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 enrollment 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.
A Modern Campus
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. From 2013 to 2016, over $30 million in new construction was completed on the CSC campus including the Rangeland Complex, the Chicoine Event Center and three Eagle Ridge housing units.
Chadron State College, nestled against the north slope of Nebraska’s beautiful Pine Ridge, lies within the southern boundary of the city of Chadron (SHAD-ren), Nebraska, U.S.A. which has a population of approximately 6,000 residents. Chadron, founded in 1885, and the surrounding region of the Great Plains, are rich in western pioneer and Native American history. At 3,400 feet elevation, Chadron is surrounded by unbroken grassland, cattle ranches, wheat fields, and the lightly forested hills of the Pine Ridge. It is located just one hour’s drive south of one of America’s most famous landmarks, Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Another of America’s most unique and popular natural landmarks, Yellowstone Park, is less than one day’s drive to the west.
Chadron State Park, the Pine Ridge, the Museum of the Fur Trade (the largest of its kind), the Sandhills of Nebraska, the Hudson-Meng Education & Research Center, the Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, the Black Hills of South Dakota, and the Hot Springs Mammoth Site provide opportunities for exciting day trips, including sight-seeing, fishing, hunting, hiking, geocaching, mountain biking and skiing. Chadron is also located near the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the eighth-largest in America.
The city of Chadron has a municipal airport (CDR) with daily flights to Denver International Airport and a modern municipal hospital with a health clinic for students.