St. Cloud State University

Students socializing on the campus of St. Cloud State University.

At St. Cloud State University, education comes from exploring opportunities, applying knowledge to real-world problems, engaging in your community and being challenged by new ideas and perspectives. Everything we offer - from our exemplary faculty and modern facilities to our vibrant campus life - provides you with direct experiences you'll need to transition into professional life.

St. Cloud State University
720 4th Ave. S.
Saint Cloud, MN 56301-4498

Toll-Free: (877) 654-7278
Local: (320) 308-2244

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City: St. Cloud
Population: 65,801

School highlights

  • More than 200 undergraduate and 60 graduate programs in liberal arts, science and engineering, business, education, health and human services, and public affairs.
  • Thirty years ago, the Herberger Business School became nationally and internationally accredited.
  • Minnesota's largest producer of teachers with a national award-winning co-teaching model to enhance classroom-training experience.
  • $11.3 million facility holds chemistry, biochemistry, biology, anatomy, immunology, advanced DNA and mammalian cell culture labs.
  • Multicultural focus includes nearly 1,000 students from more than 80 countries on campus.
  • 32 education abroad opportunities
  • Award-winning school newspaper, radio station and television station.
  • Seventy-six percent of St. Cloud State students received financial aid in 2012-13 which included more than $122 million in scholarships, grants, loans and work opportunities.
  • Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.
  • One hour northwest of the Twin Cities in a metropolitan area of 189,000.
  • Successful graduates abound, including concept designer TyRuben Ellingson, a 1982 graduate who had a creative hand in developing the visual effects that helped catapult the movie “Avatar” to unparalleled box-office success, and John Stumpf, a 1976 graduate, president and chief executive officer of Wells Fargo, one of the country’s largest banks with 275,000 employees and 6,650 locations.

Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 19,912
  • Full-time students: 62.3%
  • Part-time students: 37.7%
  • Percent female: 52.3%
  • Percent male: 47.4%
  • Percent students of color: 13.4%

Largest programs

Management, criminal justice, finance and accounting, mass communications

Unique programs

Applied behavior analysis, applied clinical research, cultural resource management (applied archaeology), engineering management, hydrology, land surveying and mapping, Latin American studies, meteorology, nuclear medicine technology, radiologic technology (X-ray and diagnostic imaging), real estate, regulatory affairs and services, small business management, statistics, travel and tourism, women's studies


The university has 10 residential communities, each with its own personality. Whether you're looking for a traditional residence hall experience or a more independent apartment-style living environment like Coborn Plaza Apartments, you'll find a space that suits you. If location is critical, know that our residence halls are conveniently located throughout campus.


Travel free with student identification on the Metro Bus system to big-box store shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities beyond the campus area. The Northstar Link bus provides alternative transportation to the Twin Cities with bus service from the Miller Center direct to the Northstar Commuter Rail Line station in Big Lake.

  • Bus
  • Train


Permit lots and pay lots are located throughout campus. In addition, the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp is a 24-hour, 500-stall, parking facility.

  • On-street
  • Off-street


Admissions requirements

St. Cloud State University generally will accept you as a first-year student if you can answer “yes” to at least one of these questions:

  • Did you graduate in the top half of your high school graduating class?
  • Did you score 21 or higher on the ACT standardized test?
  • Did you receive a combined score of 1,000 or higher on the SAT standardized test?

Check with the admissions office for details. Even if you don’t meet the minimum requirements, you may be considered for admission under special provisions.

What courses do I need to take in high school?

You should have completed these courses in high school:

  • Four years of English, including composition, literature and speech
  • Three years of math, including two years of algebra, one of which is intermediate or advanced algebra, and one year of geometry
  • Three years of science, including one year each of a biological and a physical science, all with significant laboratory experience
  • Three years of social studies, including one year each of geography and U.S. history
  • Two years of a single world language, including non-English native languages and American Sign Language
  • One year of arts (visual arts and the performing arts of theater, music, dance and media arts)

When should you apply?
Apply early in 12th grade for the best chance of being admitted. Some programs do not have room for all qualified applicants.

Apply online

Using the e-application, you may apply to St. Cloud State University and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


Education for Life.

