Alumni Room

The Alumni Room is located on the 2nd floor of McFarland and provides a welcoming environment for meetings, trainings, presentations and more. This room can seat up to 32 people and features flexible seating that can be arranged in a variety of configurations, as well as a projector and screen for presentations.

Graichen Gym

Graichen Gymnasium is located in the heart of campus, and is a primary academic/administration building. The building, constructed in 1923, consists of a lower level that provides office space for faculty and staff along with classroom and locker space. The upper level consists of an arena for a variety of activities including team sports practices, academic instruction, and varsity and intramural contests. Though neither level of the building is at ground level, Graichen is handicap accessible.

Events held in Graichen Gym have included: athletic events, dances, open gym and more.

Graichen Gym has the following amenities:

  • Lobby Area
  • Ticket Booth
  • Concessions
  • Locker Rooms
  • Restrooms
  • Elevator


Memorial Student Center

The Memorial Student Center is the central hub of the university. The VCSU Student Center is a meeting place for students, faculty, alumni and the community. The Center provides conference rooms, a complete food service, a bookstore with mail service, a game lounge, a swimming pool, and a number of lounge areas.

Past events hosted in the Student Center include meetings, conferences, training sessions, Blood Drives, coffee house performers/open mic nights and many more!

President's House Guest Inn

The historic President's House is located on the beautiful campus of Valley City State University. This magnificently preserved Victorian home, built in 1901, served as the home for VCSU presidents from 1921-1994. 

It is now being offered as a guest inn, providing accommodations for visitors to the campus and the Valley City area. The President's House is also available for special events such as weddings, dining, teas, showers, business meetings, tours and graduation receptions with full dining privileges. Several local caterers are also available.

Rhoades Science Center

The last "new" building to be added to the VCSU Campus in 1971, the L.D. Rhoades Science Center houses the math, science and IT departments. In November 2011, the Rhoades Science Center began a major transformation- VCSU received state funding for a 26,574 sq. ft. addition and renovation of the existing building. In this renovation all of the classrooms, labs and offices will be updated and feature all brand-new lab equipment and technology.

Available for rent in the Rhoades Science building is the auditorium with seating for 98 people, classrooms, an IVN lab and a planetarium (VCSU featured the first planetarium in the state back when the building was constructed).

Past events held in the Rhoades Science Center include: Science Olympiad, various planetarium showings, hunter education classes, trainings and presentations.

Medicine Wheel Park

In 1992 Professor Joe Stickler and his students began work on Medicine Wheel Park. The project soon expanded beyond the walls of the classroom to involve the community. The Park features two solar calendars: A horizon calendar (the medicine wheel) and a meridian or noontime calendar. Other aspects of this unique 30-acre Park include Native American burial mounds, solar system model, the North Country National Scenic Trail and other woodland nature trials, several scenic overlooks of the Sheyenne River valley and Valley City, and a 3000 square foot perennial flower garden. 

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The Vangstad Auditorium building is located on the south side of campus and was constructed in 1907 to meet the needs of the growing school. The building was named after the Vangstad twins, Lena and Thilda, who taught at the college for many years. Vangstad includes Circle Hall, which connects the building to McFarland Hall.

The lower level and first floor of the building feature general classrooms, including an IVN Lab. The second floor houses the auditorium. Vangstad Auditorium features main floor seating with a capacity of 818, balcony, historic organ and a stage.

Vangstad Auditorium has been used for commencement, musical and theatrical performance and speaking events.

The lighting and sound system was recently upgraded and now features high-end equipment.

W.E. Osmon Field House

Originally built in 1960 and remodeled in 1980, the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse is well-known for its "bubble-like" appearance and is appropriately nicknamed "The Bubble." The Fieldhouse is home to the VCSU Vikings athletic teams.

The Shelly Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium is also a part of the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse.

Artificial turf was installed in the football field the summer of 2011. A new scoreboard was also installed the summer of 2011.

Campus Gazebo

Constructed on the front lawn by Graichen Gymnasium during the summer of 2016, the gazebo itself was built in Arthur, Ill., by an Amish construction firm. (There are about 900 Amish households in the Arthur area.) The prefabricated components, built from cedar, were then disassembled and transported to Valley City and reassembled on site.

The gazebo is 28 feet in diameter and 23 feet high, with a 9-foot ceiling. The crew completed the reassembly of the gazebo on campus in about two days. The area around the gazebo is beautifully landscaped and offers a picturesque view with the McFarland Hall clock tower in the background.