St. Norbert College

St. Norbert College (SNC) is a private Catholic liberal arts college in De Pere, Wisconsin. Founded in October 1898 by Abbot Bernard Pennings, a Norbertine priest and educator, the school was named after Saint Norbert of Xanten. In 1952, the college became coeducational.[3] The school currently enrolls about 2,180 students.

St. Norbert College
St. Norbert College seal
Motto"Docere Verbo et Exemplo"
Motto in English
"To teach by word and example"
TypePrivate liberal arts college
AffiliationRoman Catholic
(Premonstratensian Order)
EndowmentUS $109.2 million (2017)[1]
PresidentBrian Bruess
Academic staff
133 full-time, 69 part-time
Location, ,
ColorsGreen and Gold
AthleticsNCAA Division IIIMidwest Conference
NicknameGreen Knights
St. Norbert College logo


St. Norbert College was established when Abbot Bernard Pennings, a Dutch immigrant priest from the Premonstratensian Berne Abbey of Heeswijk, the Netherlands, founded the college to train young men for the priesthood. Frances I. Van Dyke, a seminarian, was the first and, at the time, the only student. St. Norbert is the first and only institution of higher learning in the world sponsored by the Premonstratensian order. Abbot Pennings later started a commerce program at the college for lay students before retiring in 1955.

St. Norbert's second president, the Rev. Dennis Burke, expanded the college, anticipating the student population would eventually reach 2,000. Robert Christin, who became president in 1968, implemented the current course system and the academic divisional structure. In 1973, Neil Webb, a former faculty member and vice president, became president. Webb established the first permanent endowment for the school. Serving as the college's president from 1983 to 2000, Thomas Manion led the expansion of facilities and the development of additional academic programs. Enrollment topped 2,000. Thomas Kunkel, former dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, became the seventh president of the college in 2008. Since then, the college has constructed the Mulva Family Fitness & Sports Center, the Gehl-Mulva Science Center, the Cassandra Voss Center, Michels Commons, Schneider Stadium, the Mulva Library, Gries Hall, Ariens Family Welcome Center and Todd Wehr Hall. Brian J. Bruess, a 1990 graduate of St. Norbert College and former executive vice president and chief operating officer of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., became president in 2017.[4]


St. Norbert College offers undergraduate programs in more than 40 areas of study, leading to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Business Administration degree. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is also offered through a joint effort with the Bellin College of Nursing. The most popular undergraduate majors are Business Administration, Teacher-Education, and Communication.[5] In addition to its undergraduate offerings, St. Norbert College offers three masters-level graduate programs in business administration, theological studies and liberal studies. The Master of Theological Studies department hosts a branch program in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Program studies take place at the Norbertine Abbey of Santa Maria de la Vid in Albuquerque. Students on that campus can earn the full MTS degree. In the fall of 2015, the college began offering an MBA program through its new Donald J. Schneider School of Business & Economics.[6] The Medical College of Wisconsin's Green Bay campus, which serves the northeast Wisconsin region, is located in the new Gehl-Mulva Science Center at St. Norbert.[7]

St. Norbert College has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13.5:1 and an average class size of 20. Regardless of their major, students enrolled at St. Norbert College complete a 12-course (48 credit) Core Curriculum Program that emphasizes writing and the liberal arts. The school places an emphasis on its honors program, student-faculty collaborative research (as early as freshman and sophomore years), professional internships and study abroad.

Since 1991, St. Norbert was ranked as one of the top five comprehensive (bachelor's-level) colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.[8] In 2008, St. Norbert moved into the national liberal arts colleges category and is now ranked 127th of the 264 schools in the nationwide category.[9] The college is also listed among the "Best in the Midwest" by the Princeton Review,[10] and is ranked 113th out of 650 by Forbes on their list of America's Best Colleges.[11]

Mulva Library provides digital and in-person reference services; hosts the Digital Commons, an institutional repository of documents, media, and other materials online;[12]and provides a makerspace with technologies for the academic community.[13] It is the home of the Center for Norbertine Studies, the international center of research on the Premonstratensians and Norbertines.[14] The library also holds the college archives.[15]


The campus consists of 111 acres (45 ha), much of which borders the Fox River. Students typically walk to classes, even in the winter. The many trees and statues on campus provide a scenic view, especially in fall, when the foliage changes colors. Directly behind the Campus Center is a pavilion and marina where St. Norbert hosts a picnic for students to kick off the school year. This shoreline area is also the venue for a free summer concert series, open to the community.

Important social buildings include the Ray Van Den Heuvel Family Campus Center (Campus Center), which includes a fitness center, gymnasium, and diner (Phil’s Diner) and a reading lounge with a picturesque view overlooking the Fox River. There is also an events hall for movies and public speakers. Special events put on by student groups are also held there, such as comedian appearances and awareness speeches.

