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St. Cloud State University Admission Requirements

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Chances of getting into Saint Cloud State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
86.2%
Admission Difficulty for Saint Cloud State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsModerate
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into St. Cloud State University and can I get accepted? The school has a 86% acceptance rate ranking it #33 in Minnesota for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,668 out of 5,415 applicants were admitted making Saint Cloud State University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has moderate requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 65 percent. Saint Cloud State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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St. Cloud State University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
960-1240
Applicants Submitting SAT
4%
SAT Scores for Saint Cloud State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 470
SAT Math 25th 490
SAT Composite 25th 960
SAT Scores for Saint Cloud State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 630
SAT Composite 75th 1240
Average SAT Score 1100

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Saint Cloud State University?

Saint Cloud State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 68 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 960 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 820. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1100 out of 1600. The school ranks #22 in Minnesota for highest average SAT composite score. 4 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Saint Cloud State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1240 and Above Good >91%
1100 to 1240 Avg + 86%-91%
960 to 1100 Avg - 78%-86%
820 to 960 Reach 68%-78%
Less than 820 Low <68%
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St. Cloud State University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
18-24 
Applicants Submitting ACT
92%
ACT Scores for Saint Cloud State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 16
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 18
ACT Scores for Saint Cloud State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 23
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 24
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into St. Cloud State University?

Admission data indicates that St. Cloud State University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 18 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 62 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 15 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 21 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 24 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #28 in Minnesota for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 92 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Saint Cloud State University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Saint Cloud State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
24 and Above Good >91%
21 to 24 Avg + 86%-91%
18 to 21 Avg - 78%-86%
15 to 18 Reach 68%-78%
Less than 15 Low <68%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.14
Typical High School Grades
B

You will need about average high school grades to get into Saint Cloud State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Saint Cloud State University was 3.14 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #27 in Minnesota for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.14 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as St. Cloud State University accepts 86% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Saint Cloud State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 12% Good
3.50 to 3.75 14% Good
3.25 to 3.50 15% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 19% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 32% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 7% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 1% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

60% of Saint Cloud State University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Saint Cloud State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 6%
Top 25% of class 24%
Top 50% of class 60%
Bottom 50% of class 40%
Bottom 25% of class 7%

Admission Statistics

Saint Cloud State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,999 2,416 5,415
Accepted 2,637 2,031 4,668
Acceptance Rate 88% 84% 86%
Enrolled 719 574 1,293
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 28% 28%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
58

Applicants have 58 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to St. Cloud State University before the Aug 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Jun 6 Jul 15
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Jun 13 Jun 23
Jul 18 Jul 28

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Saint Cloud State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Saint Cloud State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Saint Cloud State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=174783 IPEDS survey data for Saint Cloud State University.

Frequently Asked Questions

4% of students submit their SAT scores to St. Cloud State University. 92% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

86% of those who apply are granted admission to St. Cloud State University. Admission competition is and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 960 and 1240. 4% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 24. 92% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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