Valley City State University Overview
Valley City State University is a public institution located in Valley City, North Dakota. The surrounding location of Valley City is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.
What Is Valley City State University Known For?
- The master's degree is the highest award offered at Valley City State University.
- In 2019-2020, 54% of the faculty were full-time.
- Students who graduate from Valley City State University with a bachelor's degree make about $45,429 a year. That's 11% more than those who graduate from other schools.
Valley City State University Rankings
According to our 2023 analysis, Valley City State University is ranked #61 out of 2,018 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. It is also ranked #1 out of 11 schools in North Dakota.
These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.
Valley City State University has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Valley City State University.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Valley City State University has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Valley City State University?
Contact details for Valley City State University are given below.
|Address:||101 College St Sw, Valley City, ND 58072|
How Do I Get Into Valley City State University?
You can apply to Valley City State University online at: www.vcsu.edu/admissions/apply/
Admission Requirements for Valley City State University
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|Recommendations||neither required nor recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||considered but not required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Valley City State University?
Approximately 54% of accepted students are men and 46% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 80%, and the acceptance rate for women is 81%.
Average Test Scores
About 8% of students accepted to Valley City State University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 460 and 520. Math scores were between 420 and 550.
Can I Afford Valley City State University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Valley City State University, approximately 70% of students took out student loans averaging $6,135 a year. That adds up to $24,540 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at Valley City State University is 7.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.
Valley City State University Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 135 graduate students at the school.
Of the 894 full-time undergraduates at Valley City State University, 44% are male and 56% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Valley City State University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||34|
|Hispanic or Latino||50|
North Dakota students aren't the only ones who study at Valley City State University. At this time, 14 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 7 countries are represented at Valley City State University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Canada, Australia, and Saint Lucia.
Online Learning at Valley City State University
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Valley City State University has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 2nd most popular in North Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.
Online Affordability Rankings of Valley City State University
During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Valley City State University was $7,942 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $12,532. The following table shows how Valley City State University is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.
|Major||Tuition for In-State Students||Tuition for Out-of-State Students|
|Visual & Performing Arts||#13||#23|
|General Social Sciences||#16||#4|
|General English Literature||#19||#13|
|Management Information Systems||#19||#28|
|Communication & Journalism||#22||#26|
|Communication & Media Studies||#25||#29|
|English Language & Literature||#39||#52|
|Teacher Education Grade Specific||#58||#28|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||#64||#63|
Online Growth Rankings of Valley City State University
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Valley City State University was -8.2%. This is the #1,973 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Valley City State University regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Valley City State University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
|Major||1-Year Growth Rate|
|Business, Management & Marketing||4%|
|Communication & Journalism||38%|
|Communication & Media Studies||38%|
|English Language & Literature||67%|
|General English Literature||67%|
|Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities||94%|
|Liberal Arts General Studies||94%|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||2%|
|Visual & Performing Arts||33%|
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Valley City State University ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Valley City State University.
|Major||Growth Rate Rank|
|Teaching English or French||#146|
|Management Information Systems||#149|
|General English Literature||#150|
|Visual & Performing Arts||#206|
|English Language & Literature||#266|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||#463|
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Valley City State University Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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