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 undergraduate students 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 offering 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 a huge number of students. This indicator 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 perception. 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 included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it shows that school has quality curriculum, positive 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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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
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 education programs that are offered 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 require on-campus meetings. So look carefully into 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

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Overall Rating:

Beautiful building. We moved my friends daughter into her dorm room and I was amazed. It was huge and modern. I didn't take a picture because she's sharing with 3 other girls. I must say she is very happy she chose St Cloud State University.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Want a life full of student debt, forcing you to pay for student loans for NOTHING because you can't get a job with your degree? This is the school for you.. when deciding what I was going to major in, a major resource for me was looking at the degree website on SCSU to see what the employment rates are, what types of jobs I could get with my degree .. just to find out the jobs listed on the Community Psychology degree were jobs you can get with a Master's Degree. Why are the jobs on the website under this degree listed when they are all Grad School programs? This school is an absolute joke. I am now paying over $350 PER MONTH, for absolutely NOTHING. I have applied for tons and tons of jobs with my Bachelor's Degree and I cannot get a job. If you want poor communication from the professors here, little to no guidance from the advisors, and staff that have no idea what they are doing, this is the school for you. I am so disappointed with this school and extremely sad that I am now paying for a degree that I can do nothing with.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Your desired career will determine if Saint Cloud State is the right fit for you. They have a great business program and offer some great masters degrees, but for liberal arts and sciences you are better off going to one of the other Minnesota State Schools.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I'm a recent graduate with a Master's degree. There are several opportunities on campus for students to grow into their craft. I took advantage of many of them, and I'm happy I did. I'm also happy with the choice I made in applying to their graduate program. I believe I came out of the program a better person, and now, I feel more confident in contributing my experiences into the world. There were some great teachers who were supportive through my journey, even during the tough times.There are also various organizations for students to get involved in the community. While I didn't take advantage of them as much as I wanted, I'm happy to know that they exist. Regarding which ones are better than the others, that's up for individual interpretation and how they feel fit to their lives. Atwood Memorial Center is the best, but not the only, way to find these organizations.Those of you who are concerned about the review left by Goodle User, rest assured that the employee he/ she/ they reviewed about does not work there anymore. Therefore, you'll never have to worry about running into her.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Some many negatives of individuals not really understanding what college is. St. Cloud is great. Atmosphere, culture, location (river is awesome) and other benefits. A lot of reviewers want post grad degrees handed to them. You're not paying Harvard, MIT tuition. Education is about effort you put into it. If you have complaints about faculty, outcomes and expectations, look inside. Please leave food grades out of it. Irrelevant.

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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