St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, Minnesota
St. Cloud State University offers a high-quality education with more than 200 nationally recognized and highly accredited academic programs.
The university provides degrees, certificates, and training in high-demand fields, specializing in holistic health and wellness, education, engineering and applied sciences, and leadership. For those seeking advanced degrees, the university offers more than 60 master’s-level programs and three doctoral programs. Providing opportunities for individualized student support is a hallmark of St. Cloud State’s approach.
Students are guided by professional advisors, academic success coaches, and inspiring faculty as they choose among a portfolio of courses, specializations, and experiential education options. Opportunities range from internships, special projects for volunteering and service, research and capstone projects aligned with real-world problem solving, and more. The undergraduate student experience is grounded by the Husky Compact: a series of traditions that focuses on the purpose of core courses and the undergraduate degree. Huskies Advance, through its emphasis on mentoring between faculty and students, provides key connections between coursework and student passions and career interests. Student Success coaches are aligned with students at the start of the undergraduate experience to help students stay on pace for graduation. Graduate students receive a first-class education with research and experiential opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities with faculty who are recognized scholars and engaged teachers.
Get to know St. Cloud State University
Undergraduate students at St. Cloud State University are engaged in faculty research in a variety of subjects. In the sciences, students work with professors to study deepwater fish biology and diabetes; Computer Engineering professors engage students in real-world problem solving for Minnesota companies tackling embedded systems problems; and the SCSU Survey conducts statewide surveys for elections, current events, and other important issues with students engaged in collecting and analyzing survey data. Student researchers assist in writing publications based on their research and present at conferences nationwide.
St. Cloud State offers education abroad opportunities throughout the world that can complement a student’s major and enable them to gain skills, knowledge, and marketability. Programs range from short-term summer or spring break trips to semester-long experiences living at Alnwick Castle in Alnwick, England.
FIRST-YEAR SEMINARS AND EXPERIENCES
St. Cloud State University engages students in the first year through a variety of experiences tailored to meet the individual needs and goals of each student. First-Year Seminars are courses designed to help first-year students transition successfully into the rigor and opportunities of higher education. They are small classes taught by engaging faculty from across campus who encourage students to tackle big ideas like cultural intelligence, cultivating peace, and everyday practices that contribute to and challenge marginalization.
First-Year Education Abroad opportunities offer students a unique opportunity to study internationally during the spring term of their first year. The Honors Program is a selective program that provides an interdisciplinary curriculum for a student’s general education experience with small classes and unique out of class opportunities in a community-based environment.
St. Cloud State University is located in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River. St. Cloud is a vibrant community of 65,000 at the heart of Minnesota’s agricultural region. St. Cloud is known historically for its granite quarries and today is home to manufacturing, healthcare, retail, and business and financial services. The university is 65 miles northwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul, where students find shopping and entertainment opportunities. St. Cloud offers many outdoor recreation opportunities within walking distance from campus, such as the Beaver Island trail, Munsigner Clemens Gardens, and Lake George, where many festivals and concerts are held throughout the summer.
St. Cloud State Athletics manages more than 350 student-athletes in 15 Division II teams and two Division I hockey teams (men’s and women’s). St. Cloud State sports fans wear red and black with pride as they cheer on the Huskies. The Huskies find success on and off the field. The St. Cloud State Men’s Hockey team advanced to their first-ever Division I National Championship game in 2021, while the Wrestling team won their third consecutive Division II National Championship and fifth overall. In addition, the Women’s Basketball team reached the NCAA Regional Tournament for the second straight season in 2021, while 13 student-athletes from the wrestling, swim & dive, women’s basketball, track & field, and softball programs earned All-America honors.
St. Cloud State University’s Career Center prepares students for success after graduation by guiding them in career planning, offering résumé and interview preparation, and connecting them with employers for internship and job opportunities. Top employers for St. Cloud State graduates include local school districts, health centers, and manufacturing centers, with 92.7 percent of 2019-20 graduates finding employment within their field within one year of graduation.
St. Cloud State University offers individualized attention and support, engaging students in achieving their personal and professional aspirations. Special visit days are held throughout the year so that prospective students can find support in the admissions process and gain an in-depth look at programs and offerings. Admissions counselors are also available for daily campus visits in-person or virtual one-on-one sessions year round.
St. Cloud State admits students based on a thorough evaluation of each candidate—considering GPA, former curriculum, and other academic indicators. Extracurricular activities, personal statements, and recommendations may also be considered. The ACT/SAT test is optional. Undergraduate students apply for free.
Tuition & Cost
Tuition & Fees: $9,170 ($308 per credit)
Room & Board: $10,226
93 percent of students received financial aid in 2020.
St. Cloud State also offers scholarships based on merit for new incoming first-year and transfer students, high achiever (in-state tuition) for out of state students, a cultural sharing scholarship for international student applicants, and Foundation-sponsored scholarships. Learn more about the admissions process here.