St. Catherine University

St. Paul, MN

St. Catherine University

Company Overview

We educate at all degree levels through valuing and integrating the liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic intellectual tradition, emphasizing scholarly inquiry and social justice teaching as lived by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

We welcome a rich diversity of students, with a baccalaureate college for women at the heart of the university and graduate and adult colleges for women and men. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine University develops leaders who act with integrity.


The Minneapolis campus was founded in 1887 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet as St. Mary s School of Nursing, later named St. Mary s Junior College. In 1986, St. Mary s Junior College merged with what was then called the College of St. Catherine. This connection to St. Mary s School of Nursing makes St. Catherine the oldest healthcare educator in Minnesota.

St. Kate s strengthened its commitment to excellence in healthcare education in September 2007 with the launch of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health. The School s ambitious mission aims to reshape the education of healthcare professionals at all degree levels.

St. Catherine University became Minnesota's newest university on June 1, 2009. The change reflected St. Kate s transformation into the comprehensive institution it is today with four schools and three colleges and our vision to move from a regional presence to national and international pre-eminence. In the thirty years leading up to the change enrollment more than doubled, from just over 2,000 students at the baccalaureate level, to nearly 5,000 students in programs ranging from associate to doctoral.

Throughout our history, the fundamental platform on which St. Kate's was built our mission, our heritage and our reputation for academic excellence remains.

University Leadership

In its deepest sense, the educational work of the University reflects the central value of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The mission of the University and of the Sisters inspires those who work, teach, and live at the University; provides a clear framework for institutional planning and decision making; and serves as a guiding compass during times of opportunity, challenge or uncertainty.