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St. Cloud State University

St. Cloud, MN 4-Year Public

About St Cloud State University

St. Cloud State University is a public, state school located in the suburban setting of St. Cloud, MN, less than an hour from Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Founded in 1869, St Cloud State University currently enrolls around 12,608 students a year, including 10,914 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2020, the total market value of the school endowment was $24,695,135. The school spends $7,195 for each full-time student enrolled.

Admissions Facts About St Cloud State University

Acceptance rate: 90%

Average GPA: 3.26

Mean ACT score: 22

Mean SAT score: 1055

Early Decision or Early Action: /No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: August 15

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: September 15

What's the acceptance rate at St. Cloud State University in 2020?

It is moderately difficult to get into St. Cloud State University. Around 90 percent of all applicants to St Cloud State University are accepted each year.

The average high school GPA for a student at St Cloud State University is 3.26 /4.0. The mean composite SAT score is 1055. The mean ACT scores is 22.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is St Cloud State University a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at St Cloud State University, around 67 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 1,662 students who started at St Cloud State University as first-time freshman, 395 graduate within four years.

Around 47 percent of students who started at St Cloud State University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 57 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $29,580 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does St Cloud State University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is St Cloud State University a good school for YOU?

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The deadline to apply to St Cloud State University for Fall 2022 is August 15. All applicants should hear back from St Cloud State University by September 15.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. You can also see what others are saying about St Cloud State University in the College Confidential forums and get personalized recommendations for other colleges that might be perfect for you.

College Info

720 4th Avenue South St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

Campus Setting: Suburban

St Cloud State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to St Cloud State University is Aug 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to St Cloud State University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

St Cloud State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above


18 to 25


18 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to St Cloud State University is 22. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into St Cloud State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

St Cloud State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

930 - 1180


Math SAT Range

457 - 612


Reading SAT Range

477 - 582

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1180 and Above


930 to 1180


930 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for St Cloud State University students is 1055. Applicants with SAT scores of 1180 and above have a good chance of being admitted to St Cloud State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 930 to 1180 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 930 have a low chance of being offered a spot at St Cloud State University.

St Cloud State University Tuition & Fees

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Cost Breakdown
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State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at St Cloud State University is like? There are approximately 12,608 students enrolled at St Cloud State University, including 10,914 undergraduate students and 1,694 graduate students. 64% percent of students attend school full-time, 89% percent are from MN and 11% percent of students are from other states.


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Part Time


In State



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