The College of St. Scholastica

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College of St. Scholastica
Scholastica logo.png
Established 1912
Type Private
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Benedictine)
Endowment $54.5 million (2013)[1]
President Dr. Larry Goodwin
Students 4,144 (2012)
Undergraduates 2,877
Postgraduates 1,137
Location Duluth, Minnesota, USA
46°48′58″N 92°06′22″W / 46.81612°N 92.10624°W / 46.81612; -92.10624Coordinates: 46°48′58″N 92°06′22″W / 46.81612°N 92.10624°W / 46.81612; -92.10624
Campus Suburban: 186 acres (75 ha)
Colors Royal Blue and Gold          
Athletics NCAA Division IIIUMAC, NCHA, CCSA
Sports 20 varsity teams
(10 men's & 10 women's)
Nickname Saints
Mascot Storm the Saint Bernard
Affiliations ACCU[2]
Tower Hall
St. Scholastica Monastery
Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel

The College of Saint Scholastica is a private college with its main campus located in Duluth, Minnesota, United States. Today St. Scholastica educates more than 4,000 students annually and has graduated more than 13,000 alumni.

U.S. News & World Report ranks St. Scholastica in the Top Tier of regional universities in the Midwest.[3]


The college was founded in 1912 by a group of pioneering Benedictine Sisters who offered college courses to six young women. In 1969 it became a fully coeducational institution. It marked its "Centennial" on September 10, 2012.


In addition to the main campus in Duluth, St. Scholastica also has sites in Brainerd, St. Cloud, Rochester, St. Paul, and a virtual campus.

The Duluth campus is home to most undergraduate students. The 186-acre campus is set on a hill overlooking Lake Superior. Campus buildings include: Tower Hall, the Science Center, Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, the Myles Reif Recreation Center, Burns Wellness Commons, the 500-seat Mitchell Auditorium, the College Library, the St. Scholastica Theatre, Somers Residence Hall and seven apartment complexes.

The College Library is located above the Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel on campus. It was built in 1938 in a Romanesque style.[4] The library houses 152,843 volumes[5] and offers wireless internet access, interlibrary loan, group study rooms, laptops for students to check out, research databases, and research help.[6]

Adjoining the campus are St. Scholastica Monastery, home of the Benedictine Sisters, and the Benedictine Health Center, which serves the needs of the Duluth area and provides opportunities for practical experience for many of the College's health science and behavioral arts and sciences students. St. Scholastica has a 13:1 student-to-teacher ratio and 20 intercollegiate athletics programs.

In September 2012, the College of St. Scholastica opened a new 40,000 square-foot wing to the college's existing 125,000 square-foot Science Center. The addition includes 7 laboratories for chemistry and biochemistry, 6 faculty-undergraduate student research areas, 2 classrooms for pre-laboratory meetings and general class use, faculty offices, an atrium-style gathering area, a greenhouse, state-of-the-art environmental and sustainable technologies throughout, including for storage of chemicals and treatment of hazardous waste.

Organization and administration[edit]

As a Benedictine institution, the college remains affiliated to the Order of Saint Benedict. Its endowment stands at $49 million.

Academic profile[edit]

The college awards bachelor's and master's degrees, and two doctoral degrees (Doctor of Physical Therapy and the Doctor of Nursing Practice). Undergraduate areas of study include accounting, advertising, art, biology, biochemistry, business, chemistry, computer science, education, English, history, language and international studies, mathematics, management, marketing, nursing and other health-related majors (Exercise Physiology, Health Information Management, Physical Therapy, etc.), Ojibwe studies, religious studies, psychology, public relations, social work, and sociology. Graduate programs offered include Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Physical Therapy, M.S. in Athletic Training, M.S. in Education Media and Technology, Master of Education, M.A. in Information Technology Leadership, M.S. in Exercise Physiology, M.S. in Health Information Management, Master of Business Administration, M.A. in Management, M.S. in Occupational Therapy, and M.S. in Nursing.

St. Scholastica features a program called "Dignitas" (Dignity), which all first-year students take part in. The program’s goals are that participants will accept and value the challenges and responsibilities involved in being a first-year college student, reflect on issues from various perspectives, and make connections with the larger community. A combination of intellectually challenging course material, co-curricular activities, and common experiences lays the groundwork—sets the context—for four years of successful learning at the College and lifelong learning beyond.

