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Valley City State University Department of Mathematics will host the 1st Annual VCSU Math Competition for students in grades 7-12 on Wednesday, April 17. The online registration form is available at https://vcsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cN2celJl4bBNBwq. Participants must register by Friday, March 22. The event will run from 9:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m. Participants and teachers/coaches will receive a …

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Headcount of 1,747 students paired with highest FTE during spring semester in school history Valley City, ND – Valley City State University has set another enrollment record with 1,747 total students enrolled for Spring 2024. This includes 1,628 undergraduate students and 119 graduate students. The semester also set a Full Time Equivalent (FTE) record at …

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U.S. News and World Reports ranks VCSU for Best Online Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education Programs Valley City State University (VCSU) has been ranked again by U.S. News and World Report as having one of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. VCSU was also recognized for having one of the Best Online Master’s in Education programs. …

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The Forge, VCSU’s literary publication, has been recognized as a Superior magazine by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). This year, schools in 46 states and five countries nominated 375 student magazines. Magazines from middle school, high school, and higher education were welcomed for the 2023 contest. “I’d like to thank the student …

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Tax preparation dates begin Monday, Feb. 5 Valley City, ND – Valley City State University (VCSU) students will offer free tax return preparation clinics for low-to-moderate income taxpayers from Monday, Feb. 5 to Monday, April 15. This is a basic tax service for qualified taxpayers with income less than $64,000 per year. The Volunteer Income …

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Valley City State University celebrated student achievement during the Winter Commencement ceremony Thursday, Dec. 14, in Vangstad Auditorium. 133 students earned their degrees this summer or fall, including 101 undergraduate recipients and 32 graduate students. A full list of graduates is available here. “While the accomplishments you are recognized for today are significant, perhaps the …

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Valley City, ND – Valley City State University (VCSU) will host winter commencement at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14, in Vangstad Auditorium. President Alan LaFave will preside over the commencement exercises. Curtis Biller, will represent the State Board of Higher Education (SBHE). The undergraduate reflections will be presented by graduating senior, Cora Potts, and the …

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Valley City State University (VCSU) today announced the school was recognized for Leadership in Continuous Improvement by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP awarded the 2023 Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement to 21 educator preparation programs in 15 states and the United Arab Emirates. Winning schools provided evidence and …

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Sending warm wishes to you and yours for a safe, relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. We celebrate the achievements of 2023, and look with excitement to what 2024 will bring. May we all continue to pursue success for our students, community, and state as we move forward together.

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The Valley City State University (VCSU) Concert Band and other instrumental ensembles will present a fall instrumental concert in the Center for the Arts Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17. Admission to the concert is free, and donations to support the work of the ensembles are welcome. The concert will include a Woodwind …

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Yesterday -The Beatles Tribute, a Las Vegas show band, will bring their critically acclaimed show to the Valley City Eagles Club on December 1 at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the V-500 Scholarship Fund. The band has performed around the world portraying musical icons, The Beatles, transporting its audience to a bygone …

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The Valley City State University (VCSU) Foundation announced the 2023 Viking Day of Giving will be Tuesday, Nov. 28. The Viking Day of Giving is an opportunity for alumni and friends of VCSU to come together on one day to support scholarships for students at VCSU. “A scholarship is life-changing for so many VCSU students and their families and it makes a …

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The Valley City State University (VCSU) Art Department invites the public to experience the Art Faculty Exhibition in the Center for the Arts. The show will run from October 9 – 20 with a reception on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 3-4 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Lobby. Artwork includes a variety of digital, …

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The Interim Higher Education Committee of the North Dakota Legislature conducted their meeting on Oct. 10, and Oct. 11, at Valley City State University (VCSU). Committee members from across the state toured campus and conducted their meeting in the new Center for the Arts. President Alan LaFave, Dr. Allen Burgad, Dr. Nick Galt, Larry Brooks, …

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1,754 students enrolled reflects 20 years of growth Valley City, ND – Valley City State University (VCSU) today announced it has enrolled the largest number of students in a fall semester in school history. There are a record 1,754 students in total enrolled at VCSU this semester. That number includes 1,628 undergraduate students, the most …

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26th consecutive year VCSU has been ranked by the publication Valley City, ND – Valley City State University (VCSU) today announced it has been ranked as the top regional public college in North Dakota for the third consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. The 2024 U.S. News Best Colleges report was released this …

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100 Straight!   The VCSU Trap Club traveled to Bismarck, ND on Saturday, Sept. 16 for the 2023 Fall Shootout hosted by Bismark State College. They were among seven college teams shooting at the Capital City Gun Club. Kaden Schafer, a first-year student majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, was the 1st Place Male in Singles …

