Recognized as one of the top public regional colleges in the Midwest and one of America’s “Best Colleges” for 22 consecutive years by U.S. News, VCSU offers more than 80 undergraduate programs in art, business, communication arts, computer systems and software engineering, education, kinesiology and human performance, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, social science, and technology education. Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree programs are also available.
Founded in 1890 as a "normal school" (or teachers college), VCSU remains true to its heritage and has an outstanding reputation for producing some of the finest K-12 educators in the region.
VCSU enhances the learning experience by providing full-time students with access to their own laptop, advanced multimedia technology, high-speed wireless networking, and classrooms equipped with the latest educational technology. A student-faculty ratio of 13:1 gives students one-to-one access to faculty in ways that are impossible at other universities.
The 55-acre campus is bordered on the south by a forested hillside and on the north by the Sheyenne River. Campus architecture features a graceful blend of historic and modern buildings. The central campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District, and in May 2017, BuzzFeed named VCSU’s campus the most beautiful college campus in North Dakota.
The university is located in the southeastern part of the state in the city from which the institution takes its name. Valley City has a population of approximately 6,500 and is located 58 miles west of Fargo on Interstate 94, making the campus easily accessible both from the east and west. Valley City was named Expedia’s “Most Beautiful Town” in North Dakota in March 2017.
All full-time students and faculty, as well as, most staff are issued either a MacBook Pro, or a Microsoft Windows based laptop. Full-time VCSU students, selected other collaborative students, and full-time faculty receive the latest model computer. Part-time students have a choice of either a current model laptop (depending on availability) or a previous model laptop at a lower cost.
Specifications for the laptops currently available to students at VCSU
14" HP Elitebook 840 G4 begin Fall 2017
MacBook Air 13" (Early 2015)
14.0" HP Elitebook 840 G2 (2015)
12.5" Lenovo ThinkPad Twist
13.3" Apple MacBook Pro (2013)
All users should refer to the appropriate Information Technology Orientation Guide for check out procedures and other information. In addition, part-time students should review the following document for information concerning eligibility, costs, and procedures.
Entire Semester, Full-time Access to VCSU Laptop Computers
Mac or PC Designation
Students will be issued either a Mac or a PC based on the major(s) declared and on record within CampusConnection. If a student is pursuing a program of study not listed or if the student is pursuing multiple majors with conflicting laptop designations, the Technology Service Desk will determine the laptop to issue taking into account inventory available and the wishes of the student.
Higher Learning Commission
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