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St. Cloud State University
Logo StCloudState.png
Established 1869
Type Public
Endowment $17,147,000[1]
President Earl H. Potter III
Academic staff 904
Admin. staff 845
Students 15,416 (Fall 2014)
Undergraduates 13,752
Postgraduates 1,664
Location St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States
45°33′0″N 94°9′0″W / 45.55000°N 94.15000°W / 45.55000; -94.15000Coordinates: 45°33′0″N 94°9′0″W / 45.55000°N 94.15000°W / 45.55000; -94.15000
Campus Urban
100 acres (40 ha) campus
Colors Cardinal Red, Black and White
Athletics NSIC (NCAA Division II)
Men's ice hockey NCHC NCAA Division I
Women's ice hockey WCHA NCAA Division I
Nickname Huskies
Mascot Blizzard T. Husky
Affiliations American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Campus Compact
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

St. Cloud State University is a four-year public university founded in 1869 on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States. The university is one of the largest school in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, which is the largest single provider of higher education in Minnesota.[2] With more than 16,200 students, St. Cloud State is a large public university [3] and has nearly 110,000 alumni worldwide.


St. Cloud State 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. The G.R. Herberger Business School 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 Computer Engineering program. It is the only university in Minnesota that offers an ABET accredited Manufacturing Engineering Program. It also offers ABET accredited Electrical and Mechanical Engineering programs, along with Computer Science.[4] St. Cloud State's Master of Engineering Management is the only program in Minnesota certified by the American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM).

In 1987, men's hockey became an NCAA Division I program. Two years later the team moved into a new two-rink arena called the National Hockey Center. The building, now called the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, is undergoing a $14.7 million expansion and renovation.[5]

In 2010, the university teamed with the private sector to build a welcome center and student housing complex at Coborn Plaza, adjacent to campus. The university leases the Welcome Center and Coborn Plaza Apartments.

Previous school names[edit]

  • 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


University rankings
Forbes[6] 504
U.S. News & World Report[7] 83
Master's University class
Washington Monthly[8] 160

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 six colleges and schools.[9]

Among the undergraduate programs of note are accounting,[10] land surveying and mapping sciences,[11] and meteorology.

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.[12] Master's programs of note include Regulatory Affairs & Services, Medical Technology Quality and Applied Clinical Research[13]—three of the several programs offering classes at St. Cloud State's Twin Cities Graduate Center in Maple Grove.[14]

St. Cloud State has 32 education-abroad programs, including a year-around program at Alnwick Castle in northern England.[15]

Colleges and schools[edit]

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

The Miller Center delivers library and information technology services.

Student life[edit]

At the start of each academic year students are invited to "Mainstreet," a showcase for student organizations, campus services and community connections.[16]

Nearly 20 percent of St. Cloud State students live in one of the eight residence halls or in University-managed apartments.[17] Coborn Plaza Apartments, which can house 455 students in high-amenity apartments with underground parking, opened in 2010.[18]

Traditional residence halls:

  • Benton Hall
  • Case-Hill Hall
  • W.W. Holes Hall
  • Lawrence Hall
  • Mitchell Hall
  • Sherburne Hall
  • Shoemaker Hall
  • Stearns Hall

Apartment-style residence halls:

  • Stateview
  • Coborn Plaza Apartments

St. Cloud State has a long-term plan to revitalize its student housing. A wing of Shoemaker Hall was renovated in 2011. A $12 million renovation of Case and Hill halls was completed in 2012.[19]

Student organizations[edit]

St. Cloud State encourages students to participate in one or more of the 250 student organizations. Including the Investment Club which runs a $27000 Student Managed Investment Portfolio.[20]

Greek life[edit]

Students can also join one of the nine houses that represent the Greek population at St. Cloud State.[21]

Sororities Fraternities

Student media[edit]

KVSC 88.1 FM is an educational public radio station licensed to St. Cloud State. The station started on May 10, 1967 and expanded broadcasting times in September 1994.[22]

The student newspaper, University Chronicle, has been published since 1921.[23]

UTVS Television is a student-run television station, which airs live newscasts and other programming. The station is broadcast on Charter Communications' cable channel 21 in the greater St. Cloud area. Broadcasts of sporting events, including men's hockey, are also aired on other cable franchises.[24][25]

Among the awards earned in 2013 were UTVS' five awards at the Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts, including a Best of Festival award for a Husky Productions broadcast of a men's hockey game.[26] University Chronicle earned 19 awards at the Minnesota Newspaper Association College Better Newspaper contest.[27]

Minnesota State University Student Association[edit]

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


The team name is the Huskies, represented by Blizzard, the mascot.[28] The university has 19 Division II teams and is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Men's and women's ice hockey teams compete in Division I. Men's Husky Hockey is in the NCHC. Women's Husky Hockey is in the WCHA.

The Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

The flagship intercollegiate sport is hockey. Men's Husky Hockey has made nine NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship appearances, notably advancing to the 2013 Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, Penn.[29] The 2012-13 team's co-captain and fifth-year forward, Drew LeBlanc, was named WCHA Player of the Year and earned numerous national honors, including the Hobey Baker Award, the most prestigious award in men's college hockey.[30] The 2013 team also earned a share of the WCHA league title and its symbol, the century-old MacNaughton Cup.[31]

Hockey at St. Cloud State has a storied history, with powerhouse teams of national repute emerging in the 1930s. Among these teams was the 1933-34 squad that featured goaltender Frank Brimsek, a two-time winner of the NHL's Stanley Cup and a 1966 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada.[32]

In the 1986–87 season, Herb Brooks, the 1980 USA men's Olympic hockey coach, became the coach of the Huskies and helped men's hockey attain Division I status. That season he led the Huskies to a 25-10-1 record and a third-place trophy at the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship.[33] He also guided efforts to build the two-rink arena, Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, that now bears his name.[34]

In 1998, the university added a women's hockey team at the Division I level. In 2001, the men's team won the WCHA post-season tournament, symbolized by the Broadmoor Trophy.[35]

Men's Husky Basketball advanced to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Tournament in Springfield, Mass., losing 76-70 to Indiana University of Pennsylvania in a national semifinal game. The Huskies finished 29-6 that season behind the rebounding of center Matt Schneck and the shooting of guard Taylor Witt.[36]

Husky Wrestling is one of the nation's leading Division II programs, placing second in the NCAA Wrestling Championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013.[37]

Notable events[edit]

Simon Award[edit]

St. Cloud State was recognized with the 2013 Simon Award for its excellence in integrating international education across all aspects of the university. The Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization is named for the late Senator Paul Simon (D-Ill.), who supported international education and foreign language learning. In its 11th year, the award is presented annually by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. [38]

HEED Award[edit]

St. Cloud State was among 56 colleges and universities honored for creating diverse and inclusive environments on their campuses, according to INSIGHT Into Diversity’s 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Awards. The HEED Award, given by the oldest and largest higher education diversity-focused publication, recognizes broad-ranging efforts to support diversity at U.S. colleges and universities. These efforts include gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, members of the LGBT community and more.[39]

Harlander chosen to study atmosphere for NASA[edit]

Physics professor John Harlander was named in 2013 to NASA's Ionospheric Connection team, which will develop instruments for an Explorer satellite mission to be launched in 2017 from Goddard Space Flight Center, northeast of Washington D.C. Harlander will design, fabricate and pre-flight test an instrument that will measure winds and temperatures in the thermosphere, an upper layer of Earth's atmosphere.[40]

Drew LeBlanc named nation's best college hockey player[edit]

Men's Husky Hockey forward Drew LeBlanc was honored as the top player in men's NCAA ice hockey, earning the 2013 Hobey Baker Award. The fifth-year senior from Hermantown, Minnesota also earned the top two awards from the WCHA—player of the year and student-athlete of the year.[41] Other national honors followed, capped by LeBlanc helping Team USA win a bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.[42]

Winter Institute[edit]

For more than 50 years leading economists have provided insights into national and global issues at the Winter Institute. Past presenters include the late Nobel Prize laureate Milton Friedman; Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve System; Claremont College neuroeconomist Paul J. Zak; Richard Morgenstern,a senior fellow at Resources for the Future; James B. Bullard, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; and Nicholas Lardy, a fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.[43][44]

St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report[edit]

Since 1999, economics professors King Banaian and Rich MacDonald have produced the St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report. They research, collect and analyze data, information and opinions from local business leaders and regional financial experts, and then publish it online and in the St. Cloud Times.[45]

ISELF building opened[edit]

ISELF, a science and engineering building composed almost entirely of interdisciplinary laboratories.

Known formally as the Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility, ISELF will serve mostly upper-level and graduate-level science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medical technology and radiology classes. The building, which broke ground in October 2011, went into service fall 2013. ISELF is the final project of St. Cloud State's three-part Science Initiative. The $14.5 million addition to the Wick Science Building was completed in January 2009. The $15 million renovation of Brown Hall was finished in December 2009. University officials say ISELF's function, collaboration, flexibility, scale and sustainability will transform how faculty work and students learn. [46]

Twin Cities Graduate Center opened[edit]

The Twin Cities Graduate Center in Maple Grove, located on the ground floor of the Dex Building near I-494 and Bass Lake Road.

In 2009, St. Cloud State added a presence in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area with a graduate center in Maple Grove, MN. The Twin Cities Graduate Center uses the cohort instructional model of learning, in which small groups of students proceed through the program together. Classes from programs such as business administration, higher education administration, counseling and regulatory affairs and services are offered.[47]

Lawrence Hall renovated[edit]

Lawrence Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus.

Built in 1905, Lawrence Hall housed students and academic offices for generations before being closed in 1999. It was restored in 2002-03 with funding from the 2000 Legislature.[48] Today, the four-level building houses international students, the Center for International Studies and the Department of Languages and Cultures.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty and staff[edit]

  • Mildred L. Batchelder, namesake of the ALA award given to the publisher of a translated children's book.[69]
  • Herb Brooks, former St. Cloud State and U.S. Olympic Men's hockey coach.
  • Bruce Hyde, original cast member of the American TV show Star Trek.


  • 2007–present Earl H. Potter III
  • 2000–2007 Roy H. Saigo
  • 1999–2000 Suzanne R. Williams, interim
  • 1995–1999 Bruce F. Grube
  • 1992–1995 Robert O. Bess, interim
  • 1982–1992 Brendan J. MacDonald
  • 1981–1982 Lowell R. Gillette, interim
  • 1971–1981 Charles J. Graham
  • 1965–1971 Robert H. Wick
  • 1952–1965 George F. Budd
  • 1947–1952 John W. Headley
  • 1943–1947 Dudley S. Brainard
  • 1927–1943 George A. Selke
  • 1916–1927 Joseph C. Brown
  • 1915–1916 Isabel Lawrence, interim
  • 1902–1915 Waite A. Shoemaker
  • 1895–1902 George R. Kleeberger
  • 1890–1895 Joseph Carhart
  • 1884–1890 Thomas J. Gray
  • 1881–1884 Jerome Allen
  • 1875–1881 David L. Kiehle
  • 1869–1875 Ira Moore

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