Saint Cloud State University in Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud, MN

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Saint Cloud State University offers 555-degree programs and 15 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 23:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 82%. The most popular test is SAT - 3% of students submitted it in comparison to 91% of students who submitted ACT. 46.8% are women, and 53.2% are men. 7% percents of international students. Saint Cloud State University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Saint Cloud State University is 14183$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $11439 and $18999 per year. 46% of full-time Saint Cloud State University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $41,600, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Saint Cloud State University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Saint Cloud State University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$10,804
$30,001 - $48,000$11,512
$48,001 - $75,000$13,943
$75,001 - $110,000$16,725

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 4890

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


7011 of Saint Cloud State University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 49 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Saint Cloud State University number 17 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Minnesota.

Students at Saint Cloud State University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Saint Cloud State University.


ROTC - Army

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Saint Cloud State University graduation rate is below the national average.

46% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Saint Cloud State University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This index doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

3 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Saint Cloud State University acceptance rate is above national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 71%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 11%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 67%, so Saint Cloud State University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 15%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Saint Cloud State University full-time retention rate is 72% and part-time retention rate is 59%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it demonstrates that school offers quality curriculum, pleasant student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Saint Cloud State University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
895 - 1145

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 445 - 560
Math: 450 - 585
Writing: 0 - 0

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Saint Cloud State University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
19 - 25

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 18 - 25
Math: 17 - 23
Writing: 6 - 8

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Saint Cloud State University is 23:1, that means that for every 23 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Saint Cloud State University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Saint Cloud State University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Minnesota.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 720 4Th Avenue South address in St Cloud, Minnesota.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Saint Cloud State University with 0.2% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, forcible sex offense, and motor vehicle theft.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Saint Cloud State University offers 555 programs in total: 306 are for Bachelor's degree, 159 - for Master's degree, 57 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 15 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, 6 - for Associate's degree, 6 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, 3 - for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs, and 3 are Post-master's certificate.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 141 universities in Minnesota state, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree. Saint Cloud State University is one of the few institutions in Minnesota that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 15 distance learning programs that are provided in the Saint Cloud State University: 12 are for Master's degree and 3 are 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Minnesota state average data to help you compare.


Saint Cloud State University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 10466 students with 313992 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1154 with 27692 credit hours.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Saint Cloud State University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

I have to take classes I don’t need. Most advisors are no help. Students here are given no homecoming and every “break” had assigned homework to go with it. The professors are also no help and are usually very poor educators.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

This university steals money from students by telling them to take classes they didn't need for their degree. I have spent about $5,000 on math classes that are not part of my major.Literally the only good thing about this school is its diversity. Any other college in the entire state of Minnesota would be better than SCSU in EVERY other way.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Low tuition and a great ABET accredited engineer program. Plenty of stuff to do on campus besides party but that is an option as well. Nice balanced viewpoints compared to other schools.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Giving your school a one star review bc Minnesota State Mankato is gonna crush ya in hockey in a few wks. Lets go Mavs! Also, a few of us just stole your Huskie mascot's head and are using it as punch bowl for a whop-Drinking party later this wkd for a going away party for our buddy Chad. Just letting you know, someone can pick it up from a garbage in Kato sometime next wk.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I agree 100% with Joseph Reiter's opinion of this University. All of what he said is true. I graduated from SCSU in the Spring of 2015, so I can vouch for his opinion.This University is for "Worldly People" and Christian viewpoints are not accepted; these viewpoints include abstinence from sex and alcohol, pro-life, and being republican/conservative.I am a Christian and found living on campus very difficult. People thought and still continue to think the only sociable thing to do is drinking, partying, doing drugs, or having sex. The guys will not date you unless you want to have sex. Since I want to give my husband, someday, something that I can give no other man but him, I did not follow what most people did on the St.Cloud campus. It was hard for me to stand strong with this viewpoint, but I survived.This University is all about "tolerance" for every religion, but you all of a sudden "go-against-the-grain" when you have values and morals and want to stand-up for what you believe in, because people at St. Cloud don't want to hear about it. So, this University contradicts itself. Religion is not talked about in open conversations on campus and is frowned upon, which is sad when it is an important topic for many people to talk about, and yet this University claims to "accept" all people.I do not force my beliefs on other people, because I think that would be morally wrong, and yet when I'd talk to others openly about my faith or being a Christian, because this is my identity, it was still frowned upon. What people choose to believe is their choice, all I can do is tell them my story and how much Jesus loves all of us, but after that It's all in their hands if they accept Him into their lives or not.If you are a person with personal beliefs, morals and values, and you want to do the supposed-to-be simple thing of sharing who you and what you believe in with others, this campus is not for you. I HIGHLY recommend you look elsewhere if you do. Even though there is CRU and other Christian outreach groups on campus, your chances of finding LASTING Christian friends is low.I transferred to this University, from Bethel University, as a sophomore and it is a shame that students here look at you funny if you say you had the time of your life doing EVERYTHING but drinking or going to parties with alcohol/drugs present. If people could get it through their heads that there are way more fun things to do with your time than to waste it drinking, partying, having sex or doing drugs, then this campus would have been a way better place to live.At Bethel University you feel like you are a part of a community of people who welcome you with open arms. And even if you weren't a Christian they would still accept you, no questions asked. There are lovely dances there that are comfy-casual, that are nothing like the awkward Middle School or High School dances but something that are highly looked forward to. The food is 10x better in the cafeteria at Bethel than in Garvey at St. Cloud. At Bethel is was not required to worship, like at other Christian campuses, but everybody would go because they WANTED to. Christmas Break was a lot longer at Bethel. Teachers prayed for you before exams and cheered you on to try your best. Not ONE of my teachers was rude or mean and I've had many mean teachers at St. Cloud. The teachers at Bethel were understanding, gave GREAT advice, were more flexible/forgiving, and were very kind. I felt as though I was part of a family at Bethel, and one that I could HIGHLY rely on, where-as at St. Cloud you fend for yourself.If I could have afforded to stay @ Bethel University I would have, but unfortunately as the oldest of 4 children - I had to prioritize and choose a school that my parents didn't have to pitch-in as much money and a school that helps me stay in less debt after college. If not for those reasons, I would not have gone to St. Cloud.If you are reading this message, I highly advise you look at another college or University. St. Cloud State is not a very welcoming place to live.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 720 Fourth Ave. South


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +3203080121

Institution is active in current year: 1

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