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St. Cloud State University Admission Requirements

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

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Chances of getting into Saint Cloud State University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
73%
Admission Difficulty for Saint Cloud State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Moderate 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into St. Cloud State University and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at St. Cloud State University is 73%.  It ranks #21 in Minnesota for lowest rate of acceptance. St. Cloud State University is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 3,845 out of 5,251 applicants were admitted.

The school has moderate admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 61 percent (SAT 1000/1250 ACT 18/24). Saint Cloud State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.26. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The St. Cloud State University application fee is $0 and applications are due by Apr 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Saint Cloud State University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

St. Cloud State University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1000-1250
Applicants Submitting SAT 
4%
SAT Scores for Saint Cloud State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1000
SAT Scores for Saint Cloud State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 650
SAT Composite 75th 1250
Average SAT Score 1130

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 prefers applicants to be in the top 60 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1000 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 870. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1130 out of 1600. St. Cloud State University ranks #15 in Minnesota for highest average SAT composite score. 4 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Saint Cloud State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1250 and Above Good >84%
1125 to 1250 Avg + 73%-84%
1000 to 1125 Avg - 59%-73%
875 to 1000 Reach 43%-59%
Less than 875 Low <43%
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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 18
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 18
ACT Scores for Saint Cloud State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 24
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 #22 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >84%
21 to 24 Avg + 73%-84%
18 to 21 Avg - 59%-73%
15 to 18 Reach 43%-59%
Less than 15 Low <43%
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St. Cloud State University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.26
Typical High School Grades 
B

What GPA do you need to get into Saint Cloud State University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into St. Cloud State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Saint Cloud State University was 3.26 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 GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as St. Cloud State University accepts 73% of students who apply.

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GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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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 5%
Top 25% of class 16%
Top 50% of class 60%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

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Admission Statistics

Saint Cloud State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,008 2,243 5,251
Accepted 2,261 1,584 3,845
Acceptance Rate 75% 71% 73%
Enrolled 550 472 1,022
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 30% 27%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Apr 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
116

Applicants have 116 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Apr 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Saint Cloud State University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Saint Cloud State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Saint Cloud State University Application 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.

FAQs

Does Saint Cloud State University prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into Saint Cloud State University?

73% of those who apply are granted admission to St. Cloud State University. Admission competition is low and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Saint Cloud State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1000 and 1250. 4% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Saint Cloud State University?

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.