St. Cloud State University is Minnesota's second-largest public university, with more than 15,400 students from about 80 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.
Undergraduate students choose from more than 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, including regional rarities such as meteorology and geographic information systems.
The School of Graduate Studies offers more than 50 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 FDA-approved medical device manufacturers.
Husky 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.
Nearly 20 other teams compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, arguably the nation's best NCAA Division II conference.