Pillsbury College Prep

315 South Grove Avenue
Owatonna, MN 55060
Pillsbury College Prep is a coed college preparatory boarding school for grades 6-12. Pillsbury College Prep is dedicated to academic excellence, character development, performing arts, sports and entrepreneurship. Our curriculum is designed to support the talent and ambition of every student. Guided by the vision statement of Pillsbury, "changing the world, one student at a time", Pillsbury College Prep strives to instill ethics, leadership and social responsibility in its students with personal and academic success. Pillsbury College Prep offers course instruction with core technologies that enhance teaching and learning by tailoring the course content to each student's learning needs. Pillsbury College Prep offers opportunitites that accomplish academic and personal success to build self-confidence and well-cultivated talents to help students be well rounded and successful, today and in the future. We inspire students to reach their goals, develop leadership skills, achieve academic excellence, and to be all they are capable of being.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 6-12
  • Enrollment: 50 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $27,500
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $18,000
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Pillsbury College Prep ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 287 schools) for:

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Pillsbury College Prep
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
6-12
8-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
2014
1906
Campus Size
18 acres
126 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
50 students
315 students
% Students of Color
5%
25%
% International Students
50%
20%
% Students Boarding
95%
67%
Offers Post-Grad Year
No
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
16
17
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
75%
71%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$27,500
(Aug through May, not including Christmas and Spring breaks.)
$64,800
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$18,000
$35,000
Tuition international students
$29,000
$57,260
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$15,000
$47,000
Summer Program Cost
$11,000
(We offer Summer School in conjunction with our Summer Camp. Academics during the mornings and camp activities during the afternoon.)
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
85%
60%
Director of Admissions
Vonda White

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
16
17
Courses
Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Lang. and Comp, English Lit. and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, History, Physics, Psychology, Statistics, U.S. History, World History

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
17
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Ice Hockey, Technical/Digital Arts

Arts and Music Programs:
Instrumental, Music, Musical Theatre, Orchestra Instruments, Visual and Fine Arts

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Archery Club, Baseball, Basketball Club, Cheerleaders, Golf Club, Gymnastics, Ice Skating, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

School Notes

  • A nationally accredited private school with high academic standards.
  • Small classroom sizes with online individual instruction and pacing. 
  • Year round boarding school offering an entrepreneurial academic environment in which to thrive both educationally and personally.
  • English language classes available.
  • Strategic partnership between Pillsbury and Great Basin College to offer high school students dual enrollment for college credit.
  • Opportunities for students to excel both academically and in areas of personal interest.
  • All 120+ College Prep Courses are aligned to national standards.
  • Our in classroom teachers are highly qualified with masters certifications or above.
  • One on one student instruction is available as needed for students at Pillsbury College Prep.
  • Students can stay year round, attend the traditional school year, then attend Camp Pillsbury for the summer or partial summer, or stay for the traditional school year and go home for summers.
  • Foreign students can qualify for conditional acceptance into Minnesota State University- Mankato and be housed at Pillsbury College Prep for 12-24 months.
  • Great cultural experience for all students.
  • Students and instructors come from all over the United States and around the world.
  • Many of our afterschool activities are accredited for High School elective credits.
  • INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - For a true American cultural experience for one year, international students boarding at Pillsbury College Prep can attend public school for one of their boarding years as allowed by federal regulations and then continue private school at Pillsbury before or after attending public school for one year.
  • We offer afterschool and weekend activities for beginners, intermediate and advanced skill levels: Music, Visual and Fine Arts, Theatre, Magic, Tech/Digital Arts/Multimedia, Dance, Sports, Role Playing Games, Unicycle, Study Hall, Creative Writing, and the following subjects are available at an additional charge:  One-on-one tutoring,Ice Hockey,Ice Skating, Lessons, Figure Skating, Equestrian, (Indoor Arena/Outdoor Arena, weather permitting)
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Pillsbury College Prep cost?
Pillsbury College Prep's tuition is approximately $27,500 for boarding students and $18,000 for day students.
What is the acceptance rate of Pillsbury College Prep?
The acceptance rate of Pillsbury College Prep is 85%, which is higher than the boarding school average of 60%.
Does Pillsbury College Prep offer a summer program?
Yes, Pillsbury College Prep offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Pillsbury College Prep's ranking?
Pillsbury College Prep ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for Small student body (number of students), High percentage of international students and Least expensive tuition.
When is the application deadline for Pillsbury College Prep?
The application deadline for Pillsbury College Prep is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 6-12
  • Enrollment: 50 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $27,500
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $18,000
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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