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 for adult learners whose educational needs and expectations are often different from traditional 18-to-22-year-old students. 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.

Many of our students have some prior college experience. The part-time program allows them to complete their four-year degree while continuing to advance in their career, raise a family or follow other life pursuits. Other students are starting college for the first time because they want to launch a new career, advance their career or change careers altogether.

Whatever your aspirations, St. Catherine's Evening/Weekend/Online program will advance your career and your life.   

Flexible and Convenient

Our courses are offered primarily on a hybrid schedule, which combines the best of classroom and online learning. A typical 15-week class meets face-to-face once per week, alternating with online work the next week. On-site class sessions are taught on St. Catherine's historic St. Paul campus, accessible from major freeways. The campus is beautiful, vibrant and safe, with convenient surface parking.

The online component of our courses allow you to learn at your convenience, 24/7. So whether you're a working professional, a mother, a nonprofit volunteer -- or all three -- St. Kate's can help you achieve your dream of a four-year degree. 

Advance or Change Your Career

The Evening/Weekend/Online program integrates the breadth and strength of the liberal arts with the professional skills that today's fast-changing global economy demands. Our faculty members and career advisors can 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 our faculty, academic advisors, career counselors and others to get to know you -- and provide the support and strategic guidance you need. That's important if you've been away from the classroom for a while or have never attended college.

Educating women to lead and influence is a hallmark of St. Kate's. We understand the vital role that collaboration and communal support play in helping you achieve your goals. 

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, with tuition payments tailored to your budget.

As you compare costs with other colleges and universities, remember that St. Kate's support and convenient class scheduling will help you graduate in a timely way. That saves tuition costs and increases your earnings potential.

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.