Valley City State University

Valley City State University

Valley City State University was established as a territorial normal school in 1889. It is a part of the North Dakota University System, and is located in Valley City, North Dakota. In 2010, U.S. News & World Report ranked VCSU 2nd on its list of the Midwest's Top Public Baccalaureate Colleges.

Valley City State University offers more than 80 programs leading to bachelor's degrees in arts, science, and education. Courses are available in the fields of business, communication arts, teacher education, art, wildlife science, and music, among others. The university also offers a Master of Education degree through online learning programs. The academic divisions of VCSU are:

  • Division of Business and Information Technology
  • Division of Communication Arts and Social Sciences
  • Division of Fine Arts
  • Division of Math, Science, and Health & Physical Education
  • School of Education and Graduate Studies

Valley City State University sponsors basketball, baseball, golf, football, softball, and volleyball teams, which are known as the Vikings. VCSU is a member of the NAIA, and competes in the Dakota Athletic Conference.

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Contacting Valley City State University

Valley City State University
101 College St SW
Valley City , ND 58072
General Phone: (701) 845-7990

Valley City State University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching91elementary school teaching, art education, business teaching, English teaching, health teaching, industrial arts teaching, math teaching, physical education teaching, social science teaching, ...
Business and Management32business management, human resources
Liberal Arts13Spanish language, English, general studies, social services, history
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy9health and physical education
Computer Science and Engineering6computer and info science
Therapy and Counseling6psychology
Art Studies4art studies
Science4biology, chemistry
Media2communication studies
Medicine2medical preparatory
Conservation and Resource Management2wildlife management
Office and Administration0office management

Number of programs and degrees for Valley City State University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree15631
Master's degree181

Valley City State University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Valley City State University had a total enrollment of 982 students (821 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 55%
Women 45%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 89%
Graduate 11%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 88%
Black 3%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 15%
20-21 27%
22-24 27%
25-29 8%
30-34 4%
35-39 5%
40-49 7%
50-64 4%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Dakota62%
(International Students)5%
South Dakota2%

Valley City State University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 61 %

Valley City State University Room and Board (2007)

Valley City State University offers campus housing for 505 of its 821 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Valley City, North Dakota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Dakota Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Valley City State University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1622
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT8%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT78%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Valley City State University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,055
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,427
Room and board $ 5,400
Room charge $ 2,436
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,964
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 3,000

Financial Aid:
Valley City State University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 300800)

Valley City State University Faculty

Valley City State University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1110
Non-tenured and not on tenure track10

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year0*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year5$64,0314$63,021
Associate professoracademic year7$50,2237$48,140
Assistant professoracademic year11$43,3768$41,059
Instructoracademic year6$38,0687$38,675
All faculty totalacademic year29$47,49226$45,702

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Valley City State University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Dakota Athletic Conference
Basketball Dakota Athletic Conference
Baseball Dakota Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports01919

Valley City State University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Technical Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Valley City State University Apart:

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Top 19%Valley City State University Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)

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