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VCSU Rated as One of the Best Colleges in America

Jul 3, 2023

Rating by determined through quality and affordability

McFarland Hall at Valley City State University in the summerValley City State University (VCSU) has been rated as one of the Best Colleges in America for 2023 by

VCSU was given four out of five stars and is one of four North Dakota schools included in the ratings. The overall ratings are determined by comparing acceptance rates, affordability, graduation rates, and employment after graduation. VCSU was one of 736 colleges in the United States listed.

“External ratings reinforce the approach we are taking to helping students achieve their goals. We are proud to be recognized by another entity for our quality and affordability,” VCSU President Alan LaFave said. “VCSU continues to invest in our students, take steps to help keep a college education affordable, and ensure students have access to one of the best educational experiences possible.”

VCSU has seen enrollment grow by 21% in the past decade, in part due to continued scholarship support for students. Scholarships are provided through the generous support of donors and the VCSU Foundation, providing almost $2 million in scholarships last year. According to, 92% of VCSU students with financial need receive grants.

“Supporting students and ensuring everyone has the opportunity to pursue an education is one of our most important missions,” Executive Director of the VCSU Foundation Cory Anderson said. “We are grateful to work with so many dedicated donors and alumni who are committed to helping the next generation of students succeed.”

For more information about scholarship support at VCSU, contact Cory Anderson via email at To arrange an interview about VCSU or the ratings, please contact Tammy Jo Anderson Taft by emailing, or calling 701-845-7227.