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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$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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5 Under 40 alumni

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St. Cloud State University graduates made up two of the 5 Under 40 honorees for 2015 named by the St. Cloud Times.

Honored Huskies are Christy Gilleland ’00, who holds a bachelor’s degree in management, and Eunice Adjei-Bosempem ’06 ’10, who holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social responsibility.

Previous alumni winners

  • 2014 Jamie Henkemeyer ’00, Kris Nelson ’98, Matt Nikodym ’03
  • 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/two-alumna-among-times-5-under-40-honorees/

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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Accomplished alumni

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St. Cloud State has nearly 110,000 alumni worldwide. Nearly 77,000 of those live in Minnesota. About 15,600 live in the state's most populous county, Hennepin County. More than 11,000 live in Stearns County, where St. Cloud State is located.*

St. Cloud State's many accomplished alumni include:

  • John Stumpf (1976, finance), chairman, CEO and president of Wells Fargo, an American banking and financial services company.
  • James Bullard (1984, economics and quantitative methods), president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, a branch of the U.S. central banking system.
  • Jim Graves (1974, elementary education), founder, chairman and CEO of Graves Hospitality Corporation, which has developed more than 100 hotels, restaurants and resorts.
  • Benjamin Graves (1996, speech/interdependent studies), president and COO of Graves Hospitality Corporation, which has developed more than 100 hotels, restaurants and resorts.
  • Jeffrey Warne (1984, accounting), president and CEO of Perkins & Marie Callender's, a restaurant chain with more than 75 North America locations.
  • Keesha Gaskins (1996, criminal justice studies), director for the Democratic Practice–United States program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. Formerly, Gaskins was senior counsel for the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law, New York City.
  • Beth Sorensen (1990, computer science), a MakeMusic executive and a driving force behind Finale, the industry standard for music notation, which was used to score films such as "Argo," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln" and "The King's Speech." Sorenson currently serves as a software development leader for the Boulder, Colorado company.
  • Stephen UBL (1991, speech, political science), president and CEO of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the Washington D.C.-based advocate for biopharmaceutical research and discovery companies.
  • TyRuben Ellingson (1981, elective studies; 1982, master of art), conceptual designer who has worked with film directors such as James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo Del Toro and the late Stanley Kubrick.
  • Tiffany Reiter (1997, biotechnology), Mayo- and Harvard-trained molecular biologist practicing intellectual property law in Boston with Fish & Richardson.
  • Brian Belski (1988, finance), chief investment strategist at BMO Capital Markets, a financial services multinational.
  • Heather Miller-Koch (2010, nursing), 10-time All-American track and field athlete and heptathlete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Paul Diethelm (2003, elective studies), award-winning songwriter and world-traveling guitarist, best known for his songwriting and touring with Grammy winner Johnny Lang and lead-guitar playing and comedic acting with the Fabulous Armadillos.
  • Dick Bremer (1978, mass communications), award-winning sports broadcaster, notably serving more than 30 years with the Minnesota Twins. Bremer is the recipient of the Silver Circle Emmy for Broadcast Excellence and is a member of the Minnesota Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
  • Deeann Griebel (1976, physical education), nationally ranked wealth advisor, including six selections to the Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisor list since 2007.
  • Joe Alexander (1982, speech communication, mass communication), chief creative officer for the Martin Agency, Adweek's 2010 Agency of the Year. Among other efforts, Alexander supervised the GEICO Hump Day campaign and the Emmy Award-winning “Clouds Over Cuba” project for the JFK Presidential Library. 
  • Bonnie Henrickson (1986, physical education), women's basketball coach at University of California, Santa Barbara. Formerly head coach at University of Kansas.
  • Dan Hooper (1999, physics), dark matter expert and associate scientist in the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Chicago. Also, an assistant professor at University of Chicago.
  • Peggy (Kriha) Dye (1991, music), world-traveling opera performer and artistic director. Notably, Dye performed the role of the Muslim princess in "Armide,"in the City of Light, shortly after the 2015 Paris terror attacks.  
  • Drew LeBlanc (2013, mathematics), winner of the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the outstanding American college hockey player. A professional, LeBlanc has played in U.S. and Europe.
  • Bruce Pearson (1964, music), author of "Standard of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method," one of the world's most widely used music instruction series, available in English, Chinese, Spanish and Italian. A veteran clinician, Pearson has composed works for concert band and jazz ensemble.
  • Joel Goergen (1986, mathematics and electrical engineering), distinguished engineer at Cisco Systems, a networking equipment multinational based in San Jose, Calif.
  • Joseph Nayquonabe (1993, applied psychology), commissioner of corporate affairs, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
  • William Knese (1974, accounting), former chair of the board of directors for the Institute of Management Accountants, a worldwide association of accountants and financial professionals working in business.  
  • Akash Sen (2003, master of business administration), talent director at Saatchi & Saatchi, a global advertising agency with offices in 76 nations.
  • Joseph Ripka (2004, music), prize-winning, Oberlin- and Yale-educated classical organist of international repute.
  • Bob Truax (1981, social studies), co-founder of Zubaz, a Minneapolis-based athletic and sports-leisure apparel company.
  • Clay Matvick (1996, mass communications), sportscaster for the ABC and ESPN networks.
  • Valeria Silva (1990, elective studies), former superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools, a 39,000-student school district in St. Paul, Minn.
  • Tina Gust (1997, mass communications), former vice president of Minor League Baseball, the century-old organization that manages the developmental teams that feed Major League Baseball.
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Notable people who have attended St. Cloud State include:

