Valley City State University

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101 College Street SW

Valley City, ND 58072

Phone: (800) 532-8641
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#43 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Valley City State University is a public institution that was founded in 1890. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,214, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 64 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Valley City State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 43. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,516 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,596 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Valley City State University (VCSU) prepares people for life through visionary leadership and exemplary practices in teaching, learning and service. Founded in 1890 as a teachers college in the southeastern North Dakota town of Valley City (population 6,500), VCSU has built on that rich tradition with a student-focused, learning-centered approach, offering more than 80 degree programs and enabling its 1,300 students to thrive in a personable, accessible and affordable environment. Its small, beautiful campus provides VCSU students with plentiful opportunities for close connections with fellow students, faculty and staff, and for participation in a complete range of student activities and NAIA athletic programs. One of the first "laptop universities" in the nation (each full-time student receives a laptop computer), VCSU continues its innovative use of technology with many online offerings, including several undergraduate majors and a master of education degree program. VCSU alumni are proud of their alma mater and carry forward the university's heritage through success in their postgraduate endeavors.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1890
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $4,817,599


When applying to Valley City State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Valley City State University is $35. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 81.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 81.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Valley City State University is 12:1, and the school has 70.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Valley City State University include: Elementary Education and Teaching; Business Administration and Management, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other; and Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 61 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 25%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 53%
Business Administration and Management, General 10%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6%
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other 6%
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 5%

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Student Life

Valley City State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,214, with a gender distribution of 44.7 percent male students and 55.3 percent female students. At this school, 24 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 76 percent of students live off campus. Valley City State University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,362
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Valley City State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Valley City State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Valley City State University, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Valley City State University.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Valley City State University, 65.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,357.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,516 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $14,596 (2013-14)
Room and board $5,770 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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