Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud State University

Founded in 1869, St. Cloud State University, or SCSU, is a four year university. It is a part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. The university enrolls more than 19,000 students each term. It offers over 60 bachelor's degree programs and more than 40 Master's degree programs in diverse fields of study. SCSU is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • Center for Continuing Studies
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts and Humanities
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • College of Social Sciences
  • G.R. Herberger College of Business

The University operates a radio station, KVSC 88.1 FM. It also has more than 15 Division II sports teams and is a member of the North Central Conference. Husky is their official mascot.

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Contacting Saint Cloud State

Saint Cloud State University
720 Fourth Ave. South
Saint Cloud , MN 56301-4498
General Phone: (320) 308-0121

Saint Cloud State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management686business, business management, non-profit management, accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, MIS, marketing, ...
Liberal Arts562Latin American studies, women's studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, international studies, ...
Education and Teaching551curriculum and instruction, educational administration, higher education administration, instructional media design, special ed, education of emotionally disturbed, education of physically impaired, education of learning disabled, education of autistic, ...
Therapy and Counseling288psychology, clinical psychology, community psychology, organizational psychology, communication disorders, substance abuse counseling, community health services, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling ...
Media235communication studies, mass communication
Science156biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, cell biology, biotechnology, ecology, aquatic biology, science and society, meteorology, ...
Security and Law Enforcement108criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety
Family and Social Work70public administration, social work
Engineering69electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, engineering management
Computer Science and Engineering61computer and info science, computer networking, computer security, computer engineering
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy55parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, sports and fitness management, exercise science, vocational counseling
Nursing and Emergency Medicine43registered nursing
Fine Arts41fine arts, art history and criticism
Real Estate and Construction Management31real estate
Transportation28aviation tech
Conservation and Resource Management20environmental studies
Engineering Technician20surveying tech
Art Studies13art studies
Music10music, music performance
Photography and Commercial Art10film studies
Medical Support and Technology8nuclear medical tech, radiation therapist, clinical lab tech
Drama and Performing Arts6drama
Mathematics6mathematics, statistics
Religion and Philosophy5philosophy
Medical Administration1public health education

Number of programs and degrees for Saint Cloud State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,41293
Master's degree42441
Postbaccalaureate certificate14611
Post-master's certificate21
Award of less than 1 academic year42
Associate's degree1001

Saint Cloud State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Saint Cloud State had a total enrollment of 16,940 students (14,148 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 87%
Graduate 13%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 80%
Black 3%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 8%
18-19 24%
20-21 25%
22-24 22%
25-29 10%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Saint Cloud State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 72 %
Part-Time 36 %

Saint Cloud State Room and Board (2007)

Saint Cloud State offers campus housing for 3,028 of its 14,148 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of St. Cloud, Minnesota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Minnesota Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Saint Cloud State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT88%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Saint Cloud State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,147
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,474
Room and board $ 5,770
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 2,884

Financial Aid:
Saint Cloud State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 237700)

Saint Cloud State Faculty

Saint Cloud State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track6967
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3854

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year127$86,07894$78,687
Associate professoracademic year70$68,61049$65,024
Assistant professoracademic year97$59,97494$59,099
Instructoracademic year5$45,22915$44,030
All faculty totalacademic year299$72,837252$66,661

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Saint Cloud State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports5295147

Saint Cloud State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Systems Security

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms
Education/Teaching Individuals - Orthopedic/Oth Phys Impairments
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of Individuals Who are Developmentally Delayed
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
German Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
History Teacher Education
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering/Industrial Management
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Surveying Technology/Surveying

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Applied Economics
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Public Health Education and Promotion

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist


Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy

Aquatic Biology/Limnology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Physics, General
Science, Technology and Society

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Communication Disorders, General
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Community Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General

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