  • Leo Kottke, Grammy-nominated, hall of fame acoustic guitarist with a four-decades-long recording career.
  • Frank Brimsek, (1915-1998) National Hockey League goalie who won two Vezina trophies and backstopped two Stanley Cup championship teams.
  • Jim Eisenreich, 15-year Major League Baseball player who won a World Series with the 1997 Florida Marlins. In 1990, he was the first recipient of the Tony Conigliaro Award, for overcoming Tourette syndrome.
  • Bret Hedican, National Hockey League defenseman who played parts of 20 seasons with five teams and won the 2006 Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes
  • Matt Cullen, National Hockey League veteran who played on Stanley Cup-winning teams with Carolina Hurricanes (2006) and Pittsburgh (2016).

* Alumni Relations data from July 2013

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments:

alumni

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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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Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

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9/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

For the fifth year in a row (2016, 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 83 honorees for 2016 are featured in the publication’s November issue.

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/five-straight-st-cloud-state-earns-2016-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.

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, summary, military, veterans

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Moving the Needle initiative

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1/15/2016 12:00:00 AM

In a bid to support the gender parity in higher education leadership, President Earl H. Potter III is among 109 university presidents who have signed on to the American Council on Education’s Moving the Needle: Advancing Women Leaders in Higher Education initiative.

The initiative raises awareness of the gender gap in university leadership at a time when 60 percent of presidents will retire in the next decade. The goal is to achieve gender parity with 50 percent of the chief executives at higher education institutions being women by 2030.

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/president-signs-on-to-moving-the-needle-initiative/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

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Pharmaceuticals in waterways research

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11/17/2015 12:00:00 AM

Fish may be affected by pharmaceuticals entering rivers, streams and lakes through wastewater treatment plant effluents according to a recent study by the St. Cloud State University Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The study, which included field and laboratory research, was published in November in a special edition of the scientific journal “Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry."

St. Cloud State Professor Heiko Schoenfuss was the principal investigator of the study titled “Complex mixtures, complex responses: Assessing pharmaceutical mixtures using field and laboratory approaches.”

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/aquatic-toxicology-laboratory-usgs-study-published/

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

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning

heiko, COSE

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President Potter earns NAACP award

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1/17/2016 12:00:00 AM

President Earl H. Potter III’s leadership and commitment to social awareness and the community is being recognized in the St. Cloud community.

The St. Cloud NAACP honored Potter with its 2016 Presidential Award at its 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Fund Banquet Jan. 17, 2016 at the River’s Edge Convention Center.

The award recognizes Potter’s commitment to service, being socially conscious and community.

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/president-earns-naacp-award/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

naacp

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Re-Imagining the First Year of College

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2/2/2016 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State University is part of a nationwide effort to re-imagine the first-year experience aimed at ensuring success for all students, particularly those who have historically been underserved by higher education.

