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Saint Cloud, MN 56301-4498
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Saint Cloud State University

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Introduction

With over 16,000 students, St. Cloud State University is the largest of the public schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and University System. According to the mission statement, the university “is committed to excellence in teaching, learning, and service, fostering scholarship and enhancing collaborative relationships in a global community.” It is classed as a Master’s College and University I by the Carnegie Institute.

History

The university was founded in 1869 as a normal school. Over the years it grew a strong reputation as a teacher’s college. Full university status was granted in 1975, around the same time that St. Cloud developed strengths in hockey and mechanical engineering.

Academics

Academic tracks of study include more than 175 majors, minors, and pre-professional degree programs. All students receive a firm grounding in the liberal arts and a student-centered education, with a focus on individual attention and small class sizes. Seventy-five percent of faculty hold the terminal degree in their field, and classes are taught personally by professors and not teachers assistants (TAs).

Undergraduate programs are divided among five colleges: the G.R. Herberger College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts and Humanities, the College of Science and Engineering, and the College of Social Sciences. The schools of business and education are nationally recognized as particularly outstanding programs. The five most popular undergraduate degrees are elementary education, psychology, mass communications, business computer information systems, and biology. There is also a Graduate School, a Center for Continuing Studies, and a Center for International Studies.

Graduate programs include master’s level programs in applied statistics, business, counseling education, English, exercise science, geography, public history, information media, social responsibility, and music. There are also licensure and certificate programs, largely in education but also including gerontology, chemical dependency, geography, and marriage and family therapy. The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree is offered through the College of Education in educational administration and leadership. The university is developing a master’s program in nursing.

Accreditation is granted by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Outstanding Fields

Two of the most popular fields of study at the university are business and education. The Herberger College of Business is one of only three colleges of business in the state of Minnesota to have both its undergraduate and graduate business programs nationally accredited. The education program is the top producer of new educators in the country. Sixteen different subject areas are accredited for new educators to specialize in. SCSU was the first in the nation to meet standards set by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE 2000), and to conduct website visits and totally open exit interviews for NCATE accreditation teams to report to faculty and administration.

Honors Program

Students who seek admission to the undergraduate Honors Program need to meet the following requirements: be in the top 10% of their graduating class, have good writing ability and test scores, and be involved in community and school activities. Once admitted to the Honors Program, students will take smaller courses, have priority registration, be able to live in the Honors dorm if they wish, and have the opportunities for study abroad and formal research presentation at Honors Conferences. They also have the option to attend a special program at Oxford University in England.

EAOP

The Engage Academic Opportunity Program, which helps with the retention and academic success of Native American students.

Admissions

The admissions policy dictates that the university will consider a combination of high school class rank, high school grade point average, courses completed, standardized test scores, and other indicators of academic potential or merit. As long as space is available, students who graduate in the top half of their high school class or who score 25 on the ACT or 1140 on the SAT can be assured of admission. The Admissions Committee must review the applications from those students who were home schooled or who are applying with a GED rather than a high school diploma.

In general, applicants should have completed high school courses as follows: English, mathematics through algebra and geometry, history and social studies (including one year of American history and one year of geography), science (including biology, a physical science, and laboratory work), two units of a foreign language, and one year of electives. Students who have not met the required collection of high school coursework may be required to make that coursework up or in some other way demonstrate their level of skill or competency in those areas.

Students applying to the graduate programs at St. Cloud State University should consult the individual department and/or school to which they are applying. General requirements include the GRE or other appropriate test scores (such as the GMAT), three letters of recommendation, and a bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of at least 2.75. The graduate application deadline varies with the department.

Transfer students and international students will have varying requirements depending upon their prior educational background.

Financial Aid

The financial aid office helps fund nearly 10,000 students’ educations each year. Institutional aid is available for both merit-based and need-based applicants. Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans. Many students take advantage of loan options in particular, including Federal Stafford Loans and Minnesota State Loans. All borrowers must complete entrance counseling as a condition of their loan. Work-study programs are also available for students with demonstrated need, and other students can obtain regular part-time employment on campus. Students who seek financial aid will need to fill out the Federal Student Financial Aid Form, available on-line.

