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Saint Cloud State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the degree programs offered at Saint Cloud State University in Saint Cloud, MN. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud State University (SCSU) is the second largest university in the state and sits just over 60 miles northwest of Minneapolis on the Mississippi River. It was established as a teacher training school in 1869 and became a university in 1975. SCSU offers over 200 programs within its 6 primary colleges and schools, including 60 graduate degrees and more than 30 study abroad programs in 19 countries.

The Huskies of SCSU play NCAA Division I men's and women's hockey, and the school offers several intercollegiate and intramural sports, including rugby, golf and Nordic skiing. SCSU students can also participate in a wide range of activities through about 250 student organizations.


SCSU consists of the Herberger Business School, the School of Education, the School of Health and Human Services, the College of Science and Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Public Affairs. Along with the traditional courses available in these schools, SCSU offers evening, weekend, and online classes through the Center for Continuing Studies. Successful undergraduates have the option of applying for the University Honors Program. This program allows access to different scholarships, living options, and research opportunities and works in tandem with any academic major or minor.

Several programs and colleges at the university have career-specific accreditation, including Herberger's accreditation by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Additionally, the College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Health Services Laboratory has earned accreditation from the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA). SCSU is committed to diversity and cultural encouragement, as well as academics, and hosts the American Indian Center, Athletes for Success in the Classroom program, Intensive English Center for international students, and Multicultural Student Services, among other programs.


Aspiring undergraduates wishing to apply to SCSU need to submit an application (either online or by mail), a $20 application fee, high school transcripts, and ACT or SAT scores. Non-traditional and unranked students may apply; however, the school guarantees admission to applicants with at least a 21 for the ACT Composite Score (or 980 for the SAT exam) and who have graduated in the top 50% of their high school class as long as there is available space. Students seeking scholarships or entry into the Honors Program should apply by January 25th.

Interested graduate students can also submit an online application with a $35 application fee. Graduate applications should include 3 academic recommendations, a copy of the student's transcript, GRE or GMAT scores, and other materials required by an applicant's specific program. The MBA program requires that applicants take the GMAT; all other graduate-level programs require the GRE.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As a public institution, SCSU has different tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students, as well as different rates for graduate and undergraduate students. Undergraduate tuition and fees for residents of Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas was $3,736 per semester (based on a 15-credit course load) for the 2012-13 school year. The Midwest Student Exchange rate for students from Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Nebraska was $5,382 per semester, while students from other states paid $7,556 per semester. In-state tuition for most full-time (12 credits) graduate students was $4,478 per semester, which was extended to residents of the Dakotas, Wisconsin and Manitoba, Canada. Some graduate programs have a higher per-credit rate and fee.

SCSU offers scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study opportunities to help undergraduates afford their education. About 25% of full-time graduate students earn graduate assistantships to help with their expenses; an assistantship is usually 20 hours of work per week.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Certificate programs; associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral degrees**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 17,604 students (15,879 undergraduates) in fall 2011**
Student Housing 10 residential communities housing about 3,500 students*
Schools & Programs 6 colleges; over 200 academic programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 24:1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Business Administration and Management, General (167)
Master's: Business Administration and Management, General (81) **
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 22% in 4 years
48% in 6 years
(for students who began in fall 2005)**
Admission Rate 90% in 2011**
Entering Class Size About 1,900 in fall 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 69% (full-time students in 2010)
63% (part-time students in 2010)**
ACT scores of admitted students In 2011: The middle 50% of students earned a composite score of 19-24 **
Undergraduate Application Due Date Fall semester: Early admission deadline is December 15, scholarship and Honors applications are due by January 25, final application deadline is May 1.*
Decision Notification Date Within 2 to 3 weeks of application*
Tuition In 2012-2013: $7,472 per year for MN, WI, SD & ND undergraduates
$15,112 per year for out-of-state undergraduates (both figures include university fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (36%), state and local grants/scholarships (36%), institutional grants/scholarships (13%), federal loans (67%), other student loans (18%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 83% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Saint Cloud State University, **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Info

  • Address: St. Cloud State University, Office of Admissions, AS 115, 720 4th Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498
  • Phone: (877) 654-7278 or (320) 308-3981
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