Sep 12th, 2012 @ 9:13 am | Author: Football Sports Information
#1 Public Regional College in the Midwest
VCSU ranked as the #1 Public Regional College in the Midwest for the second consecutive year
15th consecutive recognition by USNews

September 12, 2012 – For the second year in a row, Valley City State University earned the #1 spot among the Top Public Regional Colleges in the Midwest in the 2013 edition of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group. This marks the 15th year in a row that VCSU has been recognized by U.S.News.

Dr. Steven Shirley, VCSU president, said, 'Being recognized as the #1 public college in the Midwest region by U.S.News for two straight years, and being recognized as a 'Best College' for 15 consecutive years, is strong evidence of the exceptional academic quality at VCSU. The variety of criteria used by U.S.News to compile their rankings encompasses an important range of academic benchmarks, and VCSU could not have earned this number one ranking two straight years were it not for our commitment to academic excellence. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the VCSU community can all be very proud of this tremendous accomplishment.'

The U.S. News college rankings group accredited institutions in the United States based on 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 graduation rate, 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 at, and will be published in the September issue of the U.S.News & World Report magazine.

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.