Undergraduate Admissions

Experience Our World

At A Glance

Established in 1869, St. Cloud State University has grown into the largest campus in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system and the second-largest public university in Minnesota.

TYPE OF COLLEGE: A four-year, public, residential, liberal arts and sciences university with 47 academic departments

LOCATION: A 100-acre campus on the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, about an hour from Minneapolis and St. Paul

POPULATION: St. Cloud, which has more than 60,000 residents, is the core city of a three-county Metropolitan Statistical Area with a population of 183,000

STUDENTS:  Fall 2013 enrollment of 16,245, including  1,604 graduate students

ACADEMICS: Nearly 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs; more than 50 graduate programs, including an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration

CALENDAR:  Two 15-week semesters and a summer session that offers more than 900 courses and enrolls nearly 6,000 students

FACULTY:  96 percent of classes are taught by professors


RESIDENTIAL LIFE:  Ten residential communities that can house more than 3,500 students.

ACTIVITIES:  Nearly 250 clubs and organizations

ATHLETICS:  Nine men’s teams and 10 women’s teams compete at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference; the Division I women’s and men’s hockey teams compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association; club sports include rugby, crew, lacrosse, cycling and more

RECREATION:  Offerings include fitness, aquatics, intramurals, rock climbing, outdoor activities and a challenge course; facilities include two pools, two gymnasiums, 200-meter track, year-round turf field, two ice sheets, bowling alley, dance studio, ball diamonds and a student recreation center

COST FOR 2013-14:  In-state tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board is $15,950

FINANCIAL AID:  Students receive more than $122 million in scholarships, grants, loans and student work opportunities each year

Our world is as big or small as you’d like it to be.

  • Our campus is compact, so you can quickly get where you need to be.
  • Our dedicated faculty places teaching first.
  • The university holds nearly every national accreditation.
  • We offer nearly 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs.
  • There are a wealth of opportunities, from engaging internships to education-abroad experiences.
  • You’ll sit side-by-side with international students. More than 1,000 come from about 80 nations. You’ll learn from them. They’ll learn from you.
Students on Campus

At St. Cloud State University, you’ll never feel like you’re going it alone. We have a variety of student services in place to ensure you make the most of your world. If you need assistance mapping your route, there’s help for that, too, at the Advising Center. Whether you’re studying international business overseas in Singapore or helping your residence hall’s Community Council organize a sledding outing, your world at St. Cloud State University is sure to be an adventure in the making.

Receive a Global Education

A global education at St. Cloud State University means acquiring the skills and knowledge to maneuver successfully in the 21st Century. That’s why we offer education-abroad opportunities in about 20 countries. If you want to provide dental examinations for children in Guatemala, we’ll help you make that happen. If you want to study British culture at the Alnwick Castle in England, where the Harry Potter movies were filmed, we can get you there, too.

A global education at St. Cloud State University starts with your desire to know and experience a world larger than your own.

  • Campus Cultural Events
    Participate in events offered by our international programs, organizations and student services and you’ll quickly gain insights into new places and novel ideas.
  • International Education Abroad Programs
    Living and learning in another country will broaden your horizons and change the way you think. The University makes these opportunities affordable and extraordinary. Visit the Center for International Studies to learn more.
  • Student Organizations
    Pursue your personal interests by participating in our clubs and organizations. Explore political and social ideas. Expand your literacy in a culture and language. Develop your talents in a sport or recreation activity. Enhance your interpersonal skills in a Greek sorority or fraternity.

What our students have to say...

Justin Wetzel“If there’s a club or organization that you’re interested in, and it doesn’t exist, you can start it at St. Cloud State. I started the pre-dental club here and we went to Guatemala. We administered fluoride treatments, did checkups, and scheduled appointments for children and their parents to see the dentist we were working with. We even built a house while we were down there. We have more access to do things like starting a club because we’re a small enough college. St. Cloud State is so condensed. If you need to talk to somebody, you can. You don’t have to take a car trip to see them.”

Justin Wetzel
Biomed ’07
Bismarck, N.D.

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