Student Affairs Office

McFarland Hall 2nd Floor 209

Vice President for Student Affairs

Peter D. Smithhisler
(800) 532-8641 extension 37300


Amber Olson 
(800) 532-8641 extension 37301
(701) 845-7301

Our goal in the Division of Student Affairs is to help students get connected to Valley City State University. At VCSU, through innovation and outstanding services, we provide an incredible outside-the-classroom learning experience, focused on student growth, learning, and inclusiveness.

Student Affairs provides important resources and services to the VCSU community.  Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, Student Health, Multicultural Programs and Diversity Services, Career Services, Counseling Services, Campus Activities/Program, Residence Life, Family Programs, and New Student Orientation are just some of the programs within the Division of Student Affairs.

At VCSU, we want the community to feel like a second home, and we want to help students maximize the learning that occurs during their academic career.  Through the many opportunities for engagement, leadership development, and living environments that are offered at VCSU, students will make the successful transition to college and thrive as they discover new things about themselves in this amazing learning community.

Summer Orientation is a program coordinated through Student Affairs.  The community comes together to welcome new students and families to the Viking family.  This program is an important beginning to the collegiate experience, and we encourage all new students to take part in it.  During the orientation, new students are connected to the Viking experience via engaging programs and connections to current students.  In addition, students meet with their academic advisor to register for their first semester of classes.

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive community.  Students should turn to any staff in Student Affairs should they need anything including help with transitions, someone to listen, and to express any concerns.

Student Academic Services

Vangstad Auditorium 018

Kaleen Peterson, Director of Student Academic Services
(800) 532-8641 extension 37302
(701) 845-7302
FAX: (701) 845-7299