Dalton State College

  • Dalton State College serves Northwest Georgia by offering associate, certificate, and targeted baccalaureate programs of study as well as a wide variety of public service and continuing education activities. Located at the center of the greatest concentration of carpet production in the world, the College is a comprehensive institution, one of only two in the University System authorized to offer a full range of technical programs in addition to the traditional pre-baccalaureate curricula and targeted baccalaureate offerings which meet workforce development needs of the Northwest Georgia area. Through direct and technological collaboration with neighboring technical institutes and other colleges and universities on the one hand, and outreach and cooperation with local preschool, primary, and secondary systems on the other, Dalton State College acts as an educational broker to meet the needs of business and industry and to provide opportunities for all persons within its service area to live self-fulfilling and productive lives.
School Highlights
  • Dalton State College serves 4,854 students (63% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is same as the state community college average of 27:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 30% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 52%.
  • Dalton State College is the only community colleges within Whitfield County, GA.
  • The nearest community college to Dalton State College is Northwestern Technical College (14.0 miles away).

Top Placements

Dalton State College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Georgia for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 180 teachers has declined by 36% over five years.
Dalton State College(GA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty180 staff94 staff
Dalton State College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Dalton State College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Dalton State College diversity score of 0.48 is less than the state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has grown by 56% over five years.
Total Enrollment4,854 students2,588 students
Dalton State College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio27:127:1
Dalton State College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students3,034 students1,115 students
Dalton State College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,820 students1,473 students
Dalton State College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Dalton State College Enrollment Breakdown GA All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Dalton State College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% Asian
Dalton State College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Dalton State College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Dalton State College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Dalton State College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Dalton State College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Dalton State College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Dalton State College Ethnicity Breakdown GA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.480.65
Dalton State College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,200$30,100
Dalton State College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,982 is more than the state average of $3,413. The in-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $12,038 is more than the state average of $7,181. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,982$3,413
Dalton State College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$12,038$7,181
Dalton State College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid91%93%
Dalton State College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$14,810$12,875
Dalton State College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,574$5,574
Dalton State College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate (Year 2013)43%67%
SAT Total Avg.950925
SAT Reading480470
Dalton State College SAT Reading (2013-2016)
SAT Math470455
Dalton State College SAT Math (2013-2016)
ACT Total Avg.4036
ACT English2018
Dalton State College ACT English (2013-2016)
ACT Math2018
Dalton State College ACT Math (2013-2016)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Chartered in 1963 as the 24th member institution of the University System of Georgia, Dalton State has steadily grown in size and breadth to meet the educational needs of Northwest Georgia. Currently enrolling more than 4200 students from Georgia, Tennessee, and 35 nations, DSC offers a wide variety of one and two-year technical programs, and an equally broad array of two-year transfer associate degree programs. But the biggest recent development has been the addition of a focused group of bachelor's degrees, designed to meet the high priority needs of the region. Today, Dalton State College offers baccalaureate degrees in Early Childhood Education, Social Work, Management, Marketing Systems, Management Information Systems, Technology Management, Industrial Operations Management,Accounting, Biology and Mathematics. In conjunction with our academic programs, DSC offers many services that can help our students achieve success. An Academic and Career Enhancement Center, a Math Lab, a Writing Lab, an Evening and Extended Campus Office, an expanded and well-equipped Library, a variety of computer labs, and a full array of student clubs and organizations help provide a warm, personal, and invigorating climate for learning on our picturesque, well-maintained campus. And if a special purpose short course, workshop, or seminar is among your needs, our Center for Continuing Education offers over 400 such non-credit programs to more than 8,000 persons annually. Dalton State College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate and Bachelor's degrees.

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Did You Know?
For Georgia public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,413 per year for in-state students and $7,181 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,834 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Georgia is 70%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Georgia community colleges have a diversity score of 0.65, which is equal to the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Georgia is Georgia Perimeter College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.