Sa'ah Naaghai Bik'eh Hozhoo

Navajo Nation is Our Campus

Academic Degrees and Certificates


Rooted in Diné language and culture, our mission is to advance quality post-secondary student learning and development to ensure the well-being of the Diné People.


Our vision is to improve continuously our programs and services to make Diné College the exemplary higher education institution for the Diné People.


Our educational principles are based on SNBH, the Diné traditional living system, which places human life in harmony with the natural world and universe. The system provides for protection from the imperfections in life and for the development of well-being. The principles are four-fold:

Thinking. Apply the techniques of reasoning. Analyze alternative solutions through the use of the principles of logic and creativity.

Planning. Develop and demonstrate communication skills Demonstrate systematic organization skills.

Implementation. Demonstrate self-direction based on personal values consistent with the moral standards of society. Demonstrate quality, participation, work, and materials.

Reflection and Assurance. Demonstrate competency. Demonstrate confidence.


Our employees and students will adhere to the following values to achieve the mission and purposes of the College: Excellence and self-initiative in problem-solving, compassion, setting clear goals, and establishing positive working relationships.

Cooperating and helping one another, keeping all employees well informed, using proper language for communication, respecting one another on equal terms, and honoring.

Respecting the cultural, racial, and gender diversity of the Din People, maintaining safe, courteous, respectful, and positive learning environments, and valuing inclusiveness.

Understanding, thoughtfulness, competence, confidence, conscientiousness, and reflectivity for serving the needs of the Diné People.


Diné College is the first tribally controlled and accredited collegiate institution in the United States. Established in 1968 as Navajo Community College, it was later renamed Diné College. The Navajo Nation sought to create an institution of higher education that encouraged Navajo youth to become contributing members of the Navajo Nation and the world. Under the direction of an eight-member Board of Regents, appointed by the Navajo Nation President and confirmed by the Health, Education and Human Services Committee of the Navajo Nation Council, the College continues its goals for student success. Today, Diné College serves a predominantly Navajo student population across the 26,000 square miles of the Navajo Nation that spans across the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. The College offers General Education courses that provide students with a high-quality experience while earning various Certificate as well as Associate and Bachelor degree programs in the areas important to the economic, political, environmental, and the Social Development of the Navajo People.