In addition to ongoing recognition from outside accrediting agencies, St. Cloud State University is a member of many academic and professional associations.

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St. Cloud State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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The Herberger Business School at St. Cloud State University is accredited by AACSB International (AACSB). Less than 6% of the world’s schools offering business degree programs hold AACSB business accreditation. We are one of two business schools in Minnesota to hold AACSB accreditation for 45+ years showing a long-standing record of excellence.

St. Cloud State University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Educational Administration programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BoSA).

St. Cloud State University is accredited by the Council for Exceptional Children.

The Teacher Education Unit and all teaching licensure programs at St. Cloud State University are approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB).


  • St. Cloud State is ranked among “America’s Top Colleges” and “America’s Best Value Colleges” by Forbes magazine, which reflects post-graduate success, student debt, student experience, graduation rate, academic success and alumni leadership.

  • St. Cloud State University has been named a “Best Online College in Minnesota” for 2022.

  • St. Cloud State has earned national recognition from Colleges of Distinction in Business, Education, Nursing and Engineering for 2022.

  • 97.1% of College of Education and Learning Design students obtained employment in their field of study (2018-2019).

  • St. Cloud State is on VIQTORY media's Military Friendly® Schools list, a designation awarded to the top 10 in the country doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure success.

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