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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B-
St. Cloud State is a public university located in St. Cloud, Minnesota. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,844 undergraduate students. The St. Cloud State acceptance rate is 86%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Communications, and Business. Graduating 44% of students, St. Cloud State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,200.
720 Fourth Ave. South
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

St. Cloud State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

St. Cloud State Admissions

Acceptance Rate
86%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
960-1240
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$13,816/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,553/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
69%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.72 responses
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.89 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.89 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
3
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
2
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    27%
  • On Campus
    70%
  • Online
    4%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,844Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4,284
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
40%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 60 responses
  • There is potential.
    35%
  • Busy
    23%
  • Self- Motivated
    20%
  • Driven
    15%
  • Hard working
    3%
  • Outgoing
    2%
  • scared
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.91 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.114 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 64 responses
  • Think. Do. Make a difference
    39%
  • Diverse
    25%
  • Average
    19%
  • Unique
    6%
  • fraudulent
    2%
  • Fast-paced
    2%
  • Interesting
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.50 responses
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My online learning experience with SCSU I will rate as poor. I’ll give it two stars for their MNSCU system that was easy to navigate and get all my class materials from. When nursing school switched to online- it was a mess. I am a hands on learner- hence- NURSING. It’s impossible. You cannot get the full learning opportunity as you would in class or in clinical. My online “clinical simulation“ was just terrible to say the least. We got assigned a virtual patient and you were supposed to ask all these assessment questions- some were very relevant to me (because I was TAUGHT that in school!) that were not to this system! And because I would ask questions it didn’t like, I LOST POINTS. This program is unforgiving when you loose points for stupid sh*t like this. I am simply not impressed. I look forward to a school who has their marbles in a row.
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Even though Saint Cloud State was not my first pick for a college, I rather enjoy campus life and being a college student there. The dorms are nice and almost everyone around campus is super friendly! I've met a lot of cool people and it's been a really nice experience overall! The only part I'm not too big on is the campus dining hall, the food is okay at best, but most of the time it's pretty bland. I'm not too much of a picky eater though, so it doesn't bother me too much.
Coming to St. Cloud has been such a great experience for me. It was a little bit of a shock coming from a different state and not not knowing anyone here. Luckily "Minnesota Nice" is really a thing, I made friends within my first few hours on campus and haven't had a problem since. The small classes are extremely helpful in terms of learning and being able to get to know your professor and peers around you. The buildings are well kept and the school does an excellent job at keeping you involved. On St Cloud's campus they are always doing farmers market, barbecues, raffles, special late night events just for students, sporting events and so much more. There is always something going on, on campus! And even if you miss it, they do a great job of advertising for the next upcoming events. GO Huskies!