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St. Cloud State University is a four-year public university founded in 1869 on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, Minnesotamarker. The university is the largest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system which is the largest single provider of higher education in the state of Minnesota. With more than 20,000 students, St. Cloud State has the second highest enrollment of all the universities in the state of Minnesotamarker. St. Cloud State is a comprehensive university with more than 100,000 alumni worldwide; Two notable alumna include John Stumpf, president and CEO of Wells Fargo & Company, and James Bullard, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.


Granite Pillars at Skalicky Plaza.
St. Cloud State University opened its doors to students in 1869, under the name Third State Normal School. The school consisted of one building, the Stearns House, a renovated hotel purchased by the state Legislature for $3,000. Classrooms were on the first floor, the "model school" was on second floor and a women's dormitory was housed on the third floor. The five-member faculty was headed by Principal Ira Moore. Of the 53 original students, 43 were women. In 1898, the school began offering a junior college curriculum.

In 1914, the school dropped its secondary education program entirely. The legislature authorized a name change in 1921, allowing the school to adopt the name St. Cloud State Teachers College (the word "teachers" was deleted in 1957). The first bachelor's degrees were awarded in 1925, with master's degree programs offered beginning in 1953.

In 1975, St. Cloud State became a university, comprising five colleges and a graduate school. St. Cloud State now confers degrees from its colleges of Business, Education, Fine Arts and Humanities, Science and Engineering, Social Sciences, and the School of Graduate Studies. Building on its rich history as a teacher preparatory college, St. Cloud State has built strong academic programs in other areas. The G.R. Herberger College of Business is recognized as one of the top business colleges in the country and is one of only four in the state that is nationally accredited. Within the past decade, the College of Science and Engineering established and gained full accreditation for its electrical engineering program. It is the only university in Minnesota that offers an ABET accredited Manufacturing Engineering Program. It also offers an ABET accredited Mechanical Engineering program. St. Cloud State University's Master of Engineering Management is the only program in Minnesota that is certified by the American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM).

Previous school names

  • St. Cloud Normal School 1869 - 1921
  • St. Cloud State Teachers College 1921 - 1957
  • St. Cloud State College 1957 - 1975
  • St. Cloud State University 1975 - present


The university was created as a Normal school, then developed college-level programs for teachers. Today it offers more than 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs in five academic colleges. The School of Graduate Studies offers more than 60 graduate programs and certificates leading to specialist, Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Engineering Management, Master of Music, Master of Science degrees and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration. A new graduate program of note is the master's in regulatory affairs & services, one of five programs offering classes at the university's Twin Cities Graduate Center in Maple Grove, Minn.

St. Cloud State has about 20 study-abroad programs, including a year-around program at Alnwick Castlemarker in northern Englandmarker.

Colleges and schools

St. Cloud State offers more than 200 undergraduate and more than 60 graduate programs of study through five colleges

Student Life

Students at St. Cloud State are exposed to a vibrant culture of life and activities at the University. At the beginning of each academic year students are invited to "Mainstreet," an event held on campus, to peruse student organizations and groups as well as those offered by the community
Map of the St. Cloud State campus.

Residence Halls

Nearly 20 percent of St. Cloud State students live in one of the eight traditional residence halls or in an apartment-style hall on campus. In August 2010, as a part of Fifth Avenue Live, St. Cloud State will open a new residence hall that will house 455 students in high-amenity, high-security apartments with underground parking.

Traditional residence halls:

And the two apartment-style located on-campus:
  • Stateview
  • Fifth Avenue Live apartments (opening in 2010)

Student Organizations

St. Cloud State allows students to join an array of 250 student organizations from Accounting to Skydiving. Click on the following link to access a list of the organizations at St. Cloud State.

Greek Life

Students can also join one of the nine houses that represent the Greek population at St. Cloud State. Those who pledge can look forward to a sisterhood or brotherhood unlike any other.

Sororities Fraternities

Student Media

KVSC-FM is an educational public radio station licensed to St. Cloud State University. The station first started on May 10, 1967 and began broadcasting nearly 24 hours a day since September 1994.

The University Chronicle is a student paper that used to publish twice a week but as of May 2009 it is published once a week at 16 pages per issue. The University Chronicle has been covering St. Cloud State University news since 1921.

