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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  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
    C+
  12. Safety
    C+
St. Cloud State is a public university located in St. Cloud, Minnesota. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 8,373 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.
About St. Cloud State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Address
720 Fourth Ave. South
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
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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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
86%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
960-1190
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$13,684/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,987/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,631/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,713/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,358/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,086/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
21:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
69%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.72 responses
55%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.83 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.83 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,373Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 58 responses
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  • There is potential.
    33%
  • Busy
    24%
  • Self- Motivated
    19%
  • Driven
    16%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Hard working
    3%
  • Outgoing
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.85 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.108 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 58 responses
Report
  • Think. Do. Make a difference
    43%
  • Diverse
    24%
  • Average
    19%
  • Unique
    7%
  • Fast-paced
    2%
  • Home away from home
    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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St. Cloud State University Reviews

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St. Cloud State University is a very affordable and reasonable school. The campus is not very organized or impressive in any way, but for $3,000-$4,000 per semester, the value is incredible! I have had nothing but great experiences with the professors and students thus far. My main complaint is with disorganization in the administration and a relatively high amount of crime for a school that is not located in a large city.
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St. Cloud State offers a very close community when you find involvement on campus. My experience here was very worthwhile even I had faced many challenges during my college years, there were so many outside resources for students to reach out for any help needed. The faculty/staff and advisors do a really great job mentoring the students here and guiding them to the right path.
On top of that, SCSU's president, Robbyn Wacker, is truly a genuine, caring, and supporting leader who cares about the students on campus. She has created a welcoming atmosphere for us students on campus that helps create a close community among each other.
Think. Do. Make a Difference. That is the motto of my current college, St. Cloud State University. Here, the professors genuinely enjoy the field that they were teaching and want their students to succeed in it, too. Within the first month of the 2016-2017 academic school year, there have been a number of different events for students to attend in which they can meet other students, enjoy free activities, and have an involvement on campus. As recently reported on the news, my community has recently undergone a traumatic occurrence at the local mall ten minutes away. Eight people were stabbed, none of which were students at the university, and the assailant was killed on site. Since this, the community has really come together to work through this difficult time. Within the past few days, the school has offered many opportunities for gatherings in which students and faculty could find some light in this time of darkness. The school genuinely cares. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for an affordable, amazing college experience. St. Cloud State University is a school that I would choose time and time again. Go, Huskies!