University Distinctions

University Distinctions

Explore St. Cloud State Distinctions and Facts

The oak leaf has long been a symbol for life and learning at St. Cloud State, where change is as constant as the flowing waters of the Mississippi River. Here the oak leaf signifies distinctions and facts that set St. Cloud State apart and foster institutional pride.

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"Best Bang for the Buck" Midwest 2015 ranking

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9/21/2015 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State is ranked 126th among 401 Midwest colleges as a "best value school," according to Washington Monthly's "The Other College Guide." 

The rankings show best value for your money based on "net" (not sticker) price, how well they do graduating the students they admit, and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/rankings-other-college-guide/best-bang-for-buck-midwest-rank.php

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Community Engagement,Sustainability

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"Top Master's University" Midwest 2015 ranking

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9/21/2015 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State is ranked 157th out of 673 Midwest schools as a "Top Master's University," according to Washington Monthly's "The Other College Guide."

Methodology: “We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).”

 

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/rankings-2015/masters-universities-rank-all.php

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Community Engagement,Sustainability

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"Top Nursing School" 2014 ranking

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10/5/2015 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State is ranked 39th among the 100 "Top Nursing Schools," according to Lehi, Utah-based CollegeAtlas.org

The national ranking is based on the NCLEX-RN pass rate, academic quality, affordability and accessibility. 

http://www.collegeatlas.org/top-nursing-schools

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,College of Science and Engineering,School of Health and Human Services

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Community Engagement,Sustainability

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$2.78 million cybersecurity award

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1/12/2015 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State earned a $2.78 million Scholarship for Service Award for student scholarships to train future cybersecurity professionals.

The award from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security certifies that St. Cloud State is a member of the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Community, which works to educate and train students to be future cybersecurity professionals.

The five-year grant provides two-year scholarships for six students each year of the grant with the first scholarships awarded fall semester 2015.

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/st-cloud-state-earns-scholarship-for-service-award/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,College of Science and Engineering,Herberger Business School

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning

CyberCorp, cybersecurity, technology, apply knowledge

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“Best Schools for Education Majors By Salary Potential” 2015-16 ranking

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8/26/2015 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State is 10th out of 21 “Best Schools for Education Majors By Salary Potential” 2015-16, according to the "PayScale College Salary Report 2015-16"

Seattle-based PayScale describes itself as the world's leading provider of on-demand compensation data and software.

The rankings measured early- and mid-career pay.

 

 

http://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report/best-schools-by-majors/education?page=2

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Community Engagement

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2013 Simon Award

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2/26/2013 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State earned a 2013 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization from the NAFSA Association of International Educators, the largest professional worldwide education association.

St. Cloud State was one of five U.S. institutions recognized that year for internationalization, as evidenced in practices, structures, philosophies and policies.

 

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?storyID=40252

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Center for International Studies

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

Internationalization, diversity, awards, CIS, internationalization

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3+3 collaboration with William Mitchell

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3/11/2015 12:00:00 AM

The university has entered into a 3+3 program with William Mitchell that allows students to complete college and earn a law degree in six years, instead of the traditional seven. 

Through the program, students are able to forgo their senior year of college and enroll at William Mitchell as a first-year law student. Students who participate in the program will save on tuition and advance earlier to their chosen career path. 

Students who participate in the program as a first-year law student at William Mitchell will transfer approved credits back to St. Cloud State to officially earn their undergraduate degree, while pursuing their law degree.

http://outlook.stcloudstate.edu/collaboration-helps-pre-law-students-save-time-and-money/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,School of Public Affairs

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Sustainability

William Mitchell, 3+3, pre-law, think creatively, apply knowledge

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5 Under 40 alumni

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St. Cloud State University graduates made up three of the 5 Under 40 honorees for 2014 named by the St. Cloud Times. All three are graduates of the Herberger School of Business.

Jamie Henkemeyer ’00, 39, is a principal at CliftonLarsonAllen, a national accounting firm.

Kris Nelson ’98, 39, is owner of Custom Accents Promotions and Apparel, a Waite Park-based promotions and wearables company.

Matt Nikodym ’03, 35, is vice president of wealth management at the St. Cloud office of UBS, a Swiss global financial services company.

Previous alumni winners

  • 2013: John Swanson, former student
  • 2012: Katrina Pierson ’06, Melinda Tamm ’04
  • 2011: Justin Wampach ’95
  • 2010: Mike Meyer ’94
  • 2009: Sandy Hansen ’94, Jennifer Mrozek ’96; Jody Sayre ’98
  • 2007: Eric Brown ’12, Rob Weber ’08
  • 2006: Ryan Weber ’03
  • 2005: Shawn Petersen ’99, Brian Schoenborn ’92

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/st-cloud-state-grads-earn-st-cloud-times-honors/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Herberger Business School

Learning Commitments: Community Engagement

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AASCU International Education Award

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10/19/2014 12:00:00 AM

In October 2014, St. Cloud State earned the inaugural International Education Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). 

