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St. Cloud State University

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


720 4Th Ave S
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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. 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. 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.

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Through engaging students at St. Cloud State University, the University Program Board (UPB) provides activities that enhance learning and personal development. These activities are educational, diverse, entertaining and designed to complement the college experience while serving the campus community.



David Frederickson - Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Van Nelson � 1968 Olympic Track and Field Athlete. 5k and 10k winner at the 1967 Pan American Games. Tyler Arnason � Professional hockey player Todd Bouman � Former National Football League quarterback, Jacksonville Jaguars Dick Bremer � Minnesota Twins television play-by-play James B. Bullard � President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis Jim Eisenreich � Former MLB outfielder/first baseman with Tourette syndrome Miles Everson - US Advisory Leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers Jeff Finger � Professional hockey player, AHL Toronto Marlies Andrew Gordon � Professional hockey player with the Hershey Bears/Washington Capitals Tina Gust - vice president of Minor League Baseball, the century-old organization that manages the 16 developmental teams that feed Major League Baseball Mark Hartigan � Professional hockey player, HC CSKA Moscow John Hawkes � Film and television actor Bret Hedican � Former professional hockey player, Olympian and Stanley Cup winner. Lawrence Heinemi � Professional wrestler who competed as Lars Anderson Matt Hendricks � Professional hockey player, Washington Capitals Bonnie Henrickson � University of Kansas women's basketball head coach Jodi Huisentruit � Former television news anchor who went missing in Iowa June 27, 1995 Bruce Hyde � An actor who played Lt. Kevin Reilly on two episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series Jessica Kresa � TNA professional wrestler known as ODB Leo Kottke � Fingerstyle acoustic guitar virtuoso with a four-decades long recording career Ryan Malone � Professional hockey player, Tampa Bay Lightning Bob Motzko � Men's hockey head coach at St. Cloud State Joe Motzko � Professional hockey player Harold J. Nevin, Jr., U.S. National Guard general Andreas N�dl � Professional hockey player, Philadelphia Flyers Mark Parrish � Professional hockey player, Buffalo Sabres John Stumpf � Chairman, president and CEO of Wells Fargo & Company H. Timothy ("Tim") Vakoc � the first U.S. military chaplain to die from wounds received in the Iraq War. Steve Martinson � Former professional hockey player, current professional hockey head coach (Chicago Express) Richard Dean Anderson- Actor (MacGyver) Dan Bakkedahl - Actor (The Heat, Legit) (Did not graduate) Brian Belski, chief investment strategist at BMO Capital Markets, a financial services multinational. Matt Cullen, Professional hockey player



Urban 100 Acres (40 Ha) Campus