Old St. Joseph's Church contains a statue/shrine of Saint Joseph that was crowned by Pope Leo XIII in 1891. Novena devotions are held on Wednesday.

Student life

Fr. Eugene E. Gries, O.Praem., Hall
Fr. Eugene E. Gries, O.Praem., Hall

More than 75% of students live on campus in residence halls, apartments and townhouses. St. Norbert requires all traditional undergraduate students not registered as commuters to live on campus. Freshman housing includes four traditional residence hall options: Madelaine-Lorraine Hall (co-ed), Sensenbrenner Hall (women-only), Bergstrom Hall (co-ed Honors students), and Burke Hall (co-ed). Campus housing options for sophomores include Mary Minahan McCormick Hall, Michels Hall, and Victor McCormick Hall. Upperclassmen enjoy the Townhouses and Carriage House (apartment-like housing), college-owned houses and college-owned apartments, including Gries, Xanten and Prémontré Halls.

Student involvement

Involvement fair
Involvement fair

There are 90 registered student clubs and organizations on campus. St. Norbert encourages its students to become involved in their community through community service and by participating in one of the 15 fraternities, sororities, and independent social groups. The school also has 8 National Honor Society chapters, two student publications, and eight musical and performance ensembles. A major activity for St. Norbert students participate in is the annual "Into The Streets" community service project that provides service to organizations in De Pere and neighboring communities. This event is staffed by first-year students, staff and faculty, and is part of the First Year Experience program.

Greek life

Greek life at St. Norbert includes four sororities and four fraternities, as well as two Greek governing groups. Greek groups sponsor fund-raising activities, food drives, and benefits to support charities. Greek groups collectively completed a total of 2,117 hours of service and raised $9,638 for their respective philanthropies during the 2015-16 school year.[16]


There are four fraternities on the St. Norbert campus: Delta Upsilon (ΔΥ), Phi Delta Theta (ΦΔΘ), Tau Kappa Epsilon (ΤΚΕ), and Kappa Sigma (ΚΣ).


There are four sororities on the St. Norbert campus: Alpha Xi Delta (ΑΞΔ), Delta Phi Epsilon (ΔΦΕ), Kappa Beta Gamma (ΚΒΓ), and Theta Phi Alpha (ΘΦΑ).

Independent social groups

Independent social organizations at St. Norbert are non-Greek groups that provide a social outlet for members, while also performing service to the campus and local community. These groups also participate in Homecoming events with the Greek groups. Women’s social organizations include BUD, CC Hams, The Electric Company, No Nonsense, and Untouchables. Men’s social organizations include Admar and BIG.


The St. Norbert College Green Knights participate in NCAA Division III athletics and have been members of the Midwest Conference since 1982. St. Norbert offers 22 varsity sports including: football, volleyball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's hockey, men's and women's swimming and diving, softball, baseball, men's and women's track and field, cheerleading, and dance.

The Green Knight football team has won 16 Midwest Conference championships since joining the league in 1984.

In addition to varsity sports, St. Norbert also offers intramural sports.

The Green Bay Packers have conducted training camp on the St. Norbert campus since 1958, making this the league's longest training camp relationship between a team and school. In exchange, the Packers donate their used equipment and provide St. Norbert yearly grants.[17][18]

Notable alumni

Old Main Hall St Norbert College
Main Hall


  1. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY2016 to FY2017". National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. 2017.
  2. ^ Member Directory. Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.
  3. ^ SNC Admission. "Fast Facts". Admissions Department Online Publication. St. Norbert College. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
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  5. ^ St. Norbert College 2006 Common Data Set Retrieved August 6, 2007.
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  8. ^ US News and World Report 2008 and 2015 College Rankings
  9. ^ 2015 US News Rankings
  10. ^ Best in the Midwest Princeton Review Online
  11. ^ "America's Best Colleges". Forbes. June 2015.
  12. ^ "Digital Commons @ SNC". St. Norbert College. January 30, 2018.
  13. ^ "St. Norbert Plays in the Digital Sandbox". St. Norbert College. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  14. ^ "Center for Norbertine Studies". St. Norbert College. St. Norbert College. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  15. ^ "College Archives". St. Norbert College. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  16. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2009-04-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Night Practices Continue For '07 Training Camp". Green Bay Packers. 2007-06-18. Archived from the original on 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2007-06-18.
  18. ^ Hodkiewicz, Wes (July 24, 2018). "Packers begin moving into dorms at St. Norbert College". Green Bay Packers, Inc. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  19. ^ "Celebrating the Milestones in the Career of Tadashi Yamamoto on the Occasion of the Conferment of the Order of the Rising Sun Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon" (PDF). Japan Center for International Exchange. October 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-13.

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