Sep 10th, 2013 @ 8:23 am | Author: Greg Vanney
Valley City State University earned the No. 2 spot among Top Public Regional Colleges in the Midwest in the 2014 edition of U.S. News Best Colleges.

This marks the fifth straight year that VCSU has been ranked either first or second in its category, the fifth consecutive year that VCSU has been North Dakota’s highest-rated Public Regional College, and the 16th year in a row that VCSU has been recognized by U.S. News as a “Best College.”

“To be consistently ranked highly by U.S. News speaks to the quality education we offer,” said VCSU President Steven W. Shirley, “and achieving recognition as a ‘Best College’ for 16 years is strong testimony to the effort that all members of the Valley City State community generate year in, year out. I’m proud of VCSU and the people behind this achievement; this is a very special place.”

In the U.S. News rankings, accredited U.S. colleges and universities are grouped according to their mission and, for some categories, by location. The institutions are then compared based on a set of up to 16 areas related to academic excellence.

Criteria in which VCSU fared well include average class size, peer assessment, student-faculty ratio, and alumni giving. The category “Regional Colleges in the Midwest” includes 99 colleges and universities—14 of which are public—across 12 states.

The rankings are available online at and will be published in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges guidebook.