UTVS (University Television Station) is a Saint Cloud State University student organization and a business. UTVS Television is independently operated and has a working relationship with the Saint Cloud State University Department of Mass Communications and the University Television Studios. The station is celebrating 30 years of 24-hour programming.

Student Media Awards

In the spring of 2009, student-run media outlets received awards from five different competitions that garner national, regional, and state recognition. Husky Productions received the Global Media Award for College Sports "Best Live Game or Live Event" for its telecast of a November hockey game between Wisconsin and St. Cloud State. At the Broadcast Educators Association Awards in Las Vegas, UTVS, Husky Mag, and Husky Productions received three out of the 17 awards recognized. Husky Mag took first place in the studio competition, two students received first place in the music video category, and Husky Productions took second place in the studio production category. In march of 2009, KVSC-FM received four awards from the Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters for work done in 2008. The honorees were: Aaron Bjokrstrand's "Rage Against Abuse", received Best in show; "Husky Hockey Review", first in Sports Reporting; Jenna Wundrow's "SCSU Recycling Program: Green or Guilt?"; first in documentary/investigative; and Peter Tomala and Patrick Sullivan's "Husky Sports Friday"; honorable mention in sports reporting. Students with the University Chronicle received 11 Better Newspaper Contest awards for their work in 2008 from the Minnesota Newspaper Association; the University Chronicle received second place for its typography and design.

Minnesota State University Student Association

Each student attending Saint Cloud State University pays a .43 cent per credit fee to fund the Minnesota State University Student Association, a student lead non-profit that advocates on behalf of all Minnesota state university students.

Athletics and activities

The university currently sponsors 21 Division II teams and is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The St. Cloud State's men's and women's hockey teams also compete in Division I for ice hockey as a member of the WCHA division. The mascot is the Husky.

St. Cloud State is working on a $29.3 million renovation of its National Hockey Centermarker. The Minnesota Legislature has funded $6.5 milion of that total, with the balance to come from fundraising. The two-phase construction project, which is expected to be complete in 2013, will transform the building into the National Hockey and Event Center, expanding a predominately hockey-only facility into a multi-purpose event center. Among the renovations will be expanded luxury suites, a new main entrance, and improvements to the ticketing, administration, university store, concourses, restrooms and concession areas.

A total of 20 former St. Cloud State hockey players have gone on to play professionally in the NHL. Hockey Hall of Famer Frank Brimsek played for the Huskies in 1933-34 before going on to a sterling professional career with the Boston Bruins and Chicago from 1938-50. He helped the Boston Bruins win two Stanley Cup titles and he is a member of both the international and United State Hockey Hall of Fames.

Other former St. Cloud State players to skate in the NHL include Sam LoPresti, Len Esau, Steve Martinson, Tyler Arnason, Casey Borer, Tim Conboy, Matt Cullen, Jeff Finger, Bret Hedican, Joe Jensen, Fred Knipscheer, Ryan Malone, Joe Motzko, Mark Parrish, Duvie Westcott, Mark Hartigan, Andreas Nodl, Nate Raduns and Andrew Gordon. In recent years, Matt Cullen and Bret Hedican helped the Carolina Hurricanes win the Stanley Cup in 2006, while Mark Hartigan and Joe Motzko won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Anaheim Ducks. Hartigan was later a member of the Detroit Red Wings during their Stanley Cup championship season in 2008.

The St. Cloud State men's hockey program made the move to the NCAA Division I level in 1987-88, and it joined the always rugged WCHAmarker in 1990-91. The Huskies play all of their home games in the National Hockey Center (5,371 capacity), which was opened on December 16, 1989. The St. Cloud State women's hockey team began its first season of intercollegiate competition in 1998-99.

Former St. Cloud State football player Todd Bouman is a veteran quarterback in the NFL. He has played for the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars and most recently with the Baltimore Ravens in 2008. Other former St. Cloud State players to play professional football in the NFL include Keith Nord (Minnesota), Ben Nelson (Minnesota), Jeff Hazuga (Minnesota), Harry Jackson (Green Bay), John Kimbrough (Buffalo, New England and Oakland). Of note, Ben Nelson was named the 2006 Arena Football League Rookie of the Year while playing for the San Jose SaberCats.

