St. Cloud State University

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Group.png St. Cloud State University  
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HeadquartersMinnesota, USA
Other nameHuskies
Until 1957 St. Cloud State Teachers College

St. Cloud State University (SCSU) is a public university in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Founded in 1869, the university is one of the largest schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.[1] Its enrollment in 2019 was approximately 16,000 students, and it has nearly 110,000 alumni.[2]


St. Cloud State opened its doors to students in 1869, under the name Third State Normal School. The school was one building, the Stearns House, a renovated hotel purchased by the state Legislature for $3,000.[3] Classrooms were on the first floor, the model school was on the 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. As the number of female students increased, Stearns House was completely transformed into a women's dormitory in 1874; male students organized a boarding club where they located a house near campus, overseen by a matron.

In 1898, the school began offering a junior college curriculum. In 1914, the school dropped its secondary education program. The Legislature authorized a name change in 1921 to St. Cloud State Teachers College. In 1957, the word "Teachers" was deleted. The first bachelor's degrees were awarded in 1925. Master's degree programs were first offered in 1953.

In 1975, St. Cloud State became a university, comprising five colleges and a graduate school. The Herberger Business School is one of only seven AACSB accredited business schools in Minnesota.[4] Six bachelor's degree programs in the College of Science and Engineering are accredited through the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.[5]

Applied doctoral degrees were first offered in 2007.[6] Students can pursue an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration or Educational Administration and Leadership.[7]

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. In 2020, the university's lease on the building will expire and not be renewed. The building's management company, Great Lakes Management, will operate the building as a completely private housing option for students.

The Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF), which broke ground in October 2011, went into service in fall 2013. ISELF is the final project of St. Cloud State's three-part Science Initiative. The $14.5 million addition to the Wick Science Building was completed in January 2009. The $15 million renovation of Brown Hall was finished in December 2009.

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  8. Grayce Uyehara, fought for interned Japanese-Americans