Admissions and Visiting Campus
Application and admissions processes will continue. Prospective students will still be able to apply for admission, move through the admission process, and receive admissions decisions from the University. Our admission team, and the rest of the University, remains as committed as ever to maintaining high levels of service to prospective students as they plan their future at St. Kate's in 2021 and beyond. To connect with your admission counselor, visit our Admission and Aid page.
We offer several ways to learn about St. Kate's virtually, or to safely visit campus in person. Options include individual campus tours, visits with your admission counselor, phone appointments, and online events. Before visiting campus, all visitors must complete a Visitor Health Screening Checklist.
Access to Buildings and Common Spaces
As outlined in the Preparedness Plan, all buildings will remain locked, and students, faculty and staff must use their University ID card to access buildings.
Common spaces on campus will have limited access to encourage social distancing. Signs will be posted indicating hours of access and maximum capacity.
- CdC common spaces
- Common spaces will have limited seating to encourage social distancing.
- Study rooms in CdC, Whitby, and the Library will be available by reservation only for individual use.
- Our Lady of Victory Chapel will re-open for weekly Mass, weddings, and funerals, adhering to the directives listed here.
- The Butler Center is currently open to resident students and student athletes.
The Library will be open for limited use and hours. Research assistance, library instruction, and consultations will be available online. A research librarian will be available to students in each course. The book and periodical stacks are closed, but faculty, staff, and students may request materials for check out; library staff will pull the materials from the stacks and provide them to patrons using a no-contact pick-up system. Physical reserves will not be available; library staff will assist with exploring e-reserve options.
University Event Statuses
The University will continue to follow Minnesota’s guidelines for events and gatherings, as well as additional guidelines from the Safely Returning to Campus Committee.
- The University will not host any outside events from external organizations.
- Internal events will be evaluated individually, with priority to groups with academic needs. Internal community events for students, faculty, and staff will abide by group sizes and social distancing requirements.
- The Chapel will be open for weddings, funerals, and religious services per MDH guidelines. It will not be open for general use.
Based on the current public health guidelines for Minnesota and public events, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Commencement ceremonies until May 2021. The University heard from many members of the Class of 2020 that postponing our Commencement celebration was preferred to canceling or hosting a virtual celebration, and we want to honor this request.
There will be no December 2020 Commencement ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed, and December 2020 graduates will be included in the May 2021 Commencement, as will our May 2020 graduates.
Events at The O’Shaughnessy
All events at The O'Shaughnessy have been canceled through January 2021. Information regarding future programming will be posted on The O'Shaughnessy website when it becomes available. Please contact The O'Shaughnessy at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.