Graduate students may also receive financial aid in the form of teaching or research assistantships, including a stipend and a waiver of some or all of the tuition and other fees. Graduate students should consult with their individual department about what sort of assistantships or fellowships are available and about the details of the application process. There are several university wide scholarships for graduate students, and a dozen departments also offer departmental scholarships.

Students applying from out of state and graduate students have higher costs. Students from Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, or Nebraska pay reduced out-of state tuition rates.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Students

The campus is home to more than 200 student organizations. The Center for Student Organizations and Leadership Development coordinates all student organizations, and also provides leadership development services and oversees operations of all Greek organizations. There are also more than 3100 residential students in eight different residence halls and the Stateview Apartments.

Student life includes opportunities in a diverse range of activities and organizations. There are fraternities and sororities, academic and professional groups, religious organizations, political groups, cultural organization, and special interest groups such as the Dramatic Action group or the Bowling Club. There is a student radio station and a student television station, as well as a student newspaper.

The Atwood Memorial Center on campus offers a variety of evening entertainments, including a Repertory Dance Theatre and an annual film series. There is also an art gallery with exhibits, guest lectures, and workshops.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The St. Cloud State Huskies compete in the NCAA Division I (for men’s and women’s hockey) and Division II (all other sports), the North Central Conference (NCC), and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). The Huskies field teams in baseball, football, golf, Nordic skiing, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, wrestling, and men’s and women’s basketball and hockey.

The Athletics Department is home to high quality athletic facilities, including the National Hockey Center, Halenback Hall (basketball, volleyball, wrestling), Husky Stadium (football, soccer, winter sports), and Selke and Putz Fields (softball and baseball). Recreational athletes can take advantage of intramural opportunities, sports equipment rental, Outdoor Endeavors, the Husky Challenge Course, or the Mountain Dew Xtreme Climbing Wall. The Huskies’ new Yellow Bike Project provides community-use bicycles for everyone on campus, free of charge or maintenance worries, provided participants do not damage the bike, obey all bicycle laws, and always wear a helmet.

Student athletes receive academic support from the university in the form of tutoring, advising, and other activities as part of the Athletes for Success in the Classroom program.

Local Community

The campus is located in St. Cloud, Minnesota, which has a population of approximately 59,000; neighboring cities bring the area population to 133,000. It is located on the Mississippi River, 70 mile northwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The town has a number of beautifully manicured public gardens and parks, along with the Stearns History Museum. The Paramount Theater offers drama, music, and other forms of entertainment for the town. The St. Cloud River Bats are a summer league baseball team that offers all the historical enjoyment of the game.

Information Summary

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.02
Robbery 3 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 18 0.10
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 5 0.03

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Saint Cloud, MN 56301-4498
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population29,030 (22,561 urban / 6,469 rural)
Households9,888 (2.66 people per house)
Median Household Income$41,281
Families5,702 (3.14 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2706

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1495th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,584 $6,584 $14,226
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $930 $930 $930
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $219 $219 $474
FT Graduate Tuition $6,895 $6,895 $10,777
FT Graduate Required Fees $747 $747 $747
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $345 $345 $539
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,002 $19,002 $26,644
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,002 $19,002 $26,644
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,766 $11,766 $19,408

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,105 $7,472 $7,105 $7,472 $14,401 $15,114
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,662 $6,994
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,130 $3,052
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,662 $6,994
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,130 $3,052
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,130 $3,052

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$20
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,638 (2,607 male / 3,031 female)
Admitted 4,900 (2,185 male / 2,715 female)
Admission rate 87%
First-time Enrollment 1,703 (781 male / 922 female)
FT Enrollment 1,662 (760 male / 902 female)
PT Enrollment 41 (21 male / 20 female)
Total Enrollment16,765

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

ACT Test Admission

978th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 92%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24

SAT Test Admission

698th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 3%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 435 / 548
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 590
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 875 / 1138

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,039
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$4,476
Board Fee$2,760

