are an international student who has already started taking university-level classes, these instructions will help you transfer credits toward a degree from St. Catherine University.