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St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud State University
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 2014 enrollment of 15,416, including 1,664 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 2014-15: In-state tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board is $16,302

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

St. Cloud State students are passionate about their school. From cheering on the football team at Husky Stadium to attending events that feature art and music of St. Cloud State students and alumni, we're always looking for ways to show our pride in our school and the greater community.

Every year, the University sponsors events designed to bring students together to celebrate our unique traditions, spirit and culture. The Celebrate! St. Cloud State program is a year-long series of athletic, art and academic events designed by and for alumni, students, community members and employees. By staying involved in their campus community, St. Cloud State students demonstrate their support and care for their school and its unique culture.

Always Something to Do

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 at the Atwood Theatre or break a sweat on our indoor climbing wall. Grab a salad at Garvey Commons dining hall or dine at one of the 14 restaurants in Atwood Memorial Center. From cultural events to community organizations and even intramural sports, we keep our minds, bodies and hearts engaged.

Clubs & Organizations

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. Can't find a club that fits? We'll help you start one yourself.


Besides being a fun way to stay fit, athletics can help develop leadership skills that will allow you to succeed long after you have finished playing the game. That's why we encourage our students to get involved in some sort of personal recreation during their time here.

Whether you're on an athletic scholarship to play for one of our Division I and II teams or just looking to join an intramural team and have fun with friends after class, you'll have plenty of opportunities to get in the game.

Cultural Activities

We make it easy for you to explore your interests and get exposure to different cultural perspectives and experiences. As part of our mission to foster an open, diverse and inclusive campus community, our programs are designed to promote understanding and mutual respect among students of all backgrounds. Whether it's hearing a presentation about a foreign country or sampling traditional cuisine at one of our student-sponsored Cultural Nights, the St. Cloud State campus is the perfect place to broaden your horizons.

Art Everywhere

Art can be found around every corner at St. Cloud State. Prominent galleries include the Atwood Gallery which features regional and touring artists.