7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
St. Cloud State University is Minnesota's second-largest public university, with nearly 16,500 students from about 80 nations.
It is located an hour northwest of Minneapolis, along the oak-crowned west bank of the Mississippi River. The 100-acre campus is between downtown St. Cloud and the Beaver Islands, a group of more than 30 islands that form a natural maze for a two-mile stretch of the river.
Undergraduate students choose from more than 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, including regional rarities such as meteorology and geographic information systems and regionally renowned programs such as accounting and teacher education.
The School of Graduate Studies offers more than 60 programs, including an Ed.D. in higher education administration and a master of business administration from the G.R. Herberger School of Business.
The master's degree in regulatory affairs and services taps a growing demand for professionals who can lead medical device companies through national and international regulatory processes. Minnesota has more than 480 medical device firms registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
In addition to campus-based and online study, graduate classes are available at the Twin Cities Graduate Center in Maple Grove, a northwest suburb of Minneapolis.
Husky Athletics is home to NCAA Division I and II teams with rich traditions of success. Women's and men's hockey compete at the NCAA Division I level. The teams skate in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, named for former Huskies coach and Olympic hockey legend, the late Herb Brooks.
Nineteen teams compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, arguably the nation's best NCAA Division II conference.
St. Cloud State began in 1869 as the state's third normal school. Teachers and students first met in a converted hotel on a bluff above the Beaver Islands. Of the 53 original students, 43 were women.
St. Cloud State University