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Valley City State University

"Graduates of VCSU programs, whether from Education, Business, Computer Information Systems, Science, Liberal Arts, or Music all enjoy an educational background rich in technology skills that makes them stand out in the workplace. The laptop initiative, and the resulting 24/7 submersion in computer technologies, has changed the ways faculty teach and the ways students learn at VCSU. Our faculty makes use of a number of applications, simulation tools, tutoring software, and other instructional technologies as a matter of course—and our students graduate with skills that make them natural technology leaders in the workplace."
            -Dr. Margaret Dahlberg, Vice President of Academic Affairs


Ranked a U.S. News "Best College" for 21 consecutive years and No.1 or No. 2 among Public Regional Colleges in the Midwest for the past 6 years, VCSU offers 80 programs of study, Master's and Bachelor's Degrees with custom-tailored courses, industry based curricula and internships. VCSU enhances the learning experience by providing students with access to their own laptop; second college in the nation to do so; advanced multimedia technology, high-speed wireless networking, and classrooms equipped with the latest educational technology. A student-faculty ratio of about 12:1 gives students one-to-one access to faculty in ways that are impossible at other universities. VCSU develops highly qualified graduates and leaders with critical skills for the 21st century workforce. Student enrollment is growing and currently near 1,500 students with about 200 students in the Computer Systems and Software Engineering and Business Departments.

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VCSU Highlights

  • In fall 2013 VCSU began offering Bachelor's in Software Engineering, the first such undergraduate degree in ND. So far, there have been 8 graduates with a Bachelor's in Software Engineering. Currently, there are 21 students attending VCSU with a declared Software Engineering major.

  • Eight VCSU graduates since 2010 have been awarded EPSCOR Graduate Student Research Assistantships for Graduate School; this is more recipients than the rest of the regional colleges in North Dakota combined.

  • A $3.5 million renovation project to Vangstad Auditorium and the classroom building was completed in the spring of 2016.

  • In 2013 VCSU's Master's of Education program was ranked by US News as the 22nd Best Online Graduate Education Program among 143 colleges and universities in the United States (and the only North Dakota university to be ranked in this category).

  • In 2010, VCSU established the Great Plains STEM Education Center (GPSEC) to help create the path toward broadly implementing STEM Education in North Dakota.  GPSEC aims to demonstrate leadership in STEM education through professional development for K-12 teachers and administrators; promoting high-impact, effective learning opportunities that focus on 21st Century skills for students; and establishing connections with business and industry partners who share this vision. http://stem.vcsu.edu/

  • The new $10.3 Million expanded/renovated Rhoades Science Center is a premier facility in North Dakota for undergraduate science education. It is home to the Great Plains STEM Education Center, and accommodates the academic programs in high demand areas.

  • The Prairie Waters Education & Research Center is the first-of-its-kind facility in North Dakota. The Center was founded in 2010 and initially funded through a five-year $732,000 grant from the ND Department of Health (funds distributed from the EPA Clean Water Act). Located in the former Kathryn School in Kathryn, ND, it provides environmental education opportunities and research for teachers, students, and professionals. The website is: http://www.vcsu.edu/prairiewaters/

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Valley City - Barnes County Development Corporation
250 West Main Street
Valley City ND 58702

Phone: 701-840-7820
Fax: 701-845-1892
Email: vdg@hellovalley.com



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