Faculty and staff at St. Cloud State are preparing graduates for work and life in the 21st century. Minnesota's second-largest university, with more than 16,400 students, is located about an hour northwest of Minneapolis, along the oak-crowned west bank of the Mississippi River.
St. Cloud State’s undergraduate programs hold nearly every available national accreditation. Students choose from more than 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, including regional rarities such as aviation, meteorology and geographic information systems.
The School of Graduate Studies offers more than 60 programs, including doctoral degrees in Higher Education Administration and Educational Administration and Leadership, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the acclaimed Herberger Business School.
Master's degrees in regulatory affairs and services and applied clinical research tap a growing demand for professionals who can lead medical device companies through Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and international regulatory processes. Minnesota is home to nearly 600 FDA-approved medical device manufacturers.
Founded in 1869 as a state normal school, St. Cloud State has evolved into a comprehensive university with all the institutions that make college life exciting: events and activities, art galleries, theatre, about 250 clubs and organizations, NCAA athletics, club sports, intramurals, indoor recreation opportunities and outdoor pursuits. The campus nerve center is our state-of-the-art library.
The Four Pillars
Key elements of a St. Cloud State education are:
- 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
- Active 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
- Sustainability in its broadest sense – we must tend to our community as well as the physical environment so that our students can have real opportunities to succeed
- Globalization – 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
St. Cloud State by the Numbers
- Fall 2011 enrollment was 16,457, including 1,670 graduate students.
- The Bridges is a scenic 2.72-mile exercise route.
- Hundreds of courses offered online each semester.
- More than 3,400 degrees conferred in 2011-12.
- Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education has 300 survivor videos.
- Earl H. Potter III is the school’s 22nd president.
- The University’s first building was purchased in 1869 for $3,000.
- National Hockey Center's Section 108 hosts college hockey's fiercest fans.
- Noted economists have spoken at the Winter Institute for more than 50 years.