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- Campus FoodB
- Student LifeB-
Valley City State is a public university located in Valley City, North Dakota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 862 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Valley City State acceptance rate is 74%. Popular majors include Elementary Education, Business, and Physical Education Teaching and Coaching. Graduating 50% of students, Valley City State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,400.
NAIA Division II
North Star Athletic Association
Valley City State University Rankings
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Valley City State Admissions
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.6 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.8 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.8 responses
Most Popular Majors
Elementary Education100 Graduates
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching22 Graduates
English and Speech Teacher Education14 Graduates
Wildlife and Fisheries Management13 Graduates
Human Services10 Graduates
Health Teacher Education6 Graduates
History Teacher Education6 Graduates
Information Science6 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.10 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.13 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.7 responses
Valley City State University Reviews
Education wise, good school. Disappointing in that when one earns credentials such as certificates, they do not actually provide you with a certificate. They apparently cannot afford to print a certificate on a piece of parchment paper. They receive two stars for this because the entire 4 years of going to school at VCSU, the terminology that "I would earn a diploma and a certificate" apparently meant they will do nothing more than notate on the transcript the certificate. This was especially irritating as the ONLY reason for completing my degree at age 50 was for the piece of paper that they will not provide. Thousands of dollars spent, and they cannot provide a certificate that was earned so it can be framed.
Valley City State University is a smaller school, which allows for more one-on-one contact with professors. I feel like the professors actually care about my college career since their classes are so small they can learn my name. Valley City State has also created a wide array of opportunities to have fun and meet people. I know students who drive from nearby schools just to come to VCSU activities!
What I liked about Valley City is how comfortable you can get there. It's honestly like another home to me and everyone there that you talk to is so easy to be open with. You get along with so many people and it's so easy to get to know so many different people as well. The Professors know you by name and are always willing to help you, plus our Learning Center is so easy to access and the tutors are amazing.