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Valley City State University Overview

Valley City State University is a public institution situated 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?

339 Undergraduate Awards
$19,317 Avg Cost After Aid
76% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Valley City State University.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 63% of the faculty were full-time.

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Valley City State University Rankings

Valley City State University is ranked #86 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Valley City State University also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in North Dakota ranking.

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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#46 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Valley City State University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Teaching English or French Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Online Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Most Popular Online Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Most Popular Online Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Valley City State University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual
#1 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#7 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#19 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#73 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual

Where Is Valley City State University?

Location of Valley City State University

Contact details for Valley City State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 101 College St Sw, Valley City, ND 58072
Phone: 701-845-7990
Website: www.vcsu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/valleycitystate
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VCSUVikings

How Do I Get Into Valley City State University?

You can apply to Valley City State University online at: www.apply.vcsu.edu

Admission Requirements for Valley City State University

Submission Required?
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 required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Valley City State University?

76% Acceptance Rate
46% Of Accepted Are Women
7% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Valley City State University is 76%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 54% of accepted students are men and 46% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 73%, and the acceptance rate for women is 80%.

Average Test Scores

About 7% 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 560. Math scores were between 520 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Valley City State University  ( 460 to 560 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Valley City State University  ( 520 to 560 )
200
800
Valley City State University received ACT scores from 93% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 22. Math scores were between 17 and 24. Composite scores were between 18 and 23.

ACT English Scores for Valley City State University  ( 16 to 22 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Valley City State University  ( 17 to 24 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Valley City State University  ( 18 to 23 )
1
36

Can I Afford Valley City State University?

$19,317 Net Price
68% Take Out Loans
7.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Valley City State University is $19,317. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Valley City State University, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $7,010 a year. That adds up to $28,040 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Valley City State University is 7.4%. 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

862 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,404 undergraduate students at Valley City State University, with 862 being full-time and 542 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Valley City State University

There are also 143 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 862 full-time undergraduates at Valley City State University, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Valley City State University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Valley City State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Valley City State University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 20
Hispanic or Latino 52
White 715
International Students 17
Other Races/Ethnicities 56

Geographic Diversity

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

738 Took All Classes Online
1,121 Took At Least One Class Online
6.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 13 bachelor’s degree and 2 master’s degree programs available online at Valley City State University. In 2017-2018, 1,121 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Valley City State University has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 6th most popular in North Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

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 6.7%. This is the #1,552 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
Communication & Journalism 60%
Communication & Media Studies 60%
Computer & Information Sciences 42%
Computer Information Systems 36%
Education 18%
English Language & Literature 88%
General English Literature 88%
Music 73%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 16%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 20%
Visual & Performing Arts 71%

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
Music #18
Teaching English or French #39
Management Information Systems #48
Visual & Performing Arts #63
Communication & Media Studies #68
Communication & Journalism #100
Computer Information Systems #110
Teacher Education Subject Specific #134
Computer & Information Sciences #255
Education #433

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.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Teacher Education Subject Specific 13 75 15 39 142
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 113 0 8 121
Business Administration & Management 0 24 0 0 24
Health & Physical Education 7 9 0 0 16
Computer Information Systems 6 5 0 0 11
Wildlife Management 0 11 0 0 11
Music 5 6 0 0 11
General English Literature 0 8 0 0 8
Human Services 0 8 0 0 8
General Biology 0 7 0 0 7
General Psychology 0 7 0 0 7
Computer Engineering 0 6 0 0 6
Communication & Media Studies 0 5 0 0 5
Teaching English or French 0 0 4 0 4
Design & Applied Arts 4 0 0 0 4
Natural Resources Conservation 0 3 0 0 3
Management Information Systems 0 2 0 0 2
Romance Languages 2 0 0 0 2
Allied Health Professions 0 2 0 0 2
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 2 0 0 2
History 0 2 0 0 2
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 2 0 0 2
Fine & Studio Arts 0 2 0 0 2
General Sales & Marketing 1 0 0 0 1
Computer Software & Applications 1 0 0 0 1
General Social Sciences 0 1 0 0 1
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0 0 0
Mathematics 0 0 0 0 0
Chemistry 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 39 300 19 47 405

References

*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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