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.
St. Cloud State's students can 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 60 programs, including doctoral degrees in Higher Education Administration and Educational Administration and Leadership, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the acclaimed Herberger Business School.
Master's degrees in regulatory affairs and services, applied clinical research and medical technology quality tap a growing demand for professionals who can lead medical device companies through Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and international regulatory processes. Minnesota is home to nearly 600 FDA-approved medical device manufacturers. Minnesota companies registered nearly 2,220 medical device patents between 2005 and 2009, second among the states.
Founded in 1869 as a state normal school, St. Cloud State has evolved into a comprehensive university with all the institutions that make college life exciting: events and activities, art galleries, theatre, about 250 clubs and organizations, NCAA athletics, club sports, intramurals, indoor recreation opportunities and outdoor pursuits. The campus nerve center is our library.
Key elements of a St. Cloud State education are:
- Community Engagement – we must be what we teach in order to provide our students role models and real-life in action examples of what they are learning in the classroom
- Active Learning – we must provide opportunities to put classroom learning into action in order to provide our students with practical experience and reinforcement of their learning
- Sustainability in its broadest sense – we must tend to our community as well as the physical environment so that our students can have real opportunities to succeed
- Globalization – we must be attentive to a changing world and agile in our adaptation to new developments in order to ensure that our students are prepared for a world in which nothing is static and knowledge rapidly becomes obsolete
The facility was renamed in honor of the legendary hockey coach Herb Brooks in April 2013. The facility is now called the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Brooks coached at SCSU for one season in 1986-87 and he played a pivotal role in the Huskies' move to the NCAA Division I level and helped secure funding for the construction of the facility in the 1980s.
The facility underwent a major expansion project in 2012-13, which added several new features to the HBNHC including a new southside atrium entrance, suites and improved concourse area.
The main ice arena, which is named in honor of former SCSU president Brendan J. McDonald (an advocate for the Huskies' move to Division I in 1987-88), seats 5,371 spectators. The lower level seating features seatbacks, while additional seatback were added in some of the upper level seating areas in 2000 and 2006. The remainder of the upper level seating is bench style.
The main arena has several VIP suites on the southside of the rink. Two scoreboards feature video replay monitors on the west and east ends of the rink. The wide concourse of the main arena features full concession stands, bathroom facilities, souvenir shop, trophy cases, historical displays and in-game television monitors located throughout the arena.
Media providing coverage for HBNHC events are able to work in a spacious press box along the upper level of the building's north side. The press box offers state of the art in-game statistic monitors and ample seating for print, broadcast, online and television media. Press work rooms and interview areas are located on the lower level of the HBNHC. An elevator provides complete access to all levels of the building.
The second sheet of ice is adjacent to the main arena, and it can accomodate several hundred spectators. Two Zambonis maintain and groom the ice sheets on both rinks (which is widely recognized as one of the best ice surfaces in the WCHA).
On the lower level, one can find 11 locker rooms, two officials rooms, a fully equipped training room and hydro-theraphy pool, a weight lifting/fitness center, player lounges, a classroom, a facility manager's office, HBNHC pro shop, equipment rooms and office space for the St. Cloud State University coaches.
The Huskies' locker rooms are just steps from the main arena. These areas provided players with an outstanding location to prepare for games and practice. Both men's and women's locker rooms were completely remodeled in 2012-13.
The players' lounges provide a comfortable retreat for the SCSU players before and after practices and games. The lounges feature a wide screen television and plush seating arrangements for the SCSU student-athletes.
The HBNHC is also used for graduation ceremonies and other campus functions. The facility has been a long-time host for the USA Hockey Player Development camps, local youth and high school hockey contests and many Minnesota State High School League playoff games