Are you torn between going to an all-male/all-female school versus a coed institution? Maybe you want to go to a single-gender school for less distraction from the opposite sex or for more personalized attention. On the other hand, going to a coed school affords many socialization opportunities in addition to real-world experience of working with the opposite sex in the classroom.
There are many arguments for and against both concepts, but there are two schools in Minnesota that provide the best of both worlds: the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. These are two single-gender schools that reside side by side in two neighboring towns, St. Joseph and Collegeville, both roughly 90 miles outside of Minnesota’s Twin Cities (St. Paul and Minneapolis).
Here are 4 things to know about these schools:
1. College of Saint Benedict is for women, Saint John’s for men. Each school has around 2,000 undergrads.
2. The campuses are roughly three and a half miles apart. But there’s a bus system that links the two campuses.
3. You can attend classes and use facilities on both campuses. So you basically get two of everything!
4. Both have the social benefits of coed schools. Even though St. Ben’s and St. John’s are single-gender schools, there’s no need to worry about meeting the opposite sex since both schools are so close to each other!
Do either of these schools sound right for you? To learn more, check out reviews, photos, and videos in our College Prowler guides to College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. Happy college hunting!