Saint Cloud State University

720 Fourth Ave. South, Saint Cloud, MN 56301-4498

School Details

Saint Cloud State University is a four-year, public, not for profit institution of higher learning located in the city of Saint Cloud, Minnesota. 


Saint Cloud State University was founded in 1869 and is the largest school in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. Saint Cloud State began as a Normal school and now offers students more than 200 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs through their eight colleges and schools. These institutions that make up Saint Cloud State are:
College of Liberal Arts
School of the Arts
College of Science and Engineering
School of Computing, Engineering, and Environment
Herberger Business School
School of Education
School of Health and Human Services
School of Public Affairs.

In 1898, the school began to offer junior college courses, and in 1914, the school purely developed a higher education curriculum. In 1921, the school changed its name to St. Cloud State Teachers College and awarded bachelor’s degrees and later master’s degrees. Today, the university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. In addition to the overall accreditation, Saint Cloud State University has earned specialized accreditations from organizations and agencies such as: American Association for Marriage and Family therapy, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, national Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

At the beginning of every semester students are invited to Mainstreet, which is an event held on campus to expose and display all the clubs, organizations and groups on campus that students can join. St. Cloud offers more than 250 student clubs and organizations including Greek life, media, and athletics. Services that are available to students include the American Indian Center, Business Services, the Career Services Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, and a LGBT Resource Center. The town of St. Cloud is located on the banks of the Mississippi River. The campus is also a walking distance from a theater, live music, and more. Local mass transit is free for students.


Recently, the College of Science and Engineering gained full accreditation for its Computer Engineering Program. Also, Saint Cloud State is the only college in Minnesota to offer an Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited Manufacturing Engineering program in addition to their Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Programs and Computer Science. Saint Cloud is also known for their study abroad program and has about 13 education abroad programs that students are encouraged to take advantage of. Saint Cloud State also offers a variety of online and blended programs for nontraditional students. The online graduate programs include: Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis, Master of Science in Criminal Justice Studies, Master of Arts in English emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language, and Master of Science in Information Media, Instructional Design and Training. The undergraduate online minors and licensure programs include: Criminal Justice Studies, Community Psychology, Driver Education Teacher Preparation Licensure, and Teaching English as a Second Language Licensure. About 22 percent of undergraduate students are enrolled in at least some distance education and 22 percent of graduate students are, as well.

To begin the application process, applicants must complete the official application which is located on the university’s website. The application can be done online or printed out and sent to the universities mailing address. There is a $20 application fee. Generally, successful students have earned at least a 21 on their ACT or 980 SAT, or ranked top 50 percent of their class. Each application is reviewed in its entirety and application materials are very carefully considered to give each applicant an equal opportunity. The percentage of prospective students who were admitted is 90 percent.


The base tuition for in-state students is $7,472 per year. The tuition for out-of-state students is $15,114. Midwest residents (Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska) only pay $10,806 per year and reciprocity residents (Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota) pay $7,514 annually. Financial aid is also available to those students who qualify. Aid may be received through loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study opportunities. About 45 percent of all undergraduate students receive some kind of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships and 52 percent take out Federal student loans.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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