Valley City State University has been ranked third among Midwest public regional colleges in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. VCSU has now been named a U.S. News “Best College” for 21 consecutive years, and the university has been ranked in the top three Midwest public regional colleges each year since 2010.“We’re pleased to once again be ranked among the top public schools in the region,” said Margaret Dahlberg, Ph.D., VCSU interim president. “Our faculty, staff, alumni and friends take great pride in the institution, and we work together with our students to provide them a first-rate education. More than two decades as a ‘Best College’ speaks to the big picture: the community’s sustained commitment to creating distinctive, learner-centered experiences.”U.S. News ranks schools based a number of criteria, including peer assessment, first-year retention rates, predicted and actual graduation rates, class sizes, student-faculty ratio, students’ ACT/SAT test scores, percentage of first-year students in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class, and alumni giving rate.Eighty colleges and university, including 13 public institutions, are included in the U.S. News “Regional Colleges in the Midwest” category. The region includes 12 states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska.The U.S. News rankings can be found in the “Best Colleges 2019” guidebook and online at www.usnews.com/best-colleges.