Why St. Kate's?



Why St. Kate's?

A Pioneer and Leader in Adult Education for Women

The St. Catherine Evening/Weekend/Online program is flexible and convenient, designed specifically for adult learners. St. Kate's founded the program in 1979 as Weekend College — one of the first in the nation designed for busy women who wanted to finish their degrees.

Like many of our students, you may have some prior college experience. St. Kate's will recognize your prior credits to get you closer to where you need to go. Flexible scheduling means you can complete your bachelor's while starting, advancing or changing your career; raising a family or following other pursuits. 

Flexible and Convenient

You'll take courses on a "hybrid" schedule, combining the best of face-to-face and online learning. A typical 15-week class meets once per week on evenings or weekends in St. Paul, with online in between sessions. The St. Paul campus is beautiful, vibrant and safe, with convenient surface parking. Find out more about Evening/Weekend/Online course scheduling.

Advance or Change Your Career

The Evening/Weekend/Online program integrates liberal arts learning employers are asking for — critical thinking, communication, decision-making and teamwork — with the professional skills you need to succeed in today's economy. Faculty members and career advisers will help you strategize about your career and find internships that fit your busy schedule. Whether you want to advance at work or change your path, we can help you get there.

Support and Collaboration

Our average class size is 15 students, allowing faculty and other adult students to get to know you — and provide the support and guidance you need. But support for adult learners doesn't end in the classroom. St. Kate's offers you dedicated academic advisers, career counseling, support services for adult students, admission counseling just for adult students, writing and math support — and more.

​Affordable quality

Don't assume a St. Catherine education is beyond your reach. Our admissions and financial aid counselors will help you see how affordable this first-rate private university can be. The tuition rate for Evening/Weekend/Online bachelor's is less than half that charged in the St. Kate's traditional "Day" bachelor's program, and most students receive some form of financial aid. Find out more about tuition and financial aid.

We'll help you reduce your costs further by transferring in your previous college credits.

As you consider your costs, remember the value of St. Kate's highly supportive adult learning environment — and the long-term value of St. Kate's name on your resume. 

Academic Excellence

Rigorous academics, taught by a first-rate faculty, have been at the heart of St. Catherine since its founding in 1905. St. Kate's is one of only two Catholic universities in Minnesota with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Overall, St. Catherine hosts chapters of 23 national honor societies. The University is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Strong Reputation

For more than a century, St. Catherine has built a strong, national reputation as a leading private college for women. Now it's known as a regionally recognized mid-sized University that educates men, too, in graduate and associate degree programs.

Graduates of the Evening/Weekend/Online program are employed at 3M, Cargill, Target, Ecolab, Seagate Technology, Mayo Clinic, Fairview Health Services and others. Some of our alumnae go on to graduate or professional school at the University of Minnesota, William Mitchell College of Law, the University of Chicago and even Harvard.

Values, Ethics and Social Justice

St. Catherine's long-standing commitments to ethics, values and social justice will enrich your college experience. St. Kate's is grounded in the traditions of Catholic intellectual inquiry and welcomes students from all faith and religious backgrounds. As you learn, you'll develop a deeper understanding of your core values, ethical choices and the implications of your actions. You'll place events in larger historical and global contexts.

And you'll gain insights into how you can succeed by doing well and doing good.