Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 10:53 am | Author:
Valley City State University today announced first day total headcount of 1,312 students, a 10.3% increase over 2010 first day headcount of 1,190. First day new student headcount at VCSU is 324, a 5.2% increase over last year.

Dr. Steve Shirley, president of VCSU, said, "Valley City State University has been responding to educational demands by strategically implementing new academic initiatives, offering new opportunities for students, and upgrading facilities, and we are pleased these developments are helping drive steady and positive enrollment growth."

A significant factor in this growth has been the popularity of new major degree programs in fields related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) such as Health Science and Fisheries and Wildlife Science, which together have more than tripled in size over the last five years. To accommodate this growth in the sciences and continue serving the region's students in critical fields, VCSU is scheduled to break ground later this fall on the $10.3 million renovation and expansion of the Rhoades Science Center that was approved during the 2011 Legislative session.

In addition, the number of transfer students increased by 39.0% to 114 this year compared to 82 in 2010. Scholarships also continued to play an important role as the VCSU Foundation reported record scholarship commitments for the 2010-11 academic year of $757,000.

The enrollment gains are also driving an increasing population on campus. This year, the first day student population in the residence halls is 358, a 6.6% increase over the final student population in 2010 and the highest residential population in over a decade. This Fall also marks the opening of newly remodeled Snoeyenbos Hall, which recently underwent a $3.5 million renovation into apartment-style suites.

Headcount enrollment in VCSU's online Master of Education program increased 20.5% to 153, the sixth consecutive year of growth since the program began in 2005.

First Day enrollment figures reflect data available as of the first official day of class Fall semester. Final enrollment figures are reported during the fourth week of class Fall semester. Final 2010 headcount was 1,285, a 19% increase over the final Fall headcount of 1,083 in 2009.

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.