Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN 56301
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Saint Cloud State University (SCSU) is a public institution in Saint Cloud, Minnesota and one of the ten campuses that are part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. It was founded in 1869 on the Mississippi River. The university started as the Third State Normal School. Classes were taught in one building. The university now has multiple buildings on the 100-acre campus and offers over 200 majors and minors across its 6 schools and colleges, including the School of Health and Human Services. The university was ranked 118th in the region and 571st in the nation. 

The SCSU Department of Nursing at the School of Health and Human Services offers two nursing programs accredited by the CCNE. These programs include a traditional 4-year BSN program and an accelerated BSN program. While enrolled in the traditional BSN program, students may join the Active Nursing Club. This club helps students find volunteer opportunities in the area to help develop their skills and raise funds for health care-related issues. The school also has its own Human Simulation Lab to help students learn procedures and equipment. Clinical experience is provided during the final semester of the 4-year program. Seniors receive an immersive experience working at local hospitals and clinics.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students14,975
Student to Faculty Ratio21:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate67%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 13 72

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
07/01/1947 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/21/2004 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT958 to 1188
ACT18 to 24
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $20
Graduates $40

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$241/credit
In State Students$241/credit
Out of State Students$521/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$383/credit
In State Students$383/credit
Out of State Students$582/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $10,845 $10,845 $23,445
ADN 70 $16,870 $16,870 $36,470
BSN 125 $30,125 $30,125 $65,125
FNP 50 $19,150 $19,150 $29,100
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 85% of Saint Cloud State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 36% $4,296
Other Federal Grant 10% $743
State Grant & Scholarships 41% $2,240
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 36% $2,477
Federal Student Loans 64% $5,888
Private Loans 17% $8,292


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$10,987
$30,001 to $48,000$11,631
$48,001 to $75,000$13,713
$75,001 to $110,000$17,358
Over $110,000$18,086

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Minnesota state board of nursing.
Saint Cloud State University
720 Fourth Ave. South
Saint Cloud, MN 56301

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