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 277 108 51 72 3 2,590 94 3,277
Accounting 11 2 2 59 2 76
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General 2 1 1 23 2 31
Anthropology 2 1 10 13
Applied Behavior Analysis 3 1 1 2 23 1 31
Applied Economics 5 3 8
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 1
Art Teacher Education 5 7
Art/Art Studies, General 9 1 10
Athletic Training/Trainer 8 8
Biochemistry 1 3 7 11
Biology Teacher Education 8 1 9
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 1 29 2 36
Biomedical Sciences, General 3 5 2 56 67
Biotechnology 4 1 2 7
Business Administration and Management, General 17 3 6 4 175 6 214
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics 4 17 21
Chemistry Teacher Education 2 2
Chemistry, General 9 10
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 8 2 7 18
Clinical Research Coordinator 1 1 1 3
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 1 12 13
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 2 35 1 40
Communication, General 2 2 2 54 60
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 5 8 20 1 34
Community Psychology 1 2 2 2 94 5 107
Computer Engineering, General 3 6 9
Computer Science 16 1 3 5 25
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 3 11 1 15
Counseling Psychology
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 16 1 18
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 17 17
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 1 2 1 2 86 106
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis 4 1 5
Curriculum and Instruction 8 8
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 3
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1 35 37
Ecology 28 28
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 1 1 2
Economics, General 6 8 14
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs 4 4
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism 25 1 26
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances 1 1 22 3 27
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation 17 1 20
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Orthopedic and Other Physical Health Impairments 2 2
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 28 2 31
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 32 3 36
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Educational/Instructional Technology 1 9 1 11
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 23 2 1 13 1 41
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 2 2 3 94 1 107
Engineering/Industrial Management 34 1 3 10 2 51
English Language and Literature, General 9 3 22 3 37
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 1 1 3 57 66
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 9 9
Environmental Science 1 8 9
Environmental Studies 1 1 17 19
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 9 11
Finance, General 18 5 1 4 66 1 96
Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 35 1 40
French Language Teacher Education
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1 3 2 6
Geography 1 13 16
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 3 4
German Language Teacher Education 1 1
German Language and Literature 2 2
Gerontology 1 6 7
Health Teacher Education 13 13
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 7 8
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 2 1 3 11 17
History Teacher Education 1 1
History, General 1 18 20
Human Development and Family Studies, General 1 1
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 2 2
Hydrology and Water Resources Science 2 2
Industrial Technology/Technician 1 1 13 16
Industrial and Organizational Psychology 5 5
Information Science/Studies
Insurance 1
International Business/Trade/Commerce 8 1 1 1 12 24
International Relations and Affairs 2 8 11 21
International/Global Studies 1 3 4
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 3 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 3 3 3 127 11 157
Management Information Systems, General 17 1 1 2 30 1 52
Manufacturing Engineering 2 4 6
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 8 1 3 2 74 1 91
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 1 1 1 1 13 2 19
Mass Communication/Media Studies 5 5 2 3 100 1 119
Mathematics Teacher Education 5 5
Mathematics, General 2 7 1 10
Mechanical Engineering 5 1 16 23
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 7 8
Meteorology 17 17
Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation 4 4
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 5 8 4 2 117 9 146
Music Performance, General 2 1 3
Music Teacher Education 6 6
Music, General 1 1 9 11
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 1 1
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 2 2
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 3 26 1 30
Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs 11 1 12
Philosophy 8 8
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 2
Physics Teacher Education
Physics, General 2 2 4
Political Science and Government, General 1 17 2 21
Psychology, General 2 5 1 3 96 113
Public Administration 1 1 1 3
Reading Teacher Education 1 5 6
Real Estate 8 8
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 7 5 1 2 60 1 77
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist 4 16 20
Science, Technology and Society 3 1 5
Social Sciences, General 2 2
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 24 26
Social Work 4 6 2 1 82 2 99
Sociology 1 1 12 1 16
Sociology and Anthropology 2 6 8
Spanish Language Teacher Education 2 3 5
Spanish Language and Literature 13 13
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 43 1 47
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 1 8 2 12
Statistics, General 7 1 7 15
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 1 32 3 37
Surveying Technology/Surveying 11 11
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 6 6
Tourism and Travel Services Management 2 1 1 23 27
Urban Studies/Affairs 4 5
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 8 1 9
Women's Studies 1 1 7 9

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1058th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $74,016 ($76,151 male / $69,521 female)
Number of FT Faculty 459 (258 male / 201 female)
Number of PT Faculty 727
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $14,930,000
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