VCSU sets spring enrollment records

Valley City State University has set spring enrollment records for the third consecutive year according to official Spring Semester 2018 census numbers released Tuesday, Feb. 6. The VCSU enrollment figures show a record spring headcount of 1,500 students, along with a spring record for FTE (full-time equivalent) enrollment of 1,044."The increase in enrollment numbers is a vote of confidence in our people and programs by our students," said Margaret Dahlberg, interim VCSU president. "The numbers reflect well on our faculty, staff, and the innovative environment we've created for our students to learn and grow. Our increasing enrollment figures also point to the positive efforts we've invested in retaining students and helping them achieve success once they have chosen VCSU." Over the last 10 years, VCSU spring headcount has grown from 959 to 1,500—a 56 percent increase—and spring FTE enrollment has increased from 767 to 1,044, a 36 percent increase.The record spring enrollment follows an all-time record headcount enrollment of 1,522 students in fall 2017.Last fall, U.S. News and World Report ranked VCSU the "No. 1 Public Regional College in the Midwest" for the third consecutive year and a U.S. News "Best College" for 20 consecutive years.VCSU offers bachelor's degree programs in a wide variety of disciplines and two graduate programs, the Master of Education (M.Ed.) and the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.). The graduate degrees are offered completely online, as are a host of undergraduate programs. Three-year bachelor's degree programs are available in a number of majors, and faculty engage students with free Open Educational Resources (OER) in place of textbooks in many courses.