Smart See, Smart Do: St. Catherine University

Mendel Hall, St. Catherine University, St. Kate, all women's college, STEM

Affectionately called "St. Kate's" by students, St. Catherine University boasts one of the largest all-women undergraduate programs in the nation. When you visit St. Kate's, take a moment to take in the significance surrounding the history of Mendel Hall, the university science building.

Constructed in 1927, it's the building that almost did not get built. Back then, constructing a building dedicated exclusively to the study of science at an all-women's college was considered a very radical idea. Yet, Sister Antonia McHugh, first president and dean of the university persevered. She not only fought “city hall” to prevent the city of St. Paul from putting a road right through the campus, she also obtained a $100,000 grant to fund construction.

The front door to Mendal looks out onto Prior Avenue. It's said that Sister McHugh enjoyed seeing all the buggies turning around her campus. Today, St. Kate's continues to be a contained campus (no city streets run through the university) right in the heart of St. Paul.

Also noteworthy:

  • Since June 2006, more than 70 students have been named National Science Foundation STEM Scholars and have been awarded more than $275,000 in scholarships.
  • Biology ranks third among “most popular majors” and about ten percent of undergraduate students pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathemathics (STEM) fields.

You're invited to visit St. Catherine University at either campus location:

St. Paul Campus
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 690-6000
(800) 945-4599
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Minneapolis Campus
601 25th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(651) 690-7700
(800) 945-4599
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