Valley City State University reported final Headcount of 1,306 students for Spring semester 2012, an increase of 7% over last year's figure. This marks the fifth consecutive Spring semester of enrollment growth and represents the largest Spring semester enrollment since the University moved to a three semester academic year in the Summer of 1992. This follows VCSU's announcement of Fall 2011 Headcount of 1,384 students, the largest Fall semester enrollment in the University's history.
Dr. Steve Shirley, president of VCSU, said, "As pleased as we are with these results, we remain focused on our mission, vision, and values, and our goals of providing accessible, innovative, and high-quality educational experiences and programs for VCSU students."
To accommodate the enrollment growth, VCSU has been taking several steps within the framework of its strategic plan. For example, the University has increased its instructional faculty and has introduced new programs in high-demand subjects such as majors in Medical Laboratory Science, Athletic Training, and Business Process Integration Management (BPIM), and a concentration in Criminal Justice. The University is also upgrading its facilities including a $10.3 million expansion and renovation of the Rhoades Science Center, the renovation of Snoeyenbos residence hall into apartment-style suites, and a new artificial turf surface on its football field.
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.