St. Cloud State women's basketball player Erika Quigley was named the NCAA Division II Player of the Year in 2007. Diver Nate Jimmerson won the NCAA Division II men's one- and three-meter diving titles in 2008. Former St. Cloud State athlete Mary Ahlin won the NCAA Division II titles in women's one- and three-meter diving in 1998 and 1999, while Sarah Loquai won the NCAA Division II women's one-meter diving in 1997. In 2004, the St. Cloud State softball team placed third in the nation at the NCAA Division II softball championships.

St. Cloud State University was a charter member of the Northern Intercollegiate Conference (which has since become known as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) in 1932, St. Cloud State competed as a member of the North Central Conference at the NCAA Division II level from 1982 to 2008. The North Central Conference disbanded at the end of the 2007-08 academic year, and St. Cloud State's NCAA Division II sports once again became members of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in 2008-09.

The main athletic facilities at St. Cloud State University include Husky Stadium (football and soccer), Halenbeck Hall (indoor track and field, swimming and diving, volleyball, wrestling and basketball), the National Hockey Center (ice hockey) and Selke Field (softball). Baseball is played off-campus at a City of St. Cloud ballpark called Joe Faber Fieldmarker.

St. Cloud State University is one of the few schools that provide free admission to all sports (including football and hockey). This is possible through an athletic fee

The school operates a radio station, KVSC 88.1 FM. Students publish a newspaper, the University Chronicle. Students also run a television station known as UTVS, which recently won first place for best student news and productions from the Society of Professional Journalists, as well as honorable mention at a New York competition in 2004.

The school operates a theatre called Theatre L'homme Dieu. The theatre produces a ten-week season of plays and musicals each summer. The theatre employs professional actors, directors, and designers usually from the Twin Citiesmarker theatre community. The theatre also employs a resident intern company of twenty student apprentices. Most of the student apprentices are theatre majors from SCSU and other Midwestern universities.

Notable events

Drawing of the first phase of the Fifth Avenue Live development.
Image courtesy of UrbanWorks Architecture.
Construction of a St. Cloud State welcome center and 455-student housing complex began in July 2009. The welcome center and apartment-style housing are part of the first phase of the Fifth Avenue Live, a private development adjacent to campus. Student apartments will be on the upper floors of the north and south buildings. Retail will be on the ground floor of the north building. The welcome center is slated for the ground floor of the south building. The student housing complex is expected to be complete in August 2010.

The Twin Cities Graduate Center in Maple Grove, Minn., is located on the ground floor of the Dex Building near I-494 and Bass Lake Road.
In Fall 2009, St. Cloud State expands its campus into the Minneapolismarker/St. Paul metropolitan area with a graduate center in Maple Grove, MNmarker. The Twin Cities Graduate Center will use the cohort instructional model of learning, in which small groups of student proceed through the program together. Classes from five programs—including business administration and regulatory affairs and services—will be offered.

After an extensive restoration project in 2002 and 2003, St. Cloud State reopened the doors to historic Lawrence Hall to host a cultural melting pot of international and American Students studying foreign languages. The hall was first built in 1895 housing women students and later housing men for a few years. After originally being touted as fireproof, the building burned beyond repair and a new Lawrence Hall was built in 1905. It once again served as housing until it was retired in 1974 with exception to the basement floor which was used to facilitate a Math Skills Center. The Math Skills Center was forced out of the hall in 1999 after the structure was deemed unfit. After being distinguished as a campus eye sore efforts began to start a restoration campaign of the hall with funding for the project coming from the state's Legislation's bonding bill in 2000.

In the 1986-1987 season, Herb Brooks, the 1980 USA men's Olympic hockey coach, became the coach of the Huskies and helped St. Cloud State hockey team achieve Division I status. He also helped lead efforts to build the National Hockey Centermarker. A small street near the National Hockey Center was named for Brooks shortly after his death.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty and staff

  • Mildred L. Batchelder Namesake of the ALA award given to the publisher of a translated children's book. One of her stated goals in her work, which was encouraging the translation of children's books from around the world, was "to eliminate barriers to understanding between people of different cultures, races, nations, and languages."

Presidents of St. Cloud State


  1. National Center for Environmental Research, People in the News, "STAR Grantee Featured in Newsweek"

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