Mission Statement

Dalton State College provides a diverse student population with opportunities to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to attain affordable baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees and certificates and to reach their personal and professional goals. Through challenging academics and rich collegiate experiences, we promote lifelong learning, active leadership and positive contributions in Northwest Georgia and beyond.

Our vision and values

Our college vision and values represent what’s important to us and guide all our activities and actions as members of the Dalton State community.

Vision Statement

Dalton State will deliver a transformational education by engaging the unique perspectives of a diverse student population to create sustainable solutions that improve our community and world.


Core Values

Our core values are the essential enduring tenets which guide the Dalton State College community. They set forth what we believe and define how we should conduct our affairs. At the heart of these values is the welfare of our students.

Opportunity and Access for All

We believe all of our students can succeed and achieve their full potential.

Excellence in Teaching and Learning

We empower faculty, staff and students to engage in the pursuit of excellence and innovation in instruction, the acquisition of knowledge and lifelong learning.

Diversity and Inclusion

We embrace inclusion and cultural diversity among faculty, staff, and students; we strive to be a place where the diversity of ideas, values and perspectives is welcomed and nurtured.

Commitment to Service and Collaboration

We value a campus culture of service, engagement and collaboration to advance the welfare of Northwest Georgia and beyond.

Respect and Collegiality

We are committed to the intentional creation of a community of learners based on respect, civility, courtesy and appreciation of different points of view.

Culture of Accountability

We expect integrity, responsibility and ethical behavior in all of our relationships and hold one another and our institution accountable.