Dalton State College

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Dalton State College
Dalton State College seal.png
Type Public, 4-Year College
Established 1963[1]
Endowment $ 25.3 million[2]
President Margaret Venable[3]
Vice-president Andy Meyer (Academic Affairs)[4]
Academic staff
160 (full-time), 72 (part-time)[2]
Students 5,047(2012)[5]
Undergraduates 5,987 (2010)
Location Dalton, Georgia, U.S.
Campus Small city, 146 acres (0.59 km2)
Colors Blue and silver[6]
Nickname Roadrunners
Affiliations University System of Georgia, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Website www.daltonstate.edu
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Dalton State College, also referred to as DSC or Dalton State, is one of 31 colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia. Dalton State is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[7] (SACS). The college is located in Dalton, Georgia, United States.


The college was founded as Dalton Junior College in July 1963 and opened in September 1967 offering programs designed to provide the first two years of college work for students preparing to transfer to four-year degree granting institutions. The addition of a technical division in 1976 enabled the school to serve students wishing to develop work skills at the certificate or associate degree level. In 1987, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia removed the word "Junior" from the college's name and it became Dalton College.

The University System changed the name to Dalton State College in 1998 and upgraded it to a four-year status. Dalton State began offering its first bachelor's programs that year, all in business and technology.

In 2009, Dalton State opened an extended campus in Ellijay called the Dalton State Gilmer County Center and had over 200 students enrolled for the spring semester. Dalton State also opened its first on-campus residential housing, Dalton State at Wood Valley.

Today, Dalton State College offers baccalaureate degrees in accounting, biology, chemistry, communication,criminal justice, early childhood education, English, history, interdisciplinary studies, management, management information systems, marketing systems, mathematics, operations management, social work and technology management. The college also offers 22 associate degree and several certificate programs.


Lorberbaum Liberal Arts Building

Dalton State College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).[8] The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).[9] The Business Administration programs received initial accreditation by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in January 2010.[10]


Gignilliat Memorial Hall

The Dalton State College main campus consists of 146 acres (0.59 km2) on I-75 in Whitfield County, Georgia, 30 miles south of Chattanooga and 80 miles north of Atlanta. An additional campus exists in Ellijay, Georgia, southeast of the main campus.

Dalton State Bell Tower viewed from the north at night
Health Professions Building


The almost 5,000 traditional and non-traditional students are from a 10-county service area of Northwest Georgia in addition to 38 foreign countries. The average student age is 24; females make up 62 percent of the student population. On-campus housing has been offered since fall 2009.[11]


The Dalton State mascot is the roadrunner. When the college became a four year college, all students commuted to school due to the fact that Dalton State did not offer on campus housing. This led to the nickname of the "Roadrunner." This also explains the story behind the school's mascot, "Rage" and their expression, "Beep Beep!"


The Dalton State Athletics program began in 2012 and is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). It consists of golf, cross country, tennis, soccer, competitive cheerleading, men's basketball and women's volleyball. The men's basketball team won the NAIA National Championship in 2015.

Student life[edit]

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is a student-run organization that strives to enhance the Dalton State College student experience through quality entertainment, creative programming and community involvement. Its stated goal is to strengthen the missions of both the Office of Student Life and Dalton State College by providing a variety of social, recreational, cultural and educational programs.

Through the expertise of an appointed student executive board, CAB works to ensure leadership development, networking with the college community, building campus traditions and school spirit.

Alpha Kappa Lambda became the first men's fraternity on campus when it received its charter on April 7, 2014. Delta Chi began colonizing on campus in Fall 2015, becoming the second IFC fraternity on campus. Alpha Omicron Pi is the first National Panhellenic Conference sorority on campus. Alpha Sigma Tau was the second sorority on campus, chartered in Spring 2016.

Student housing[edit]

The Office of Residential Life is responsible for overseeing campus housing services and providing residential life activities for housing residents. Residential Life also supports the academic mission of Dalton State College by offering opportunities that foster individual development and collective growth throughout the residential community. It promotes mutual respect, leadership and the shared values of a residential community of learners. Those who are currently enrolled Dalton State students taking a minimum of 9 credit hours each semester may apply to live in campus housing.

In Fall 2016, Dalton State opened their new state of the art dorms. Mashburn Hall holds 350 beds and is a major upgrade from the apartments on campus that students previously used.


  1. ^ "2007 Facts & Figures: History of the College" (PDF). Dalton State College Office of Institutional Research & Planning. Retrieved December 3, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "2007 Facts & Figures: Ten-Year Historical Trend: 1998/99 – 2007/08" (PDF). Dalton State College Office of Institutional Research & Planning. Retrieved December 3, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Dalton President John O. Schwenn to Retire in December". Dalton State College Office of the President. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Office of Academic Affairs". Dalton State College. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Dalton State celebrates record enrollment". Dalton State College Office of Public Relations. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  6. ^ Dalton State College Brand Book Standards and Guidelines (PDF). 2015-08-14. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  7. ^ Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools#tech div
  8. ^ http://www.daltonstate.edu/education/pdf/progs/BS_EarlyChildhoodEducation.pdf
  9. ^ http://www.cswe.org/CSWE/
  10. ^ "2007 Facts & Figures: Institutional and Program Accreditation" (PDF). Dalton State College Office of Institutional Research & Planning. Retrieved December 3, 2008. 
  11. ^ "News Release: Dalton State College began offering residential housing in 2009.". Dalton State College. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 

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Coordinates: 34°46′30″N 85°00′11″W / 34.775°N 85.003°W / 34.775; -85.003