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Welcome to the Bridges Program
Dakota College at Bottineau and Valley City State University have created a unique partnership program, known as the Bridges Program. Students are encouraged to apply to the Bridges Program when they do not meet the admission requirements to be admitted into Valley City State University. Students become DCB students located on the VCSU campus! The program is in its third year and has been gaining popularity.

Bridges Program Orientation

Summer Orientation for all new Bridges Program students will scheduled during Summer 2017. Orientation will take place in the morning prior to VCSU's Orientation. Bridges students and families will have the opportunity to learn more about Dakota College at Bottineau, register for classes, and learn more about Financial Aid. After the Bridges Orientation, students and families will participate in VCSU's orientation program and learn more about technology, residence life, campus activities and so much more!

Students can contact, Dr. Valerie Medinger, Bridges Program Coordinator, to sign up for orientation!

Dr. Valerie Medinger

VCSU Campus Life for Bridges Students

Bridges students can fully participate in VCSU's student life including:
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  • Living in one of VCSU's residence halls (including two modern resident halls with suites, air conditioning and private bathrooms).
  • Enjoying VCSU's dinning services.
  • Attending VCSU Campus Activities.
  • Participate in one of VCSU's many clubs, intramurals, and organizations
  • (excluding varsity athletics).
  • New Lenovo laptop computers. That's the eighth generation of laptops in fifteen years!

Who Qualifies for the Bridges Program?

If you are a high school graduate, or will be graduating from high school before entering the Bridges Program you are eligible. GED results are also accepted. This program is designed for students who do not meet VCSU's core requirements set by the NDUS policy. The requirements are:
Valley City State University applicants who do not meet the following admission guidelines qualify for the Bridges Program.
  • •4 units of English
  • •3 units of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
  • •3 units of lab science
  • •3 units of social science
  • 2.0 GPA
  • 18 ACT
Transfer students who have less then 24 transferrable credits and do not meet VCSU's core requirements are also eligible for the Bridges Program.

Transitioning to VCSU

In the past, students who did not meet the admission qualifications to attend VCSU would have to enroll at a two year school. Once they have completed the requirements for VCSU, they would apply to VCSU and transfer. Transferring to a school as a sophomore is not always fun and can be intimidating to some students. With the Bridges program, that is not the case.

Bridges students begin their college career right here at VCSU, which prevents them from feeling the uneasiness and unfamiliarity of transferring to a new school. They already know the VCSU campus, teachers, students, and offices.

Transferring from the Bridges program to VCSU is easy! After completing 24 transferrable credits (above 100 level) with a GPA of 2.0 or better, students can transfer easily to VCSU brining your credits along with you!

The Application Process

Applying to the Bridges Program is easy.

1) If you have previously applied to VCSU, students can fill out the Bridges Program Release Form. This form allows VCSU to forward your application file to DCB.

2) If you have not filled out an application for VCSU you will apply directly to Dakota College by clicking here here, and completing the online application.

All applicants must pay the $35.00 application fee to Dakota College.

3) Complete your FAFSA through Dakota College.
DCB's school code is:002995
If you have questions about Financial Aid visit DCB's website by clicking here here.

4) Contact your high school and/or college and request your final transcript(s) to be mailed to:
Dakota College Student Services
105 Simrall Blvd
Bottineau ND 58318

5) Fill out the VCSU Housing Application VCSU Housing Application and $50 deposit.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Bridges Program at 701.845.7490 or email