You’ll find a vareity of program choices and the top-quality education you want at an affordable cost. Personal attention from faculty and staff, real-world experiences and outstanding student support services all focus on helping you succeed. Be inspired and challenged as you prepare for your future career.

Program TitleAward
Addictions SpecialistGC
Applied Behavior AnalysisMS
Applied Clinical ResearchMS
Applied Computer ScienceBS
Applied EconomicsMS
Applied StatisticsMS
Art EducationBS
Art HistoryBA
Athletic TrainingBS
Autism Spectrum DisordersGC
Biological SciencesMA
Biological SciencesMS
Biomedical SciencesBS
Business AdministrationMBA
Business EconomicsBA
Business IntelligenceCERT
Chemical DependencyBS
Chemistry - ACS ApprovedBS
Chemistry Education Grades 9-12BS
Chemistry/General Science Education Grades 5-12BS
Child and Family Studies: Early Childhood Special EducationMS
Child and Family Studies: Family StudiesMS
Clinical Mental Health CounselingMS
College Counseling and Student DevelopmentMS
Communication Arts and LiteratureBS
Communication Sciences and DisordersMS
Communication Sciences and DisordersBES
Communication Sciences and DisordersBS
Communication StudiesBA
Communication Studies InterdepartmentalBS
Communication Studies SupplementaryBA
Community EducationGC
Community HealthBS
Community PsychologyBS
Community PsychologyBES
Computer EngineeringBS
Computer ScienceMS
Computer ScienceBS
Counseling Psychology: Rehabilitation CounselingMS
Counseling Psychology: Rehabilitation CounselingMS
Counseling Psychology: School CounselingMS
Criminal Justice StudiesMS
Criminal Justice StudiesBA
Cultural Resources Management ArchaeologyMS
Curriculum and InstructionMS
Design for E-LearningGC
Developmental DisabilitiesGC
Early Childhood EducationBS
Early Childhood Special EducationGC
Earth and Space Science Education Grades 9-12BS
Earth and Space Science/General Science Education Grades 5-12BS
Earth SciencesBA
Ecology and Field BiologyBS
Educational Administration and LeadershipMS
Educational Administration and LeadershipSPEC
Educational Administration and LeadershipEDD
Electrical EngineeringBS
Elementary/K-6 EducationBS
Emotional/Behavioral DisordersGC
English BA
Environmental ScienceBS
Environmental StudiesBES
Environmental StudiesBS
Exercise ScienceMS
Fifth Year Program: Child and Family StudiesGC
Film StudiesBA
General StudiesBA
Geographic Information ScienceGC
Geography: Geographic Information ScienceMS
Geography: Tourism Planning and DevelopmentMS
Global StudiesBA
Health AdministrationCERT
Health and Physical EducationBS
Higher Education AdministrationEDD
Higher Education AdministrationMS
Individualized StudiesAS
Industrial-Organizational PsychologyMS
Information AssuranceCERT
Information AssuranceMS
Information MediaMS
Information SystemsBS
Information Technology SecurityBS
Instructional TechnologyCERT
Instructional TechnologyGC
International BusinessBS
International RelationsBA
Land SurveyingCERT
Land Surveying/ Mapping ScienceBES
Land Surveying/Mapping ScienceBS
Latin American StudiesBA
Learning DisabilitiesGC
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Liberal StudiesBES
Library Media SpecialistGC
Life Science Education Grades 9-12BS
Life Science/General Science Education Grades 5-12BS
Manufacturing EngineeringBS
Marriage and Family TherapyMS
Marriage and Family TherapyGC
Mass CommunicationsBS
Mass CommunicationsMS
Master of Engineering ManagementMEM
Material Science and InstrumentationPSM
Mathematical EconomicsBS
Mathematics TeachingBS
Mechanical EngineeringBS
Medical Laboratory ScienceBS
Medical Technology QualityMS
Music TeachingBS
Nuclear Medicine TechnologyBS
Parent EducationGC
Physical EducationBS
Physical Education - Non-teachingBES
Physics Education Grades 9-12BS
Physics/General Science Education Grades 5-12BS
Planning and Community DevelopmentBA
Political ScienceBA
Professional Selling SpecializationCERT
Public AdministratonMPA
Public Safety Executive LeadershipMS
Radiologic TechnologyBS
Reading Teacher K-12GC
Real EstateBS
Recreation and Sports ManagementBS
Regulatory Affairs and ServicesMS
School CounselingGC
Sixth Year Program: Educational Administration and LeadershipGC
Social ResponsibilityMS
Social Studies EducationBS
Social WorkBS
Social WorkMSW
Sociology - InterdepartmentalBA
Special EducationMS
Special StudiesMS
Special StudiesMA
SPED: Academic and Behavioral StrategistBS
Sports ManagementMS
Studio ArtBFA
Teacher LeaderGC
Technology EducationMS
Technology EducationBS
Technology IntegrationGC
Technology ManagementBS
Technology StudiesBES
Traffic Safety EducationGC
Travel and TourismBA
Women's StudiesBES
Women's StudiesBA
Program TitleAward
Applied Behavior AnalysisMS
Criminal Justice StudiesMS
Health AdministrationCERT
Information MediaMS
Technology IntegrationGC
Traffic Safety EducationGC
The following degrees are available from this school:
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Elective Studies
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Certificate
  • Doctor of Education
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Engineering Management
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Social Work
  • Professional Science Master's
  • Specialist