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Prairie Waters Education and Research Center to move this summer to the Valley City National Fish Hatchery Valley City, ND – Valley City State University’s (VCSU) Prairie Waters Education and Research Center will be partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Valley City National Fish Hatchery and Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons in a new …

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Rating by Money.com determined through quality and affordability Valley City State University (VCSU) has been rated as one of the Best Colleges in America for 2023 by Money.com. VCSU was given four out of five stars and is one of four North Dakota schools included in the ratings. The overall ratings are determined by comparing …

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Valley City State University (VCSU) has selected Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country (CCBCHC) as the new beverage vendor for the campus. The selection was made after a competitive bid process. Coca-Cola will supply vending machines, beverage service stations in the cafeteria, athletic concession and support various student activities throughout the school year. The contract begins …

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On Monday, June 13 the Valley City State University Foundation honored its donors who have reached a new level of giving. This year’s Recognition Luncheon drew over 90 attendees, held at Sabir’s Fine Dining & Lounge.  Individuals and businesses were recognized for their continued support of the University through donations, volunteerism, and other efforts. During …

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While most teachers are spending the summer enjoying the warm weather, a group of 16 found themselves back in the classroom this week at Valley City State University (VCSU). VCSU hosted a two-day IT/Cyber bootcamp for K-12 teachers. The program was offered in partnership with the DakotaDigital Academy (DDA) and the Northern Information Technology Consortium …

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Fourteen adventurous individuals, associated with Valley City State University, with a variety of experience, skillsets, and interests recently joined together on a service-learning trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The group focused on learning about different cultures and understanding programming and resources that minimize violence in relationships. Each day was filled with cultural activities and educational …

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Valley City State University’s (VCSU) School of Education and Graduate Studies has been reaccredited through 2030 by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The accreditation process requires a comprehensive evaluation of the curriculum and field experiences. This includes reviewing the teaching and content knowledge, skills, and dispositions for teacher candidates to successfully enter …

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$11.5 million approved by the State of North Dakota for the Project Valley City, ND – Valley City State University (VCSU) will receive $11.5 million from the State of North Dakota to transform historic McCarthy Hall into a new home for the VCSU School of Education. The funding was included in the recently endorsed House …

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Valley City State University is hosting an art exhibition representing the cultural heritage of North Dakota. The show incorporates work from 24 different artists from multiple entities within the North Dakota University System (NDUS). The show has been traveling around the state this Spring and Fall. The NDUS traveling show will be in the VCSU …

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60+ students and faculty present academic research and projects Valley City State University’s (VCSU) hosted the 2023 Scholar Symposium on Tuesday, May 2. The Symposium featured the work of more than 60 students and faculty across multiple disciplines. The Symposium gave undergraduate students the opportunity to showcase their research, writing, and other creative projects developed …

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President Alan LaFave has announced the Valley City State University Faculty Excellence Awards for 2022–23, recognizing “exceptional dedication and commitment to students and the university by outstanding teaching, scholarly activities, or university service.” This year’s recipients include: Teather Sundstrom, Ph.D. – Senior Faculty (associate or full professor) award Gratia Brown, M.F.A – Junior Faculty (instructor …

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Twelve students from Valley City State University (VCSU) Trap Club took home the  championship in American Trap at the North Dakota State Collegiate Clay Target Championship on Saturday, April 29, 2023 in Jamestown, ND. VCSU students earned a total score of 422/500, beating out other competitive teams from around the state. Team members include: Bridger Pulver, Grant Larson, Elijah Brovold, Ashley …

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by Garret Fettig ’23 English & Communication Marketing Intern First of all, congratulations! Hopefully you’ve been told this all weekend, but walking across the stage and grabbing your diploma after years of work is an amazing feat. But now what? Take a deep breath, to start. Then go through this list and take things a …

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by Garret Fettig ’23 English & Communication Marketing Intern You’ve probably heard it all before: “Soak it all in!” “These are the best years of your life!” “Finish strong!” But as students approach graduation, they often want a little more useful advice than the familiar cliched sayings. As a graduating senior myself, I’ve compiled all …

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12 VCSU Students Inducted into the International Honor Society in Psychology Twelve Valley City State University (VCSU) students were inducted during the inaugural ceremony for the new Psi Chi chapter on campus. Psi Chi is the college student honor society for the International Honor Society in Psychology. “We are proud to bring Psi Chi to …

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Valley City State University hosted the Valley City Regional Science Olympiad for teams of high school and middle school students on Thursday, March 30. Approximately 400 students from 29 different schools competed. The students participated in a variety of events, 23 total, including Forensics, Flight, Roller Coaster and Dynamic Planet. Teather Sundstrom, Ph.D., VCSU professor …

