Valley City State University

101 College St SW, Valley City, North Dakota 58072


  • College Type: 4-year, Public
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Total Student Population: 1,686
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
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Valley City State University (VCSU) is a public university located in Valley City, North Dakota, USA. Established in 1890, it is one of the oldest higher institutions in North Dakota and is part of the North Dakota University System.

VCSU offers various undergraduate and graduate programs in areas such as education, business, technology, communication arts, computer systems and software engineering, health sciences, mathematics and social science and arts.

The university is known for its strong focus on technology and innovation, with programs in fields such as computer science and software engineering.

Valley City State University also has a provision for distance learning and offers a variety of online programs. The school also has a strong reputation for its education programs and is one of the major producers of teachers in North Dakota.

Valley City State University has a mission to educate and prepare individuals for lifelong learning, service, and leadership in a diverse and global society. The university aims to promote a student-centered learning environment that encourages academic excellence, intellectual creativity, and personal growth.

VCSU has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, which enables personalized attention and support for students.

The academic environment at VCSU is challenging but is also supportive, with the provision of high quality education.

VCSU’s campus is located on the banks of the Sheyenne River which provides a beautiful natural setting and peaceful environment for learning.

The campus is modern and well-equipped, with excellent facilities for learning, sports, fitness, and recreation and is friendly and welcoming, with a strong focus on student success and support.

The university also has a strong athletic program and is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Valley City State University is a well respected institution and is a great school of study for students looking for a school that provides quality education and prepares students for success in their chosen fields.

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment:1,686
Undergraduate enrollment:1,523
Percent of Undergraduate enrollment
   by gender
   by race/ethnicity
      American Indian or Alaskan Native:0.6%
      Black or African American:3.2%
      Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander:0.7%
      Two or more races:3.2%
      Race/ethnicity unknown:1.8%
      Non-resident alien:1.3%
(Enrollment data Fall 2021)

Degrees Offered

  • Less than one year certificate
  • Associate’s degree
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master’s degree

Majors Offered

  • Adapted Physical Education Minor
  • AgriBusiness Minor
  • Allied Health Certificate
  • Applied Kinesiology
  • Art – Composite Major
  • Art Education
  • Art Education Minor
  • Art Minor
  • Associate of Arts – General Studies Concentration
  • Associate of Arts – Digital Design Concentration
  • Athletic Coaching Certificate
  • Athletic Coaching Minor
  • B.A.S. – Management
  • B.U.S. – University Studies
  • Biology
  • Biology Education
  • Biology Minor
  • Business Administration – AgriBusiness Concentration
  • Business Administration – Human Resources & Management Concentration
  • Business Administration – Managerial Accounting & Finance Concentration
  • Business Administration – Marketing Concentration
  • Business Education
  • Business Education – Composite Major
  • Business Management Certificate
  • Business Minor
  • Business Process Integration Management
  • Business Software Applications Minor
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Career and Technical Education B.S. in Education
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry Education
  • Chemistry Minor
  • College Studies Certificate
  • Communication – Corporate Cognate
  • Communication – Digital Media Management Cognate
  • Communication – Journalism and Media Communication Cognate
  • Communication Minor
  • Communication Studies Certificate
  • Communication Studies – Composite Major
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science Minor
  • Customer Relationship Management Certificate
  • Cybersecurity for Information Systems Management Certificate
  • Digital Design
  • Digital Design Certificate
  • Digital Design Minor
  • Digital Marketing Certificate
  • Early Childhood Endorsement
  • Earth and Environmental Science Minor
  • Elementary Education
  • English – Prof Writing Concentration
  • English – Lit Studies Concentration
  • English – General English Concentration
  • English – Technical Writing Concentration
  • English Education
  • English Minor
  • English Studies Certificate
  • Enterprise Applications Certificate
  • Environmental Science
  • Exercise Science and Rehabilitative Studies
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Science – Conservation Law Enforcement Concentration
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Science – Fisheries Concentration
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Science – Wildlife Concentration
  • Healthcare Aide Certificate
  • Health Education
  • Health Education Minor
  • Health Science
  • Health Studies Minor
  • History
  • History Education
  • History Minor
  • History Studies Certificate
  • Human Resources Minor
  • Human Services – Child and Family Studies Concentration
  • Human Services – Criminal Justice Concentration
  • Human Services – General Human Services Concentration
  • Human Services – Gerontology Concentration
  • Kindergarten Endorsement
  • Library & Information Technologies (LIT)
  • Library Media and Information Science Minor
  • Marketing Minor
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Education Program – Concentration in Elementary Education
  • Master of Education Program – Concentration in English Education
  • Master of Education Program – Concentration in Library and Information Technologies (LIT)
  • Master of Education Program – Concentration in Teaching English Language Learners (ELL)
  • Master of Education Program – Concentration in Teaching Technology (T&T)
  • Master of Education Program – Concentration in Technology Education (Tech Ed)
  • Master of Science in Business Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mathematics Minor
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Middle Level Education Certificate of Completion
  • Music – Audio Production Concentration
  • Music – General Studies Concentration
  • Music – Performance Concentration
  • Music Audio Production Certificate
  • Music Audio Production Minor
  • Music Composition Certificate
  • Music Education – K-12 Music
  • Music Education Minor
  • Music Minor
  • Physical Education (Elementary and Secondary) Minor
  • Physical Education K-12
  • Physical Education Studies Certificate
  • Physics Minor
  • Piano Pedagogy Certificate
  • Piano Pedagogy Minor
  • Political Science Minor
  • Professional Sales Certificate
  • Psychology
  • Psychology Minor
  • Reading Certificate of Completion
  • Social Science
  • Social Science Education
  • Sociology Minor
  • Software Development Certificate
  • Software Engineering
  • Spanish
  • Spanish Certificate
  • Spanish Education
  • Spanish Minor
  • Sport Leadership
  • Sport Management
  • STEM Education
  • STEM Education – Elementary Certificate
  • STEM Education – Secondary Certificate
  • STEM Education Gifted and Talented Endorsement
  • Strategist Special Education Endorsement
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Strength and Conditioning Certificate
  • Teaching English Language Learners
  • Teaching English Language Learners (ELL) Endorsement
  • Teaching English Language Learners Minor
  • Technical Writing Minor
  • Technology Education
  • Technology Education Minor


 Academic year prices for full-time, first-time undergraduate students2021-222020-212019-20
    Tuition & fees
      In-state$8,195 $7,942 $7,707 
      Out-of-state$12,969 $12,532 $12,120 
    Books and supplies$1,100 $1,100 $1,100 
      Room and board$6,919 $6,684 $6,610 
      Other expenses$3,802 $3,636 $3,636 
      Room and board$6,919 $6,684 $6,778 
      Other expenses$3,802 $3,636 $3,636 
    Off-campus with family
      Other expenses$3,802 $3,636 $3,636

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