Program minors
Developmental and adapted physical education, African studies, American Indian studies, Chicano/Chicana studies, Asian Pacific American studies, community health, computer networking and applications, dance, data communications, East Asian studies, ethnic studies, geographic information science, gerontology, human relations, military science, reading instruction, religious studies, technology studies, optics, teaching English as a second language, heritage preservation, forensic science

Pre-professional programs
Chiropractic, dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatry, veterinary, agriculture, forestry, horticulture, dental hygiene, pharmacy, occupational therapy, mortuary science

Program emphases
Rehabilitation counseling, community counseling, astrophysics, public history, public relations, publications, advertising, broadcasting, news editorial, linguistics, piano pedagogy, creative writing, applied statistics, actuarial science, construction management, electro-optics, applied sociology, graphic design

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Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $7,443

FAFSA Code: 002377

How to apply for financial aid

Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form. Many students don’t realize they could qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans, so be sure to find out by filling out the form.

Complete the FAFSA after Jan. 1 of your senior year. Find the form online at or pick up the form at your school counselor’s office. For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend.

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:

Scholarships are a great source of aid, and you do not need to pay them back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds. Talk to your guidance counselor about what kind of scholarships you can get.

You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants of $300 to more than $7,000 per year. You do not need to pay these back.

Work study
Work study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college. Work study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your classes and personal schedules.

Student loans
You also may be eligible for student loans, which must be paid back. Student loans usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans.

Other ways to save

Reduced out-of-state tuition
Students from other states don’t always have to pay higher tuition if they want to attend the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. And 26 of the state colleges and universities allow students from other states to pay the lower in-state rates, so ask a college or university about its tuition charges.

Tax credits
Some college students also benefit from two federal tax credit programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.

Veterans are welcomed at the state colleges and universities. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by one of the on-campus veterans centers for information, support and assistance. Also, check with the campus financial aid office about benefits from the new Minnesota GI Bill. Or go to

Campus life

College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying. With about 250 student organizations, we have something for everyone. Hit the slopes with the Alpine Ski and Snowboard team or compete with a crew in the SCSU Rowing Club. Need something less daring? Check out Greek life by pledging a fraternity or sorority or learn about other cultures in one of our international student organizations.

St. Cloud State's compact campus has much to offer. Need a break from schoolwork? Shoot pool or bowl at the Underground, catch a movie with friends in the Atwood Theatre or break a sweat on our indoor climbing wall. From cultural events to community organizations and even intramural sports, we keep our minds, bodies and hearts engaged.