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Psychology student Isabel Grueneich ’23, was recently selected to receive the Gilman Program award. Grueneich is one of 452 undergraduate students to receive this prestigious scholarship in the United States. Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. The program has increased U.S. participation in study abroad, …

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Valley City State University Health Services will once again host the annual Wellness Fair on Wednesday, April 19 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Student Center on campus. The event is free and open to the public and participants can expect hands on activities, wellness information, free samples, door prizes and a variety …

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Valley City State University Health Services will once again host the annual Wellness Fair on Wednesday, March 1 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Student Center on campus. The event is free and open to the public and participants can expect hands on activities, wellness information, free samples, door prizes and a variety …

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Valley City State University Health Services will once again host the annual Wellness Fair on Wednesday, March 22 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Student Center on campus. The event is free and open to the public and participants can expect hands on activities, wellness information, free samples, door prizes and a variety …

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The VCSU Foundation will participate in Giving Hearts Day on Thursday, Feb. 9 for the 7th consecutive year. In 2022, 235 generous donors raised $18,524. Those dollars help VCSU students through scholarship support in addition to hosting alumni gatherings, award programs, Homecoming activities, and publish the alumni newsletter The Bulletin. On Thursday, Feb. 9, supporters …

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Top Regional School in North Dakota for online Bachelor’s degrees and online Master’s Education degree Valley City State University (VCSU) has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as having one of the best online Bachelor’s programs and one of the best online Master’s Education programs in the nation. The U.S. News and World …

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480 High School Students To Participate in Percussion and Wind Instrument Categories on Dec. 1 Valley City State University (VCSU) will host the 2022-2023 North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) Eastern Dakota Conference (EDC) contest for wind and percussion soloists. The contest begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Center for the Arts …

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21% enrollment growth over past decade Valley City, ND – Valley City State University (VCSU) has, for the fourth time in school history, a freshman class of more than 200 students. Enrollment information was released by the Office of the Registrar today. Overall enrollment at the university is 1,658 with 205 freshmen. Also included are …

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Scholarships available for paraprofessionals and substitute teachers seeking a teaching license Valley City State University (VCSU) has received a $600,000 grant from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction to help prepare more teachers to fill critical teaching needs across the state. The grant will fund the VCSU Grow Your Own Scholarship Program. This program …

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The Valley City Seven Alumni will be honored during the Valley City State University Alumni Association 2022 Homecoming celebration scheduled September 16 & 17. On Saturday morning, an all-Alumni Honors Breakfast will be held at the VCSU Student Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Honors Breakfast provides the VCSU Alumni Association with an opportunity to …

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25th consecutive year VCSU has been ranked by the publication Valley City State University (VCSU) today announced it has been ranked as the top regional public college in North Dakota by U.S. News and World Report. The 2023 U.S. News Best Colleges report was released this morning. VCSU has been ranked for 25 consecutive years. …

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Valley City State University (VCSU) today announced Erica Buchholz will serve as the next Vice President for Business Affairs (VPBA). Buchholz was appointed as an interim in this position earlier this year.  “Erica is an excellent addition to our leadership team,” VCSU President Alan LaFave said. “We are fortunate to have her skills and perspective …

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The Valley City State University Great Plains STEM Education Center (GPSEC) hosted students on campus for INSTEM Academy sessions June 5-9 and June 19-23. A total of 38 students from New Town Public Schools and Eight Mile School District in Trenton, N.D. participated in a wide variety of STEM classroom and lab experiences taught by …

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Valley City State University is excited to partner with Summer Nights on Central to host the first annual Summer Vikes on Central event on September 8 featuring live music by Slamabama. This event will welcome incoming and current VCSU students to Valley City and introduce them to local businesses and community members in a fun …

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Ribbon Cutting event begins at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 21 Valley City, ND – Valley City State University will have an official ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the new Center for the Arts. The ribbon cutting event will begin at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 21, and will include a short program, musical performance, …

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Valley City State University hosted the Valley City Regional Science Olympiad for teams of high school and middle school students on Thursday, March 24. Approximately 300 students from 24 different schools competed. The students participated in a variety of events including Ping Pong Parachute, Experimental Design, Crimebusters and Ornithology. In total, there were 21 events …

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Valley City State University hosted the Valley City Regional Science Olympiad for teams of high school and middle school students on Thursday, March 24. Approximately 300 students from 24 different schools competed. The students participated in a variety of events including Ping Pong Parachute, Experimental Design, Crimebusters and Ornithology. There were a total of 21 …

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