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101 College St SW, Valley City, ND

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Valley City State University, located in Valley City, North Dakota, is a public land grant university founded in 1890. Originally founded as a normal school, today it is part of the 11 member North Dakota State University System. The school is a laptop university school, which provides all students a laptop as part of the technology fee which also grants campus wide wireless internet access. The school serves nearly 1400 students a year, and is dedicated to providing them the best educational opportunities possible.

Valley City State University offers a number of majors to allow students to choose the academic program that best suits their needs and goals. Such programs typically take four years to complete and result in a bachelor's degree. Minor degree programs are also available, allowing students to add an additional area of study to their curriculum that may be taken out of interest or to augment one's major.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in Valley City State University must have completed the equivalent of a high school education. Students must submit an application for admission, transcripts and standardized test scores. If they meet the requirements for admissions, they will receive notification of acceptance and begin the process of enrollment. Registration takes place prior to the start of each semester.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will be used to determine a student's financial needs, program eligibility and monetary awards. Financial aid must be applied for every year, prior to the start of the school year.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give an overview of the applicants Valley City State University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students who were accepted, as well as any college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting accepted to Valley City State University.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Recommended
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English15 - 22
ACT ® Math17 - 23
ACT ® Composite Score18 - 22

Acceptance Rate Table

The table below lists the chances for admission at Valley City State University.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions311 (87%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled201 (65%)

Student Enrollment

Valley City State University has a total student population of about 1,300, with undergraduate students making up about 89% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $9,900. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $35 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • In-State: $4,700-$5,600
    • Out-of-State: $12,000-$14,920
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $230-$270 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $490-$580 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid93%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships93%$5,372
Receiving Student Loans64%$5,543

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 7%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Valley City State University may provide services including:

  • Online course work available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment
  • Assistance to find work

Graduation Rates

Valley City State University has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 42%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years23%
Graduating in 5 Years16%
Graduating in 6 Years2%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Music Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation (since 1997)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (since 1954)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Valley City State University is a Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), with many of the sports being in the NAIA Division II classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Dakota Athletic Conference)
  • Basketball (Dakota Athletic Conference)
  • Track and Field (Dakota Athletic Conference)
  • Football (Dakota Athletic Conference)
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)


  • Elementary Education (B)
  • Technology Teacher Education Teacher Education (B, M)
  • Business Teacher Education (B)
  • Physical Education (B)
  • Mathematics Teacher Education (B)
  • Technical Teacher Education (B)
  • Music Teacher Education (B)
  • History Teacher Education (B)
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (B)
  • Art Teacher Education (B)
  • Biology Teacher Education (B)
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education

Business and Marketing Studies

Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management (B)

Communications and Journalism

Public Administration and Social Services

Health and Clinical Professions

  • Health Preparatory Programs (B)

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Computer (B)



Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Social Sciences

  • Social Sciences (B)

English Language and Literature

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Visual and Performing Arts

Mathematics and Statistics

Physical Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature

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