  • Academic Learning Center
  • Advising Center
  • Campus Recreation
  • Career Services
  • Center for International Studies
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Graduate Studies Offices
  • Health Services
  • Husky Bookstore
  • Lindgren Child Care Center
  • Miller Learning Resources Center
  • Miller Learning Resources Center
  • Multicultural Student Services
  • Public Safety
  • Public Safety
  • Sodexo
  • St. Cloud State University Foundation
  • Student Disability Services
  • Student Employment Services
  • The Write Place
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Veterans Resource Center
  • Study Abroad Programs
Arts and literature
  • Art Student Union
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Debate, Competitive Speech, or Forensics
  • Forensics (Competative Speech)
  • Future Art Educators
  • Honors
  • SCSU Book Club
  • SCSU Read Alouds
  • Student Graphic Design Association
  • Upper Mississippi Harvest
Broadcasting and journalism
  • KVSC 88.1
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • UTVS Television
  • University Chronicle
Career and professional
  • Accounting
  • Advertising Federation
  • American Association of Airport Executiv
  • American Marketing Association
  • American Society of Engineering Manageme
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Career Ambassadors
  • Emergin College and University Professio
  • Medical Professions Association
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • National Student Speech Language and Hea
  • Nursing Club
  • Pre Dental Club
  • Pre PharmD Club
  • Pre Veterinary Society
  • Psychology Club
  • Real Estate Association
  • Regulatory and Clinical Emerging Leaders
  • Social Work Association
  • Society of Human Resource Management
  • Society of Unified Management Organizati
  • Travel & Tourism Club
Cheerleading and dance teams
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance Line
Community and human services
  • Association for the Education of Young C
  • Aviation Ambassadors
  • Benton Hall Community Council
  • Community Counseling Graduate Student As
  • Global Horizons Club
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Helping Nepal International
  • Husky Helpers
  • International Relations Club
  • Leave Your Mark
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Club
  • Organization for Prevention of AIDS in A
  • Reaching Africa by Improving Schools
  • SCSU Youth Mentors
  • Service/Volunteer Hours
  • Social Responsibility Student Organizati
  • Studens for a Free Palestine
  • Student Council for Exceptional Children
  • Student United Way SCSU
  • Students Organized for Change
  • Students Supporting Ngatha
  • Students for a Free Tibet
  • University Ambassadors
  • University Program Board
  • Up 'Til Dawn
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • African Student Association
  • All Tribes Council
  • Arab Student Organization
  • Asian Students in Action
  • Ayubowan Sri Lanka Organization
  • Bangladesh Student Asso
  • China Club
  • Ethiopian Students Association
  • Francophone Club
  • German Club
  • Hmong Student Organization
  • India Heritage Club
  • International Chinese Student Associatio
  • JP Network
  • Korean Students Association
  • Liberian Students Association
  • Malaysian Students Association
  • Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan
  • Oromo Student Organization
  • Pakistan Student Association
  • Privet! Russian Club
  • Saudi Students Club
  • Somali Student Association
  • Spanish Club
  • Vietnamese Student Organization
  • Youth Between Borders
Fraternities and sororities
  • Acacia Fraternity
  • Alpha Epsilon Omega
  • Alpha Eta Rho
  • Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority
  • Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity
  • Delta Sigma Pi
  • Delta Zeta Sorority
  • Fraternities & Soroties
  • Greek Programming Board
  • Interfraternal Council
  • Kappa Phi Omega Social Sorority
  • Panhellenic Council
  • Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity
  • Pi Kappa Delta Honorary Fraternity
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
  • Theta Chi Fraternity
Gender and sexuality
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Allianc
  • Outloud!
  • Students for Sexual Consent
  • Women's Action for Liberation and Leader
Graduate students
  • Biology Graduate Students Association
  • Graduate Student Organization
  • Industrial Organizational Psychology Gra
Health and fitness
  • Health Promotion Peer Educators
  • Physical Education Club
  • Recreation and Sports Management
  • Relay For Life
  • SCSU Triathletes
  • Student Health Advisory Committee
  • Students For Health
Honorary societies
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon Honor Society
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • National Residence Hall Honorary
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Sigma Phi Omega
