Valley City State University


TYPES OF DEGREES Master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees and certificate programs





VCSU has a beautiful, historic campus, and students, faculty, and staff form a close-knit group, living and learning together. Opportunities for participation and engagement abound in a variety of student organizations and activities, and students recognize and appreciate the camaraderie of the campus community.

VCSU was founded as a teacher’s college in 1890, and that legacy carries over into excellence in teaching in all disciplines today, creating a student-focused, learner-centered environment.

Perhaps the most relevant testimony for VCSU’s effectiveness as a university comes from its loyal alumni, who share fond memories of their educational experience and heartfelt feelings for the faculty and staff who helped them learn and grow. They show their love for the university by providing financial support for student scholarships and other programs.


Valley City, population 6,600, is the county seat of Barnes County. It features a robust retail district, several beautiful parks, and many restaurants. The Sheyenne River flows through town, and Valley City is known as the "City of Bridges."


The gateway to the Sheyenne River Valley, the Valley City area combines peaceful small-town life with easy interstate access to Fargo. The locale, rich in history and North Dakota lore, provides many opportunities for outdoor activities year-round, including outstanding hunting and fishing.


VCSU welcomes applications from all students who believe they can succeed at the college/university level.

As a freshman applicant, your admission to VCSU is based on your cumulative high school GPA and ACT/SAT score, along with the successful completion of high school core courses.

Students who do not meet the admissions guidelines will be evaluated on an individual basis, taking into consideration ACT/SAT scores, GPA, the academic rigor of coursework, advanced courses, and grade trends, among other factors.

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VCSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education–American Association of School Librarians (NCATE–AASL), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).


TUITION $190.42 per credit hour
FEES $1,912.96 full-time yearly**; $79.70 per credit hour part-time
ROOM & BOARD $6,399

* North Dakota full-time resident rates; non-resident rates are available at Room and board rates assume double occupancy and 15 meals per week, with $150 flex cash.

**Includes a laptop computer and software, and Wellness Center membership.


The VCSU scholarship program offers several internal scholarship opportunities for students. Academic scholarships range from $1,500 one-time awards up to $16,000 awards over four years.

Scholarship candidates are evaluated based on their cumulative 9–12 grade GPA and ACT or SAT score. These scholarships, made possible through the generous donations of friends and alumni, are available to students enrolled in full-time, on-campus courses at VCSU. For more information, visit


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VCSU offers a host of online programs for distance students, including the following undergraduate majors: Business Education, Business Process Integration Management, Career and Technical Education, Communication, English, English Education, History, History Education, Music, Social Science, Social Science Education, and Technology Education.

Two graduate programs are also available completely online. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program offers individuals an opportunity to earn a teaching degree and a license to teach in one of 12 secondary education majors. The Master’s Degree in Education (M.Ed.) program includes concentrations in Elementary Education, English Education, Library and Information Technologies, Teaching English Language Learners, Teaching and Technology, and Technology Education.

VCSU also offers a number of online minor and certificate programs, including Library Media, Psychology, Teaching English Language Learners (minor) or ESL Endorsement, M.Ed. Teaching English Language Learners Certificate (ELL), M.Ed. Library and Information Technologies Certificate, Technology Education, Customer Relationship Management Certificate, and Enterprise Applications Certificate.

Why Choose VCSU?

Outstanding Learning Environment: VCSU is a laptop campus; every full-time student receives a laptop equipped with the latest multimedia technology and enjoys high-speed wireless access, and advanced educational technology throughout campus. VCSU students are prepared to use technology to excel in their careers.

Personable Campus: The VCSU student-faculty ratio is 13:1, among the best in the nation. Students benefit from the attention of faculty and staff who get to know them by name.

First-Rate Residence Halls: All residence halls include wired and wireless Internet access, study lounges, cable TV, full carpeting, on-premises free laundry, and more. Recently remodeled suites add spacious rooms and air conditioning.

Great Job Prospects: The VCSU placement rate is outstanding. Surveys show that employers have very high satisfaction with VCSU graduates.

Attractive Transfer Policies: Credits from other NCA-accredited institutions typically transfer directly to meet VCSU core or major requirements. Transfer students can complete degree programs conveniently and cost-effectively.

Athletics: A member of the North Star Athletic Association, VCSU offers men’s varsity football and baseball, women’s varsity volleyball and softball, and men’s and women’s varsity basketball, track and field, cross country, and golf, plus numerous intramural sports. The VCSU Vikings have achieved considerable success in NAIA postseason play.

Wellness Center: The Gaukler Family Wellness, Health and Physical Education Center combines a workout facility for students, faculty, staff, and community members, and a home for the VCSU Kinesiology and Human Performance Department. Facilities include a fitness area, multi-sport courts, a walking track, and a swimming pool. Student membership is included as part of the VCSU fee structure.

Points of Pride

  • VCSU has been named a U.S. News “Best College” for 21 consecutive years.
  • VCSU was the second laptop university in the nation and continues to lead the way in the incorporation of technology into teaching and learning.
Valley City State University


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Valley City State University

101 College Street SW
Valley City, ND 58072

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