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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.
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...
SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2013
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|SAT ® Critical Reading||420 - 460|
|SAT ® Math||440 - 510|
|SAT ® Writing||380 - 440|
|SAT ® Total Score||1240 - 1410|
ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2013
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|ACT ® English||15 - 23|
|ACT ® Math||17 - 24|
|ACT ® Composite Score||18 - 23|
Acceptance Rate Table
The table below lists the chances for admission at Valley City State University.
|Granted Admissions||286 (83%)|
|Accepted Students That Enrolled||186 (65%)|
Valley City State University has a total student population of about 1,400, with undergraduate students making up about 90% 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
- Annual tuition range estimates:
- In-State Tuition: $5,000-$6,000
- Nonresident Student Tuition: $13,000-$16,110
- Charges per unit:
- State Residents: $240-$280 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $520-$620 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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||93%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||93%||$5,372|
|Receiving Student Loans||64%||$5,543|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 5%.
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo 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
Valley City State University has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 42%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||23%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||16%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||2%|
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)
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 (373)
- Basketball (373)
- Track and Field (373)
- Football (373)
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 (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
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