Educational Administration and Leadership - St. Cloud State UniversityEducational Administration and Leadership - St. Cloud State UniversityEducational Administration and Leadership - St. Cloud State University

About St. Cloud State University

St. Cloud State University overlooking Mississippi River

St. Cloud State, the flagship institution in the Minnesota State Universities & Colleges System, has a history of excellence since its founding in 1869.

Key elements of a St. Cloud State education are:

  • Community Engagement
  • Active and Applied Learning
  • Global and Cultural Understanding
  • Sustainability


Minnesota's second-largest university is located on 100-acres about an hour northwest of Minneapolis and St. Paul, along the oak-crowned west bank of the Mississippi River.


St. Cloud State is an accredited university, which means you'll receive an education from an institution that has proven its quality through rigorous measures. St. Cloud State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association..


The U.S. has 2,870 four-year colleges, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, an agency of the U.S. Department of Education. That places St. Cloud State in the . . .

  • Elite 9 percent of the nation's colleges and universities, based on quality of education, affordability and outcomes. View Money magazine methodology.

  • Elite 23 percent of colleges and universities based on student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and academic success. View the Forbes magazine methodology.   

Student Body

  • Enrollment is more than 16,200 students including over 1,600 graduate students.
  • The university full-time graduate enrollment includes about 38 percent males and 62 percent females.
  • Full-time graduate students: 35 percent, part-time graduate students: 65 percent.
  • Percent of students of color: 8 percent.

Global Outreach

  • The University’s international student enrollment is ranked 13th nationally among master’s granting institutions according to the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York City.   
  • St. Cloud State boasts a strong multicultural focus with more than 1,000 students from about 80 nations.
  • Every year more than 350 students study abroad in one of 15 countries.
  • SCSU was recognized for its excellence in integrating international education across all aspects of the university with a 2013 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.


  • Students learn from about 904 faculty in 44 academic departments.
  • Faculty members have strong academic credentials and are also accomplished professionals from the field.
  • Nearly 45 percent of our faculty members bring international teaching experience to the classroom.
  • Faculty members provide a mix of research, theory, and application with a focus on teaching and learning.

Financial Facts

  • SCSU is ranked in the top 4 percent most affordable among Forbes' America's Top Colleges sorted by annual cost.
  • Nearly 45 percent of last spring graduates had no loan debt.
  • Graduate assistantships, scholarships, and financial resources assist students as they pursue their degree.
  • Over $112 million in scholarships, grants, loans, and work opportunities are dispersed to students each year.
  • Approximately 20 percent of our graduate students receive assistantships.

Research Offerings

  • SCSU offers a $32.5 million, state-of-the-art Learning Resource Center and smart technology classrooms with wireless network connection.
  • The university offers a wealth of training workshops, writing tutors, statistical consulting, and research assistance to prepare your dissertation.

Intercollegiate Sports

Our Huskies play NCAA Division I men's and women's hockey in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. We have nine men's teams and 10 women's teams competing at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Student Activities

A college education goes beyond the world of the classroom. Enjoy more than 250 student organizations in the arts, language and culture, politics and social concerns, honoraries, academic, religious and spiritual, service, recreational sports, student government, fraternities and sororities to help you meet new friends, develop leadership skills, stay fit, and have fun.

Minnesota Climate

St. Cloud has four distinct seasons with a short spring. Summers are hot, sunny and humid from June to the end of September. Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Autumn is lovely when the air is crisp and cool, with blue skies and sunshine from October through November. Enjoy fall foliage that changes to beautiful colors ranging from yellow to red. Winters in St. Cloud are filled with snow and prone to cold winds. Snow is common in December, January, and February. Come enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and ice skating.


When it coomes to food, there are many options to choose from on campus. St. Cloud and its surrounding cities boast numerous ethnic grocery stores and restaurants from Mexican, Somali, Chinese and Thai to Vietnamese, Nepalese, Japanese, and Indian.


The SCSU Residence Life community is comprised of ten residential halls with more than 3500 students living on-campus. You will have access to the Internet, laser printers, kitchen, and laundry facilities. We provide a variety of living options for students, including gender-based floors, coed floors, traditional residence halls, and apartment living. They are located in the heart of campus.

The St. Cloud community also offers more than 10,000 apartments within a 10-mile radius of campus, some of which are located on the bus lines that SCSU students can ride for FREE.


Students ride St. Cloud Metro buses free with an SCSU student ID.


Public Safety Department responds 24 hours a day to campus safety, security and medical requests.

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