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Dalton State College Data & Information Overview

179 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
8% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is Dalton State College Ranked?

#1,967 Best Colleges in Nation
#57 Best Colleges in GA
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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Dalton State College was awarded 179 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is allied health & medical assisting services.

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Overall Quality

DSC is ranked #1,967 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when DSC held the #2,034 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 68 colleges in Georgia, DSC is ranked at #57.

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Is It Hard to Get Into DSC?

Open Admissions Policy

Acceptance Rate

Dalton State College has an open admissions policy, so you should not have much trouble being accepted by the school. Still, it is important to fill out the application completely and submit any requested materials, which may include proof that you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Learn more about Dalton State College admissions.

Dalton State College Faculty

18 to 1 Student to Faculty
66% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, Dalton State College is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Dalton State College is 66%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  66 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Dalton State College

66% Freshmen Retention
7% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Dalton State College is 66%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  66 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at DSC is 7%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  7 out of 100

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Dalton State College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,937 Full-Time Undergraduates
41.2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
62.9% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,794 undergraduates at DSC with 2,937 being full-time and 1,857 being part-time.

How Much Does Dalton State College Cost?

$5,340 Net Price
14% Take Out Loans
$16,600 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of DSC is $5,340. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for DSC

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$4,112 $4,563 $6,791 $8,739 $9,955

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of DSC, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At DSC, approximately 14% of students took out student loans averaging $4,150 a year. That adds up to $16,600 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at DSC is 8.1%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do DSC Graduates Make?

$37,999 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from DSC with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $37,999 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Dalton State College make the most money.

Location of Dalton State College

Georgia State
2,937 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
Dalton State College is a public institution located in Dalton, Georgia. The city atmosphere of Dalton makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for DSC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720-3797
Phone: 706-272-4436

Dalton State College Majors

27 Majors With Completions
755 Undergraduate Degrees
Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 104 $40,269
Teacher Education Grade Specific 58 $34,241
General Biology 54 $23,979
Nursing 34 $60,107
Criminal Justice & Corrections 33 $31,195
Accounting 28 $42,283
Social Work 22 NA
General Psychology 21 $21,867
Public Relations & Advertising 21 NA
Marketing 17 $34,029

Learn more about the majors offered at Dalton State College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at DSC

42% Take At Least One Class Online
12% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 1,890 students took at least one online class at Dalton State College. This is a decrease from the 3,607 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 1,890 524
2019-2020 3,607 952
2018-2019 0 0
2017-2018 1,211 368
2016-2017 1,162 285

Learn more about online learning at Dalton State College.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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