The university is one of 44 institutions participating in the Re-Imagining the First Year of College initiative launched Feb. 1 by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

The 44 institutions will work together for three years to develop a comprehensive institutional transformation that redesigns the first year of college and creates sustainable change for student success. The initiative focuses on especially improving success rates for low income, first generation and students of color.

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/scsu-part-of-effort-to-re-design-first-year-college-experience/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning

aascu

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St. Cloud ranked as a hockey town

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2/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

The City of St. Cloud is ranked eighth-best hockey town in the country according to SmartAsset, a personal finnce and technology company based in New York. To be considered, a city must have either a college hockey team or professional teams in the ECHL, AHL or NHL.

St. Cloud is one of three Minnesota cities that made the list.

https://smartasset.com/mortgage/americas-best-hockey-towns-2016

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Huskies Athletics,City of St. Cloud

Learning Commitments: Community Engagement

Huskies Hockey, hockey, athletics

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Top 1 percent of Forbes' most affordable colleges, 2016

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7/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

According to Forbes, a national business website and bi-weekly, St. Cloud State is among the top 660 colleges in the nation, based on post-graduate success, student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate and academic success.

Based on Forbes' 2016 analysis, only 21 of "America's Top Colleges" have lower tuition than St. Cloud State. That puts St. Cloud State in the top 1 percent most affordable, on the Forbes list.

The U.S. has 3,026 four-year colleges, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, an agency of the U.S. Department of Education.

By virtue of its 563rd ranking, St. Cloud State is among the elite 19 percent of colleges and universities.

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/st-cloud-state-earns-forbes-best-college-nod/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Community Engagement,Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

summary

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Top 3 percent of Forbes' most affordable colleges, 2014

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8/1/2014 12:00:00 AM

According to Forbes, a New York-based 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' 2014 analysis, only 20 of "America's Top Colleges" have lower tuition than St. Cloud State. Five schools, including four service academies, did not release tuition information. That puts St. Cloud State in the top 3 percent most affordable, on the Forbes list.

The U.S. has 2,870 four-year colleges, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, an agency of the U.S. Department of Education. 

By virtue of its 566th ranking, St. Cloud State is among the elite 23 percent of colleges and universities based on student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and academic success. View the Forbes magazine methodology.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=35366&storyID=43141

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Community Engagement

award

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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

summary

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Top 4 percent of Forbes' most affordable colleges, 2013

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7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM

According to Forbes, a New York-based 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 nationally competitive awards.

Based on Forbes' 2013 analysis, only 23 of "America's Top Colleges" have lower tuition than St. Cloud State. That puts St. Cloud State among the top 4 percent most affordable colleges.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=34552&storyID=40903

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Community Engagement

affordable, award

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University profile

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7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM

An award-winning regional public university, St. Cloud State educates more than 15,000 students from about 90 nations.

It is located an hour northwest of Minneapolis, along the oak-crowned west bank of the Mississippi River. The 100-acre campus is between downtown St. Cloud and the Beaver Islands, a group of more than 30 islands that form a natural maze for a two-mile stretch of the river.

The St. Cloud metropolitan area is 24th on Forbes magazine's 2014 “Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers." St. Cloud State is ranked in Forbes magazine's "America's Top Colleges." 

Undergraduate students choose from more than 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, including regional rarities such as meteorology and geographic information systems and regionally renowned programs such as accounting and teacher education.

The School of Graduate Studies offers more than 60 programs, including an Ed.D. in higher education administration and a master of business administration from the G.R. Herberger School of Business.

The master's degree in regulatory affairs and services taps a growing demand for professionals who can lead medical device companies through national and international regulatory processes. Minnesota has more than 480 medical device firms registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In addition to campus-based and online study, graduate classes are available at the Twin Cities Graduate Center in Maple Grove, a northwest suburb of Minneapolis.

Huskies Athletics is home to NCAA Division I and II teams with rich traditions of success. Women's and men's hockey compete at the NCAA Division I level. The teams skate in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, named for former Huskies coach and Olympic hockey legend, the late Herb Brooks.

Nineteen teams compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, arguably the nation's best NCAA Division II conference.

St. Cloud State began in 1869 as the state's third normal school. Teachers and students first met in a converted hotel on a bluff above the Beaver Islands. Of the 53 original students, 43 were women.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/about/glance/default.asp

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments:

CIS

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