Those who know Chadron State College best weren’t surprised when the institution earned a “Hidden Treasure” designation by a national news magazine at the turn of the 21st century. As Chadron State celebrates several consecutive years of enrolment growth more than a decade later, perhaps the secret is out. While it may be less hidden, Chadron State is still more than worthy of being called a treasure.
Chadron’s “college town” charm has won over many students and faculty members. Northwest Nebraska has been described as the convergence of many popular characteristics. Chadron is the seat of Dawes County, about half of which is open to the public for hiking, biking, hunting, fishing and other recreational activities. The surrounding landscape is known for its pine-studded buttes that stand above golden wheat fields and pastures dotted with cattle and wildlife.
As a public institution with its roots in teacher education, Chadron State takes pride in its accessibility. People are often surprised when comparing Chadron State’s cost of attendance with other institutions of higher education. It may sound cliché, but it’s true: the students of Chadron State get unrivalled quality for the dollar. The curriculum has grown to offer programs and courses in 65 majors and endorsements and eight master’s degree programs. The five bachelor’s degree programs attracting the most students are business administration, education, biology-health sciences, justice studies and rangeland management. Chadron State’s approach of offering a top quality education for a reasonable cost has helped improve the lives of countless graduates, many who were the first in their families to attend college. Alumni from near and afar testify that Chadron State was a major factor in their success and is responsible for the best years of their lives.
Chadron State College boasts a vibrant campus atmosphere that keeps students hopping when they aren’t hitting the books. More than 70 clubs and organizations, and an active residence life program, help students gather and learn with people who share their interests. In addition to the myriad of student plays, concerts and presentations, programs such as the Galaxy Series of fine arts and cultural events attract big-name performers and exhibits. Chadron State fields 11 sports programs in NCAA Division II, along with competitive club and intramural sports. If that’s not enough, a reasonable drive puts students in the heart of South Dakota’s Black Hills, the Rocky Mountains, and the cultural amenities of cities such as Rapid City, Denver and Scottsbluff.
Chadron State takes pride in its beautiful campus and facilities. Many of the most historical buildings on campus have been upgraded with state-of-the-art technology and modern amenities, making it a comfortable place to live and study. Chadron State’s residence halls are known for being spacious. Students will feel right at home with the dining services, workout facilities and a recreational trail that meanders south of campus. As of January 2014, approximately $30 million in new construction is underway on the CSC campus including the Rangeland Complex, Vern Chicoine Events Centre and Eagle Ridge housing units.
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