School of Graduate Studies


Graduate Student Life

Your life as a St. Cloud State graduate student isn't confined by campus boundaries.

Students find many resources in the St. Cloud area. The community and the campus also partner on events throughout the year.

Our students are well served by a strong metro transit system, welcoming community events, competitive schools and easy access to recreational activities for adults and children.

We offer support and opportunity for students on campus and at remote locations such as St. Cloud State at Plymouth.

Community Resources

Although graduate school can be consuming, effective stress-management demands down time.

Explore our St. Cloud community to help you make the most of your life away from your desk. You'll find information on:

  • Entertainment
  • Activities and events
  • Recreation
  • Schools and government
  • Off-campus housing

Additional Resources



As a St. Cloud State University student you have free access to all city buses.

The Metro Bus U-Pass Free Ride program allows all enrolled students to have unlimited fixed route bus service throughout the St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Sartell and Waite Park area to St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical and Community College campuses.

Use your student ID or a Free Ride U-Pass.

The bus lines service many popular locations including shopping centers, grocery stores and downtown.


Childcare and Parent Support

Lindgren Childcare Center provides childcare on campus.

Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) Childcare Grant Information

Post-secondary Childcare Grant Program (Minnesota Residents only)

Milestones and ChildCare Aware provide information about available childcare services in Central Minnesota and throughout the state.

Lactation spaces are available in five buildings on campus.

Our Minnesota Student Parent Support Initiative serves pregnant and parenting St. Cloud State University students and their families with resources and support.


For your on-campus medical needs, visit the Medical Clinic.

Distance Students

St. Cloud State graduate students earn their degrees through traditional, online, blended and distance-learning formats.

No matter what delivery method, you will be included in all communications from the School of Graduate Studies.


Student ID cardStudent ID Cards

  • Online-only students can request a student ID card by uploading an individual headshot on a light background (no hats, sunglasses etc.). Login to account management with your StarID and password.
  • Standard practice is to pick up your ID card. If you are an online or distance student, please forward your email notification indicating your card is ready for pick-up to and include your current mailing address and we can pick-up and mail your card to you.
  • Plymouth students should follow these directions.

Technology Assistance


Sometimes the stress of graduate studies is best relieved by sharing the experience with others facing the same issues.


Graduate Student Organization

The graduate student organization, which meets biweekly, is a connection for graduate students. Members:

  • Meet fellow graduate students and participate together in campus activities (recreation, events, volunteering etc.)
  • Link graduate students to opportunities to perfect professional skills (workshops, presentations etc.)
  • Create effective relationships between administration, faculty and graduate students.
  • Connect on Facebook.

Student Services

Student Life and Development

Get Involved on Campus

Huskies Athletics

HuskiesConnect -- tool to explore organizations, events, and track your involvement

Campus Recreation