A collaborative student is one who is earning an undergraduate or graduate degree from Valley City State University (VCSU) and enrolls at another North Dakota University System (NDUS) institution for specific term.

  • Valley City State University, where you are earning your degree, is your HOME institution.
  • The institution where you are taking additional courses,  but not earning a degree, is your PROVIDER institution.

To register as a collaborative student, the student must:

  1. Be admitted to VCSU as a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student.
  2. Be enrolled in at least one undergraduate or graduate degree credit at VCSU for the term.
  3. Be in good academic and financial standing.
  4. Resolve any negative service indicators preventing enrollment.
  5. Meet all prerequisites or corequisites set by the provider institution.
  6. Be approved to take an overload for the term, which is more than 19 total undergraduate credits (fall and spring) and 9 concurrent undergraduate credits (summer) or more than 12 total graduate credits (fall, spring, summer), if needed.
  7. Recognize correspondence courses are not eligible.

To add or drop a collaborative class, students need to log into Campus Connection and submit a Collaborative Registration Request. To locate the Collaborative Registration Request, click the VCSU eForms tile on the Campus Connection homepage. Then click Records Office on the left panel and click Collaborative Registration.

As part of your collaborative registration, VCSU will complete the following on your behalf:

  1. Credits taken at provider institutions will be combined with credits at VCSU for financial aid purposes.
  2. Tuition owed to your provider institution will be added to your bill at VCSU.
  3. Bookstore charges will be added to your account at VCSU.
  4. A transcript from your provider institution will automatically be requested at the end of the semester and credits will transferred to VCSU.

Once you select your home institution, review the Collaborative Student Agreement and select next to agree to the collaborative process and complete the collaborative request form.

For more detailed instructions about this agreement and form, visit our Collaborative Registration Form How-To article.

If you have questions about this agreement or registration process, please contact the VCSU Collaborative Contact at registrar@vcsu.edu, 701-845-7294, or McFarland 219.

Click the attachment for the Fall 2022 collaborative schedule of pre-college courses offered on the VCSU campus through Dakota College at Bottineau.

Students enrolled in our dual degree program on the NDSU campus with both a Human Development and Family Science major at North Dakota State University and an Elementary Education major at Valley City State University will complete a specific VCSU Elementary Education Requirement Form available in NDSU's Collaborative Registration Process.