International students
  • International Students Association
  • Little Falls Friends
  • Nepalese Students Association
  • Public Relations Society of America
Law enforcement and safety
  • Criminal Justice Association
Military and veterans
  • Military Science Club
  • ROTC
  • Student Veterans Organization
Nature and environment
  • Environment and Technological Studies
  • Hydrology Club
  • Wind Energy Association
Personal development
  • APICS Student Board
  • Conflict Resolution Services
  • Men Creating Change
  • Modern Hippies
  • National Society of Leadership and Succe
  • Optimist Club
  • SCSU Spring Forest Qigong Club
  • The Green Band
  • Today's Women
Politics and society
  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • Get Up Minnesota
  • Students for Choice
  • Students for Ron Paul
  • Students for Sensible Drug Policy
  • Students for Sustainability
Recreational and club sports
  • Aikido Club
  • Alpine Ski and Snowboard
  • Basketball
  • Boot Hockey
  • Bowling
  • Break Dancing Club
  • Broomball
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dodgeball
  • Equestrian
  • Flag Football
  • Floor Hockey
  • Golf
  • Husky Bass Fishing Club
  • Ice Hockey
  • International Students Soccer Club
  • Jiu-Jitsu Club
  • Lacrosse
  • Lacrosse
  • Men's Ultimate Frisbee Club
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Rugby
  • SCSU Officials Club
  • Skydiving
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Sports Management Club
  • St. Cloud Archery Association
  • St. Cloud Quidditch Club
  • St. Cloud Water Polo
  • Student Athletic Training Association
  • Table Tennis
  • Tang Soo Do Karate
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Religious and spiritual
  • Athletes in Action
  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Campus Light
  • Catholic Student Community
  • Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
  • Chinese Christian Fellowship
  • Empowerment Through the Word Ministries
  • InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Laestadian Lutheran Club
  • Lutheran Campus Ministry of St. Cloud
  • Lutheran Student Fellowship
  • Marantha Christian Fellowship
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Pagan Alliance
  • Prepared Ministries
  • Society of Buddhist Red Lotus
  • Theravada Buddhist Association
  • True North
  • Vespers
Science and technology
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Chemistry Club
  • Computer Networking Club
  • Ecology Club
  • Geology Club
  • Information Systems Club
  • Institute of Electrical & Electronic Eng
  • Land Surveying Club
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • Physics & Astronomy Club
  • Planetarium Club
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers
Social organizations
  • Advocates for Animals
  • Aero Club
  • Center for Student Organizations and Lea
  • Council for African American Students
  • Hill-Case Hall Community Council
  • Holes Hall Council
Special interest
  • Brower Society
  • Cinescope
  • College of Business Executive Council
  • Collegiate Shooting Program
  • Communication Studies Club
  • Community Plannign Association
  • Community Psychology Club
  • Economics Association
  • Education Minnesota Student Program
  • Finance Management Association
  • Gerontology Club
  • Insurance Club
  • Investment Club
  • Lawrence Hall Council
  • Mitchell Hall Community Council
  • National Weather Association
  • Otaku Society
  • Paranormal Society
  • Philosophical Society
  • Renaissance Fighting and Arts
  • Resident Hall Association
  • SCSU Entrepreneurship Club
  • SCSU Photographic Society
  • Secular Student Alliance at SCSU
  • Sherburne Hall Community Council
  • Shoemaker Hall Community Council
  • Social Studies Club
  • St. Cloud State NORML
  • Statistics Club
  • Stearns Hall Community Council
  • Storm Chase Club
  • TRIO event at St Scholastica in Duluth
  • Transfer Student Club
  • Young Americans for Liberty
Student government
  • Student Government
Students with disabilities
  • Student Disability Services
Theater, dance, music
  • American Choral Directors Association
  • Arashi Taiko Dan
  • Ask Questions Quickly Entertainment
  • Chamber Singers
  • Concert Chior
  • Cool Cats Swing Club
  • Dramatic Action
  • Fishnets Anonymous
  • Husky Sport Band
  • Music
  • Music - Band
  • Music - Chorus
  • Music - Orchestra
  • Music Instrumental
  • Music Vocal
  • SCSU Orchestra
  • SCSU Women's Chior
  • St. Cloud Talahi Winds
  • Wind Ensemble
Travel and leisure
  • Games Club
  • SCSU Chess Club
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Men's Cross Country
  • Men's Diving
  • Men's Golf
  • Men's Ice Hockey
  • Men's Tennis
  • Men's Track & Field
  • Wrestling
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Women's Cross Country
  • Women's Golf
  • Women's Ice Hockey
  • Women's Nordic Skiing
  • Women's Swimming
  • Women's Tennis
  • Women's Track & Field
  • Women's Volleyball