AASCU is a Washington-based higher education association of nearly 420 public colleges, universities and systems.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=35509&storyID=43473

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Center for International Studies

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

AASCU, International Education Award, CIS, internationalization

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Alcohol and other drug prevention

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10/2/2014 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State University's efforts to empower students to make informed choices about alcohol use has resulted in a dramatic decrease in high-risk drinking.

  • 53% DECLINE in high-risk drinking behavior from 2005-14
  • 17% DECLINE from 2008-14 in student alcohol use during the past 12 months
  • 44% DECREASE in average number of drinks consumed per week
  • 33% DECLINE in repeat violations (recidivism) of the minor-consumption law from 2010-14
  • 1% DECLINE in minor-consumption recidivism from 2011-14 for those who completed IMPACT training (2%-1%)

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/uchoose/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Student Life and Development

Learning Commitments:

alcohol, UChoose, civic responsiblity, think creatively, apply knowledge

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Generation Study Abroad

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St. Cloud State is working to double its students studying abroad by 2019.

SCSU is one of three Minnesota colleges participating in Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative that brings leaders in education, business and governments together to double by 2020 the number of U.S. college students studying abroad.  

Managing the initiative is the Institute of International Education.

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Center for International Studies

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

CIS, diversity, think creatively, apply knowledge, communicate, internationalization

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Heiskell Award

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4/11/2013 12:00:00 AM

The Institute of International Education honored St. Cloud State with the 2013 Heiskell Award for "Best Practices in International Partnerships" – recognition of the university’s 11-year-old multidimensional partnership with the Universidad de Concepcion in Concepcion, Chile.

The Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalizing the campus, study abroad, and international programs, particularly initiatives that remove institutional barriers and broaden the base of participation in international teaching and learning on campus.

Read a story about the Concepcion partnership, which owes much to the work of anthropology professor Rob Lavenda.

The other three 2013 top Heiskell Awards went to Susquehanna University in the category of Internationalizing the Campus, Pitt Community College for Internationalizing the Community College and Wake Forest University for Study Abroad.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?storyID=40048

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,College of Liberal Arts,Center for International Studies

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

international,global,abroad,diversity,awards, CIS, diversity, internationalization

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Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

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9/15/2015 12:00:00 AM

For the fourth year in a row (2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012) St. Cloud State was recognized in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, as a recipient of its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The HEED Award is the only national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The 91 honorees for 2015 are featured in the publication’s November issue.

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/four-peat-st-cloud-state-earns-2015-heed-award/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Center for International Studies

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

awards, diversity, CIS

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International Program Excellence award

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3/27/2015 12:00:00 AM

An international partnership that brought a delegation of Mapuche to St. Cloud State University, received the International Program of Excellence Award for its unique and creative approaches to continuing education between international partners.

The Mapuche project was a joint effort between St. Cloud State and Universidad de Concepcion designed as a cultural exchange for a group of Mapuche artists and leaders. The purpose was to share their culture and crafts with the students at St. Cloud State and the St. Cloud community. In return, St. Cloud State provide training about entrepreneurship and business development.

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/mapuche-project-earns-international-program-excellence-award/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Center for International Studies

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

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Military Friendly Schools list, Victory Media

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9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State is again among the nation’s top schools that deliver the best college experience for student veterans, landing on Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools list for 2016.

The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

The University stands apart from others on the list as one of the Top 25 Public Universities and Colleges as well as having one of the Top Online Programs.

“It says a great deal about the university,” said Zac Mangas, interim director for the Veterans Resource Center (VRC). “I’ve had a handful of veterans stop in this semester to visit the VRC because they heard St. Cloud State offered this type of support to students and they wanted to see it firsthand.”

St. Cloud State has earned the military-friendly designation each year since 2009.

 

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/st-cloud-state-again-earns-military-friendly-honor/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments:

diversity, civic responsibility

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Shahzad Ahmad earns Professional Excellence Award

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4/22/2015 12:00:00 AM

Shahzad Ahmad, director of St. Cloud State’s Multicultural Student Services (MSS), earned the inaugural Professional Excellence Award for Administrative Service Faculty from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Board of Trustees.

The award honors service faculty for exceptional individual professional accomplishments and encourages ongoing excellence. Ahmad accepted the award during the MnSCU Board of Trustees’ Celebrating Excellence luncheon April 22, 2015.

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/mss-director-earns-mnscu-honors/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Multicultural Student Services,Student Life and Development

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

MnSCU, diversity,

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Top 3 percent of Forbes' most affordable colleges, 2015

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7/29/2015 12:00:00 AM

According to Forbes, a national business website and bi-weekly, St. Cloud State is among the top 650 colleges in the nation, based on student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and academic success.

Based on Forbes' 2015 analysis, only 18 of "America's Top Colleges" have lower tuition than St. Cloud State. That puts St. Cloud State in the top 3 percent most affordable, on the Forbes list.

The U.S. has 2,968 four-year colleges, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, an agency of the U.S. Department of Education. 

By virtue of its 562nd ranking, St. Cloud State is among the elite 19 percent of colleges and universities.

http://outlook.stcloudstate.edu/forbes-names-scsu-as-a-top-college/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Community Engagement

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