St. Cloud State University (SCSU), the largest of seven state universities in Minnesota, has evolved into one of the leading comprehensive state universities in the Upper Midwest, serving 17,000 students from Minnesota, the nation, and more than 90 countries.
The campus overlooks the Mississippi River in the city of St. Cloud, a regional hub of Central Minnesota with a population of 63,000 in a three-county metropolitan area whose total population is over 263,000. St. Cloud is 70 miles northwest of Minneapolis and St. Paul whose seven-county metropolitan area has a population of 2,800,000. This location, which offers easy access to urban, suburban, and rural areas, provides students with a range of opportunities for clinical and field experiences, internships, and service learning.
St. Cloud State University also serves regional businesses and industries through its centers for applied research in fields such as computer technology, biotechnology, manufacturing engineering, and microelectronics. The university is a major contributor to economic and workforce development, applied research, professional growth, international awareness, community development, and quality of life in Minnesota.
Aerial View of St. Cloud State University campus.