Chadron State College aspires to be a premiere institution of higher education in the western High Plains states, innovatively pursuing excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.
Chadron State College will enrich the quality of life in the region by providing educational opportunities, research, service, and programs that contribute significantly to the vitality and diversity of the region.
Chadron State College is proud of the accreditations, affiliation and recognitions that it has earned as an institution and also for specific program offerings.
The Teacher Education program at Chadron State College is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Chadron State College’s Department of Business and Economics has received accreditation from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs in June 2000.
Chadron State College's Social Work Program is accredited by The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
The National Association of Music Merchants has named Chadron State College as one of its 28 National Affiliation of Music Business Institutions.
Chadron State College has been named one of 12 founding institutions selected to participate in a national project, "Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year". The project, jointly sponsored by the Policy Center on the First Year of College and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, will develop a model of excellence for the first college year. The model will be designed for use by public colleges and universities to develop and refine their overall approach to educating new students. Funding for the two-year project has been provided by Lumina Foundation for Education and The Atlantic Philanthropies.
Newsweek/Kaplan College Catalog recognized Chadron State College in 2000 and 2001. The publication is designed to help high school students select the college they will attend. A statement of purpose says it is prepared after hundreds of high school guidance counselors across the nation are surveyed. In 2001 it listed Chadron State as one of 26 "schools that offer a high level of individual attention from faculty" and one of 33 "schools that are responsive to individual student financial aid needs."