University Distinctions

University Distinctions

Explore St. Cloud State Distinctions and Facts

The oak leaf has long been a symbol for life and learning at St. Cloud State, where change is as constant as the flowing waters of the Mississippi River. Here the oak leaf signifies distinctions and facts that set St. Cloud State apart and foster institutional pride.

How to use:

  • Use the fields and tabs below to search for distinctions and facts that set St. Cloud State apart. A distinction is a story about an award, accomplishment, agreement, unique offering or excellent program. Facts are data-centered statements about the University including enrollment, economic impact and general statistics.
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Academic programs offered

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St. Cloud State has more than 200 undergraduate major, minor and pre-professional programs and more than 60 graduate programs, including two doctoral programs.

The University has offered master's degrees since 1953 and doctoral degrees since 2007.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/academics/default.aspx

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

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Campus location

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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.

The St. Cloud metropolitan area is 24th on Forbes magazine's 2014 “Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers." It also is one of the top 10 hockey towns in the country.

St. Cloud State is ranked in Forbes magazine's "America's Top Colleges" and Money magazine's "Money's Best Colleges."

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/about/st-cloud-community.aspx

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

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Earl H. Potter III, president

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Earl H. Potter III, St. Cloud State's 22nd president, has served since July 2007.

In addition to his duties as president and responsibilities to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, Potter serves on the City of St. Cloud's Create CommUNITY Steering Committee, Initiative Foundation Board of Trustees, Minnesota Campus Compact Board of Directors, United Way of Central Minnesota Board of Directors, St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, Regional Economic Development group, Minnesota National Guard Senior Advisory Task Force, and other community task forces and initiatives.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/president

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

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Economic impact

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MnSCU and St. Paul-based Wilder Research have documented St. Cloud State's regional economic impact twice in the last decade:

2011
Annual regional economic impact was $519 million and 6,579 jobs. The study suggests that for every $100 produced in the region, $4 are directly or indirectly related to St. Cloud State. The study also concluded that St. Cloud State generates about $29 million in tax revenues for state and local government. View a news story.

2005
Annual regional economic impact was $369 million. View a news story.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=34302&storyID=40330

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Community Engagement

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Education abroad opportunities

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St. Cloud State offers 32 semester-long and short-term study-abroad opportunities in more than 20 nations, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Chile, Germany, Japan, South Korea, South Africa.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/educationabroad/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Center for International Studies

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

summary, CIS, diversity, apply knowledge, communicate, internationalization

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Enrollment 2015

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10/23/2015 12:00:00 AM

Fall 2015 enrollment was 15,461, including 1,832 graduate students.

http://outlook.stcloudstate.edu/efforts-lead-to-fall-2015-enrollment-increase/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

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Enrollment, veterans

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St. Cloud State has about 700 student veterans and active military enrolled.

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

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Founded in 1869

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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.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/library/archives/default.aspx

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

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Grants, scholarships and loans

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St. Cloud State annually faciliates more than $122 million in grants, scholarships and loans.

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

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Huskies Athletics

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Huskies Athletics is home to NCAA Division I and II teams with rich traditions of success. Our student-athletes, coaches and facilities have helped the Huskies rank among the best NCAA programs in the region.

Women's and men's hockey compete at the NCAA Division I level. Men are in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Women are in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference. The teams skate in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

Nineteen teams compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, arguably the nation's best NCAA Division II conference.

St. Cloud State also offers campus-based intramural sports and intercollegiate competition in club sports, such as rugby, crew, lacrosse and cycling.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/scsuathletics/default.aspx

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Community Engagement

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International students 2015

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10/23/2015 12:00:00 AM

Of the 1,219 international students, 703 are undergraduates, 380 are graduate students, 132 are non-degree students and four are pursuing doctoral degrees.

http://outlook.stcloudstate.edu/the-world-attends-st-cloud-state/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Center for International Studies

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

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Military Friendly Schools list, Victory Media

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9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State is again among the nation’s top schools that deliver the best college experience for student veterans, landing on Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools list for 2016.

The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

The University stands apart from others on the list as one of the Top 25 Public Universities and Colleges as well as having one of the Top Online Programs.

St. Cloud State has earned the military-friendly designation each year since 2009.

 

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/st-cloud-state-again-earns-military-friendly-honor/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

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School mascot, Blizzard

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The St. Cloud State mascot is Blizzard T. Husky.

Visit our mascot's Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Huskies Athletics

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Students-to-faculty ratio

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The 2014-15 students-to-faculty ratio was 22:1.

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning

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Teaching first

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St. Cloud State's "teaching first" philosophy is supported by this fall semester 2013 statistic: 96 percent of classes were taught by faculty.

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning

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Tobacco-free campus

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St. Cloud State has been a tobacco-free campus since August 1, 2012.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/tobaccofree

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Sustainability

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Top 1 percent of Forbes' most affordable colleges, 2016

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7/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

According to Forbes, a national business website and bi-weekly, St. Cloud State is among the top 660 colleges in the nation, based on post-graduate success, student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate and academic success.

Based on Forbes' 2016 analysis, only 21 of "America's Top Colleges" have lower tuition than St. Cloud State. That puts St. Cloud State in the top 1 percent most affordable, on the Forbes list.

The U.S. has 3,026 four-year colleges, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, an agency of the U.S. Department of Education.

By virtue of its 563rd ranking, St. Cloud State is among the elite 19 percent of colleges and universities.

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/st-cloud-state-earns-forbes-best-college-nod/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Community Engagement,Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

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Top 3 percent of Forbes' most affordable colleges, 2015

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7/29/2015 12:00:00 AM

According to Forbes, a national business website and bi-weekly, St. Cloud State is among the top 650 colleges in the nation, based on student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and academic success.

Based on Forbes' 2015 analysis, only 18 of "America's Top Colleges" have lower tuition than St. Cloud State. That puts St. Cloud State in the top 3 percent most affordable, on the Forbes list.

The U.S. has 2,968 four-year colleges, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, an agency of the U.S. Department of Education. 

By virtue of its 562nd ranking, St. Cloud State is among the elite 19 percent of colleges and universities.

http://outlook.stcloudstate.edu/forbes-names-scsu-as-a-top-college/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Community Engagement

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Twin Cities Graduate Center, Maple Grove

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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.

The Twin Cities Graduate Center opened in August 2009 to satisfy a need expressed by area residents for high quality, relevant graduate programs in the Twin Cities' northern suburbs.

Partnering to bring premier programs and faculty to this location, the Herberger Business School, the College of Science and Engineering and the School of Education are delivering innovative programs designed for working professionals.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/tcgraduatecenter/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,College of Science and Engineering,Herberger Business School,School of Education

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University learning commitments

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The key elements of a St. Cloud State education, our learning commitments:

  • Active and Applied Learning
    We must provide opportunities to put classroom learning into action in order to provide our students with practical experience and reinforcement of their learning.
  • Community Engagement
    We must be what we teach in order to provide our students role models and real-life in action examples of what they are leaning in the classroom.
  • Sustainability
    We must tend to our community as well as the physical environment so that our students can have real opportunities to succeed.
  • Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility
    We must be attentive to a changing world and agile in our adaptation to new developments in order to ensure that our students are prepared for a world in which nothing is static and knowledge rapidly becomes obsolete.

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Community Engagement,Sustainability,Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

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