Valley City State University
101 College St SW
Valley City, ND 58072
(701) 845-7101
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Valley City State University is a public four-year institution located near Fargo, in southeastern North Dakota. The school currently serves approximately 1400 area students and is a member of the North Dakota University system. Originally established in 1890 as a state normal school, the university now offers a number of bachelor’s and master’s degrees across five academic schools. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Valley City State University number one on their list of the top public schools in the nation. Additionally, the school’s online graduate degrees in education earned recognition in areas such as faculty credentials and training, student engagement and accreditation, and student services and technology.

Programs Offered

Students interested in enrolling at Valley City State University can choose from more than 80 degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Available majors include accounting, business administration, English, professional communication, history, human services, psychology, education, art, music, health science, mathematics, and biology, to name a few. Working adults and non-traditional students looking for more flexibility may also be interested in the school’s online graduate programs in education, which earned recognition from U.S. News & World Report in 2012. Undergraduate, certificate, and continuing education credit programs are also available for interested individuals.


Valley City State University was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools from 1915 to 1934. The school was then reaccredited in 1950. Programs in music and teacher education have also earned specialized accreditation.


Students interested in applying to Valley State University can do so online or via standard mail. There is a $35 non-refundable application fee due at the time of submission. In addition to the application form, students should request their official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT score reports be sent directly to the admissions office. If students have completed any college course work prior to enrolling at VCSU, they should also request these college transcripts be sent to the school. For the fall 2011 semester, 87% of applicants were admitted and 65% enrolled. To find out more details on admissions requirements for graduate or transfer students, please contact the enrollment services office or visit the school’s website.

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