Student life[edit]

St. Scholastica houses students living on campus in ten buildings. They are:

  • Cedar Hall Apartments – Opened in 2004. 100 residents. Total square footage 875 sq ft (81.3 m2). / unit.
  • Grove Apartments – Built in 1972. Three separate one-story four-plex buildings, originally built as temporary housing. Total square footage 776 sq ft/unit.
  • Kerst Hall – Opened in 2005. 160 students (juniors and seniors). Total square footage 875 sq ft/unit.
  • Pine, Maple, Willow and Birch Apartments – Nearly identical. Built in 1973, 1989, 1989, and 1990 respectively. 43 residents each. Total square footage 716 sq ft/unit.
  • Scanlon Hall – Opened in 2005. 128 residents (juniors and seniors). Total square footage 875 sq ft/unit.
  • Somers Hall – Built in 1964. Primarily first year housing. Population 314 students. Building also houses the Greenview Dining Room, Somers Main Lounge, Office of Residential Life, Health Services, Campus Operator, and a penthouse lounge / study area. The first and third floor are assigned to female students and second to males. Dorms measure 9'3" x 17'4" (double room) and 6'5" x 17'4" (single-room).
  • Somers Suites – Built in 1993. Connected to Somers Hall. Four floors. Suites have a square footage of 525 sq ft (48.8 m2). (2 bedroom) or 775 sq ft (72.0 m2). (3 bedroom).


The College of St. Scholastica fields 20 athletic teams, including 10 women's (basketball, cross country, Nordic skiing, soccer, softball, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, hockey, tennis and volleyball) and 10 men's teams (basketball, cross country, Nordic skiing, soccer, baseball, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, hockey, football and tennis). The college's athletic teams are called the Saints. All of teams, except ice hockey and Nordic skiing, compete in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference which is part of the NCAA's Division III.

Men's Soccer[edit]

The St. Scholastica Men's Soccer team compete in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) led by Head Coach Barry Chastey. The Saints men's soccer team have been UMAC Regular Season Champions 11 times, including winning the UMAC tournament a total of 9 times. The Saints also made their first appearance at the NCAA National Soccer Tournament in the 2010 season as well as winning the UMAC regular season and the UMAC tournament. Their Home games are played at the Saints Field located on campus.


The Saints have won 18 straight Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) regular season and post-season titles from 1996 to 2014. The baseball team plays their home games in Wade Stadium, which is also the home of the Duluth Huskies of the Northwoods League. The Saints have quite a following on campus which spurned a St. Scholastica Baseball fan blog detailing each Saints Baseball season as it progresses.

Ice Hockey[edit]

The Saints' men's hockey team playing a road game in Eau Claire.

The men's hockey team competes in NCAA Division III as part of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA). The 2006-07 season was a special season for the Saints as they defeated the University of Wisconsin–Superior two games to one in the opening round of the NCHA Tournament and then defeated the University of Wisconsin–River Falls by the score of 2-1 in the NCHA Semifinals to advance to their first NCHA Championship Game in school history. The Saints are led by Third Year Head Coach Mark Wick, a graduate from Hermantown High School and St. Scholastica in 1985. Home games are played at Mars-Lakeview Arena, located south of the college on Rice Lake Road, which has an ice surface of 200x85 and can hold up to 1,200 people. The hockey team began playing at Mars-Lakeview Arena in 1999. Before 1999, the team played their home games at the Superior Amateur Hockey Arena, which is commonly known as SAHA arena, located in Superior, Wisconsin. Before becoming part of the NCAA, the hockey team participated in the NAIA until the NAIA dropped ice hockey as a sport in 1984. Before the NAIA dropped ice hockey as a sport, the Saints won two NAIA national ice hockey championships in 1975 and 1977.

Men's Tennis[edit]

The St. Scholastica Men's Tennis team is led by 13-year head coach Rockwell Patten. Coach Patten came to St. Scholastica after playing tennis at his alma mater University of Minnesota-Duluth. Coach Patten resides in Duluth, Minnesota with his wife and two sons. The team is also benefiting from the return of assistant coach Pat Greehan, a Boston native. Colby Carlson, a California native, has also joined the coaching staff for the 2008 season.


The College of St. Scholastica added a football team in 2008. In the 2008–2009 season, the team managed to win one game.

They finished their second season 4-6, including a Homecoming win over Minnesota-Morris.[7] The 2009 Saints featured 10 all-conference players—3 first team and 7 second team—including UMAC North Division Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Christopher Henagin, who gained the fifth most all-purpose yards per game in Division III.[8][9]

In 2010 the Saints finished 7-3, their 5-2 conference record good for second place in the UMAC. In 2011 they compiled a perfect 10-0 regular season record, earning the UMAC's first automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs before losing in the first round to eventual national semifinalist St. Thomas.[10]

Cross Country[edit]

Dr. Steve Pfingsten enters his 20th season of coaching cross country at The College of St. Scholastica.[when?] He has been the head coach for 18 years. Under the guidance of Coach Pfingsten, six teams and 16 individuals have competed in National Cross Country Championships. The Saints have won nine UMAC conference championships in the past eight years, earning a total of 81 All-Conference awards and seven individual championships. Coach Pfingsten has been named conference coach of the year eight times. Coach Pfingsten’s Christian faith is very important to him and is reflected in his approach to life and coaching.

Desiree Budd finished 2nd at the 2001 NAIA National Championship Meet, a meet in which the women's team placed 17th overall. Budd placed 4th overall in her 2002 senior season, and the women finished 14th overall.

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