Join us on North Dakota’s most beautiful campus and become part of our Valley City State University family. Get ready to make lifelong friends and take charge of your education. VCSU is the launchpad that will propel you into the future.
Founded as a teacher’s college in 1890, VCSU boasts the top elementary education program in the country, and enjoys excellence in teaching all disciplines in a student-focused, learner-centered environment. Learn from highly qualified professors who will expand your ways of thinking and doing. Our campus embraces students from all backgrounds, acquainting them with new people and new ideas. VCSU continues to be the premier place to start your journey and learn something you love.
Do what you love here. Join a club to share your passion with others. Participate in intramural teams, join a musical group, or simply curl up in the Student Center with a good book from the Allen Memorial Library and a cup of coffee from Viking Grounds. We’re ready to help you recognize your potential and reach your goals.
Valley City, the “City of Bridges,” is home to 6,600 people and is the seat of Barnes County. The Sheyenne River flows through town, creating a picturesque, unique landscape complete with a beautiful downtown district, many restaurants, and numerous parks. The Valley City area combines peaceful small-town life with interstate access. Valley City is also the gateway to the Sheyenne River Valley. The locale, rich in history and North Dakota lore, provides many opportunities for outdoor activities year-round, including outstanding hunting and fishing.
Fargo/Moorhead and Jamestown are both just a drive away from Valley City, offering extended access to large retail stores and chain restaurants. VCSU maintains strong working ties professionally and academically with North Dakota State University, and with the University of Jamestown, VCSU keeps a good-natured rivalry steeped in tradition alive..
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.
Please visit www.vcsu.edu/enrollmentservices
for more information.
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), and the National
Association of Schools of Music (NASM).