Sep 24th, 2009 @ 8:17 am | Author:
Total enrollment grows to largest in nine years

Final fall enrollment figures at Valley City State University (VCSU) showed total headcount increased from 1,019 in 2008 to 1,083 this year, an increase of 6.3%. Undergraduate headcount of 961 was a 6.8% increase from 2008, while graduate headcount of 122 was a slight increase over 2008. VCSU also has 6.7% more students living in campus residence halls compared to a year ago.

VCSU President Steve Shirley said, "The faculty and staff at VCSU have focused on a number of initiatives to increase enrollment, and we are pleased that these initiatives are showing results. These solid results also reflect the responsiveness of our academic programs in serving the needs of college-bound students."

According to Dr. Shirley, new programs and recent collaborative efforts are contributing to enrollment growth. One addition that has been popular is online undergraduate core music courses. In another example, a collaboration between VCSU, Dakota College at Bottineau and local healthcare providers allows students in Valley City to earn a licensed practical nurse (LPN) certificate.

Another strategy VCSU is using to drive enrollment growth is an expansion of intercollegiate athletic opportunities. According to Shirley, "Enrollment this semester included new students that came to VCSU as a result of adding men's and women's golf this fall. We also recently completed a campaign to raise $150,000 to fund the return of cross country and track & field, and anticipate that we will see these sports attract additional students for the 2010-2011 academic year."

Valley City State University (VCSU) prepares people for life through visionary leadership and exemplary practices in teaching, learning and service. VCSU is nationally acclaimed for attracting and retaining talented individuals who advance quality learning opportunities and economic growth through technology and innovation.