School Name: Valley City State University
School Accreditation: NCA, HLC
School Type: Public, Non-Profit
Undergraduate Tuition: $15,406
Graduate Tuition: $6,422
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ABOUT Valley City State University

Recognized as the No. 1 public regional college in the Midwest and one of America’s ’Best Colleges’ for 20 consecutive years by U.S. News, VCSU offers more than 80 undergraduate programs in art, business, communication arts, computer systems and software engineering, education, health and physical education, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, social science, and technology education. Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree programs are also available. Founded in 1890 as a "normal school" (or teachers college), VCSU remains true to its heritage and has an outstanding reputation for producing some of the finest K-12 educators in the region. VCSU enhances the learning experience by providing full-time students with access to their own laptop, advanced multimedia technology, high-speed wireless networking, and classrooms equipped with the latest educational technology. A student-faculty ratio of about 11:1 gives students one-to-one access to faculty in ways that are impossible at other universities. The 55-acre campus is bordered on the south by a forested hillside and on the north by the Sheyenne River. Campus architecture features a graceful blend of historic and modern buildings. The central campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District, and in May 2017, BuzzFeed named VCSU’s campus the most beautiful college campus in North Dakota. The university is located in the southeastern part of the state in the city from which the institution takes its name. Valley City has a population of approximately 6,500 and is located 58 miles west of Fargo on Interstate 94, making the campus easily accessible both from the east and west. Valley City was named Expedia’s ’Most Beautiful Town’ in North Dakota in March 2017. Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, VCSU is one of 11 institutions in the North Dakota University System (NDUS). NDUS comprises four regional universities (Dickinson State University, Mayville State University, Minot State University and VCSU), two research universities (North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota), and five community colleges (Bismarck State College, Dakota College at Bottineau, Lake Region State College, North Dakota State College of Science and Williston State College). The NDUS schools work cooperatively to provide students access to excellence and innovation in education.

At VCSU a group of student volunteers, the Viking Campus Activities Board (or VCAB), helps to organize different events on campus. This group works together to coordinate over thirty student organizations and honor societies, set up intramural sports, plan different themed dances, and many, many other activities. There's always something going on! If you find there is an organization that we don't have, you can form one. There's bound to be other students interested in the same thing. One of the biggest challenges you'll face is how to balance all of the fun co-curricular activities with the demands of your academic course work. But studies show that involved, engaged students are able to manage their time and succeed in both the classroom and outside it.

Valley City State University degree programs

  • #B.A. in Professional Communication
  • #B.S. in Professional Communication
  • #B.S. in Education - History Education
  • #B.A. in Business Process Integration Management
  • #B.S. in Business Process Integration Management
  • #B.S. in Education - Technology Education
  • #B.A. in Career and Technical Education
  • #B.S. in Career and Technical Education
  • #B.S. in Education - Career and Technical Education
  • #B.A. in Music
  • #B.S. in Music
  • #B.S. in Education - English Education
  • #B.A. in Music
  • #B.S. in Music
  • #B.A. in Business Process Integration Management
  • #B.A. in Professional Communication
  • #B.S. in Business Process Integration Management
  • #B.S. in Education - Business Education
  • #B.S. in Professional Communication
  • #Certificate in Customer Relationship Management
  • #Certificate in Enterprise Applications
  • #Certificate in Technology Education
  • #Endorsement in Teaching English Language Learners ESL
  • #Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners
  • #Certificate in Customer Relationship Management
  • #Certificate in Enterprise Applications
  • #Graduate Certificate in Library and Information Technologies
  • #Certificate in Customer Relationship Management
  • #Certificate in Library Media Specialist
  • #Graduate Certificate in Library and Information Technologies
  • #Endorsement in Teaching English Language Learners ESL
  • #Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners
  • #M.Ed. in Technology Education - Secondary STEM Education
  • #M.Ed. in English Education
  • #M.Ed. in Teaching English Language Learners
  • #M.Ed. in Library and Information Technologies
  • #M.Ed. in Technology Education
  • #M.Ed. in Teaching English Language Learners
  • #M.Ed. in Elementary Education
  • #M.Ed. in Technology Education - Elementary STEM Education

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