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Counseling & Health Services

Learn about our commitment to the 8 Dimensions of Wellness, donate blood, or have a relaxing talk with our on-campus counselors. VCSU is proud to provide our students with well-rounded health services, encompassing every aspect from mental, to physical, and emotional health. Taking care of yourself is critical to a successful college career and we’ll give you the tools and services you need to make that happen.

Our mission in Counseling Services is to enhance personal growth, academic success, and lifelong learning. We strive to meet the mental health needs of the students, staff, and faculty by providing preventative health care, individual and group counseling, consulting, workshops, and education.

VCSU Counseling Services are free and confidential for enrolled students. Your information will not be disclosed to anyone outside of the Counseling Services office except in outstanding situations. We conduct free anxiety, depression, and alcohol assessments and free diagnostic screenings and referrals.

Student concerns may involve:

  • Relationships with others
  • Unpleasant feelings
  • Life decisions
  • Values clarification
  • Study problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexual identity issues
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Grief
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Other general topics

Appointments can be made by contacting the Counseling Service office by phone at (701) 845.7427 or (701) 845.7424, stopping by the office in McFarland 424 or 425, or by emailing

Health Services at VCSU offers a variety of services to students at no out-of-pocket cost. Get help for things like illnesses or injuries, receive over-the-counter medicines and first aid supplies, or learn more about health and wellness from our registered nurse. As a patient, you will be treated with respect, consideration, and dignity. For a more complete list of services or to have any questions answered, please contact our Health Services office.

Betty Tykwinski
Director for Health Services
(701) 845-7305

The North Dakota University System (NDUS) is pleased to offer health insurance coverage to international NDUS students through United Healthcare insurance company. Domestic students (i.e. American citizens) are not required by the NDUS to carry coverage; however, the Affordable Care Act does require that you carry some sort of health insurance.

To learn more about these plans or to enroll, please contact the Business Office. Visit the NDUS website to learn more about coverage options and eligibility requirements.

Business Office
Janet Gierke
(701) 845-7236

Meet our Counseling Services Staff

Meet our Health Services Staff