Office of the President


President Earl H. Potter III

Earl H. Potter, III

Beginning in 1869, St. Cloud State University's first students came to our campus on the Mississippi River from neighboring farms and towns to learn how to teach Minnesota schoolchildren. Today more than 16.000 students come from every part of the state, the country and more than 80 nations to prepare to excel in business, communication, health care, social services, engineering and a wide array of other fields — including the education of Minnesota schoolchildren.

In an environment that values global education, community involvement and critical thinking along with career preparation, St. Cloud State is a comprehensive university offering 175 undergraduate and graduate programs of study, including two doctoral programs in education. Classes are taught by professors who have a desire to mentor as well as instruct, to impart a lifelong love of learning as well as practical knowledge and job skills. Eighty percent hold the highest degrees in their field.

Renowned for its colleges of education and business, St. Cloud State also has popular programs in such diverse fields as mass communication and electrical engineering, psychology, meteorology and nursing. Student life is enriched by over 200 campus organizations, a full component of men's and women's athletics — including Division I men's Husky hockey — and a wide variety of cultural and educational opportunities.

St. Cloud State is committed to fostering a welcoming and diverse environment for all our students. More than 450 of our students broaden their perspectives each year by taking advantage of the university's study abroad programs that range from 16 days in China to a semester in Capetown, South Africa, or a castle in England.  Our 1,150 international students enrich campus and community academic, cultural and social activities with their perspectives and their traditions, and 45 percent of our faculty bring international teaching experience to the classroom.

Both in and out of the classroom, living and learning at St. Cloud State University is an exhilarating, relevant and rewarding experience.

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