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How Well Is Saint Cloud State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Saint Cloud State University was awarded 1,272 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is other quality control and safety technologies/technicians.

Overall Quality

St. Cloud State University landed the #650 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when St. Cloud State University held the #854 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

St. Cloud State University is also ranked #25 out of 63 schools in Minnesota.

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Is It Hard to Get Into St. Cloud State University?

Acceptance Rate

Saint Cloud State University has an acceptance rate of 73%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 4% of students accepted to St. Cloud State University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 600. Math scores were between 500 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Saint Cloud State University  ( 500 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for Saint Cloud State University  ( 500 to 650 )
St. Cloud State University received ACT scores from 87% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Saint Cloud State University  ( 18 to 24 )

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Saint Cloud State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Saint Cloud State University, the student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Saint Cloud State University is 63%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  63 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Saint Cloud State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Saint Cloud State University is 67%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  67 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 19% for first-time, full-time students at St. Cloud State University, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  19 out of 100

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Saint Cloud State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 10,187 undergraduates at St. Cloud State University with 5,959 being full-time and 4,228 being part-time.

How Much Does Saint Cloud State University Cost?

The overall average net price of St. Cloud State University is $14,267. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for St. Cloud State University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,688 $11,274 $13,373 $17,307 $18,455

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of St. Cloud State University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At St. Cloud State University, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $8,313 a year. That adds up to $33,252 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at St. Cloud State University is 5.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do St. Cloud State University Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University make about $44,200 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future St. Cloud State University graduates since it is 11% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud State University is a public institution located in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for St. Cloud State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 720 Fourth Ave. South, Saint Cloud, MN 56301-4498
Phone: 320-308-0121

Saint Cloud State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 87 majors graduated from Saint Cloud State University. Of these students, 1,948 received undergraduate degrees and 632 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Finance & Financial Management 116 $45,408
Communication & Media Studies 115 $36,407
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 109 $36,308
Information Technology 96 $63,005
Business Administration & Management 87 $42,973
Teacher Education Subject Specific 79 $39,559
Criminal Justice & Corrections 73 $45,598
General Biology 71 $39,729
Accounting 69 $52,877
General Psychology 60 $35,416

Learn more about the majors offered at Saint Cloud State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at St. Cloud State University

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 4,725 students took at least one online class at Saint Cloud State University. This is an increase from the 4,048 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 4,725 790
2018-2019 4,048 859
2017-2018 4,264 786
2016-2017 4,085 746
2015-2016 3,720 643

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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