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Saint Cloud State University Overview

Saint Cloud State University is a public institution situated in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. The city atmosphere of Saint Cloud makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Saint Cloud State University Known For?

2,273 Undergraduate Awards
$24,742 Avg Cost After Aid
86% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at St. Cloud State University have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 5%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at St. Cloud State University is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 64% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, St. Cloud State University bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $44,200 a year. That's about 8% more than their peers at other schools.

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Saint Cloud State University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at St. Cloud State University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Sociology & Anthropology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Mental & Social Health Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best General Biology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards St. Cloud State University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#30 Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#30 Best General Biology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#65 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#66 Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#73 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#95 Best Value Colleges for Health Professions College Factual

Where Is Saint Cloud State University?

Location of Saint Cloud State University

Contact details for St. Cloud State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 720 Fourth Ave. South, Saint Cloud, MN 56301-4498
Phone: 320-308-0121
Website: www.stcloudstate.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stcloudstate
Twitter: https://twitter.com/stcloudstate

How Do I Get Into St. Cloud State University?

You can apply to St. Cloud State University online at: www.stcloudstate.edu/scsu4u/admissions/

Admission Requirements for St. Cloud State University

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into St. Cloud State University?

86% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
2% Submit SAT Scores
Since St. Cloud State University has an acceptance rate of 86%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 44% of accepted students are men and 56% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 84%, and the acceptance rate for women is 87%.

Average Test Scores

About 2% of students accepted to St. Cloud State University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 465 and 600. Math scores were between 493 and 588.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Saint Cloud State University  ( 465 to 600 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Saint Cloud State University  ( 493 to 588 )
200
800
St. Cloud State University received ACT scores from 90% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 23. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 18 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Saint Cloud State University  ( 16 to 23 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Saint Cloud State University  ( 18 to 25 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Saint Cloud State University  ( 18 to 24 )
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36

Can I Afford Saint Cloud State University?

$24,742 Net Price
61% Take Out Loans
4.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of St. Cloud State University is $24,742. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At St. Cloud State University, approximately 61% of students took out student loans averaging $7,910 a year. That adds up to $31,640 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at St. Cloud State University is 4.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Saint Cloud State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,844 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 12,128 undergraduate students at St. Cloud State University, with 7,844 being full-time and 4,284 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  St. Cloud State University

There are also 1,800 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,844 full-time undergraduates at St. Cloud State University, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  St. Cloud State University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Saint Cloud State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of St. Cloud State University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 500
Black or African American 577
Hispanic or Latino 317
White 5,112
International Students 964
Other Races/Ethnicities 374

Geographic Diversity

Minnesota students aren't the only ones who study at Saint Cloud State University. At this time, 30 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 93 countries are represented at St. Cloud State University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Nepal, India, and China.

Online Learning at Saint Cloud State University

786 Took All Classes Online
4,264 Took At Least One Class Online
5.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 7 master’s degree programs available online at St. Cloud State University. In 2017-2018, 4,264 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at St. Cloud State University has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 35th most popular in Minnesota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of St. Cloud State University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Saint Cloud State University was 5.2%. This is the #1,655 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at St. Cloud State University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of St. Cloud State University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business, Management & Marketing 2%
Computer Engineering 38%
Education 1%
Educational Administration 21%
Engineering 14%
Engineering Technologies 2%
General Business/Commerce 36%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 8%
Public Administration & Social Service 9%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at St. Cloud State University ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at St. Cloud State University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Electrical Engineering #30
Teaching English or French #43
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #55
Public Administration #69
Engineering #82
Teacher Education Subject Specific #146
Psychology #154
Public Administration & Social Service #155
Educational Administration #192
Criminal Justice & Corrections #296
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #335
Education #468

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Saint Cloud State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 0 123 0 35 0 158
Information Technology 0 0 92 0 66 0 158
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 139 0 10 0 149
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 148 0 0 0 148
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 136 0 0 0 0 136
Social Work 0 0 83 0 45 0 128
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 2 121 0 3 0 126
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 72 0 54 0 126
Marketing 42 0 69 0 0 0 111
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 99 1 0 0 100
Special Education 0 0 36 43 17 0 96
General Biology 0 0 81 0 11 0 92
Nursing 0 0 92 0 0 0 92
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 71 9 8 0 88
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 68 0 12 0 80
Educational Administration 0 0 0 30 20 28 78
General Psychology 0 0 59 0 0 0 59
Computer Science 0 0 44 0 13 0 57
Accounting 0 0 55 0 0 0 55
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 52 0 0 0 52
General English Literature 0 0 35 0 5 0 40
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 37 0 0 0 37
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 0 35 0 35
Allied Health Professions 0 0 34 0 0 0 34
Communication Sciences 0 0 16 0 16 0 32
Political Science & Government 0 0 31 0 0 0 31
Teaching English or French 4 0 0 0 23 0 27
Student Counseling 0 0 0 4 21 0 25
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 24 0 0 0 24
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 12 0 12 0 24
International Relations & National Security 0 0 22 0 0 0 22
Computer Engineering 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Engineering-Related Technologies 8 0 10 0 0 0 18
Public Health 0 0 18 0 0 0 18
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 18 0 0 0 18
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Electrical Engineering 0 0 16 0 1 0 17
Sociology 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 16 0 16
General Business/Commerce 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Recreation Administration 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0 13 0 13
Medical Science 0 0 0 0 13 0 13
Economics 0 0 7 0 6 0 13
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Hospitality Management 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 5 0 0 7 0 0 12
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Management Information Systems 11 0 0 0 0 0 11
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 11 0 11
Real Estate 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Statistics 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Chemistry 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 9 0 9
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 8 0 8
Romance Languages 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
History 0 0 7 0 1 0 8
Health & Physical Education 0 0 3 0 5 0 8
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 2 5 0 7
Physics 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Geography & Cartography 0 0 4 3 0 0 7
Anthropology 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Quality Control Technology 0 0 0 1 4 0 5
Ethnic Studies 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Music 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
International Business 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 4 0 4
Philosophy 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Sociology & Anthropology 0 0 0 0 4 0 4
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Mathematics 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Urban Studies 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Biotechnology 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Information Science 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
International Studies 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Air Transportation 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Insurance 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Area Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Science, Technology & Society 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 70 138 2,065 105 510 28 2,916

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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