Gaston College

Tel: (704)922-6200
5,933 students
Public institution
Gaston College, located in Gaston and Lincoln Counties, is an open door, comprehensive, public community college that promotes lifelong learning and economic development through high quality educational programs and services.
School Highlights:
Gaston College serves 5,933 students (46.69% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 29:1 is higher than the community college average of 21:1.
Minority enrollment is 28% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 43%.
Gaston College is the only community colleges within Gaston County, NC.
The nearest community college is The Art Institute of Charlotte (15.80 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 208 teachers has declined by 18% over five years.
College Gaston College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 208 staff
61 staff
Gaston College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 5,933 teachers has grown by 6% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 29:1 has increased from 20:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.29 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has declined by 6% over five years.
Total Enrollment 5,933 students 1,296 students
Gaston College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 29:1
Gaston College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 2,770 students
810 students
Gaston College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 3,163 students
1,036 students
Gaston College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Gaston College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Gaston College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
Gaston College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Gaston College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Gaston College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Gaston College White (2006-2013)
% Unknown races
Gaston College Unknown (2006-2013)
Gaston College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.29 0.53
Gaston College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,560 is less than the state average of $5,650. The in-state tuition has grown by 29% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $8,704 is less than the state average of $10,201. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,560 $5,694
Gaston College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,704 $10,252
Gaston College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 69%
Gaston College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • Gaston College was granted a charter by the State of North Carolina in 1963 and began its first classes in temporary headquarters in September 1964. The college moved to its permanent campus on Highway 321 between Dallas and Gastonia two months later. Serving both Gaston and Lincoln counties, Gaston College enrolls over 5,000 students each term in curriculum programs and averages over 16,000 students annually in its Continuing Education programs. Part of the North Carolina Community College System, Gaston College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. The twelve major buildings that comprise the Gaston College Dallas campus contain approximately 450,868 square feet and have an estimated current value of $41,385,862. There is an efficient road system and parking for more than 2,000 cars. College facilities (including a 480-seat auditorium) are available for public use and may be scheduled through the Office for Finance and Facilities. Gaston College is a commuter institution and does not have dormitories or housing for rent. The purpose of the Arts and Sciences Division of Gaston College is to provide quality instructional opportunities in college parallel programs for students who intend to transfer to senior institutions and to provide support of technical and occupational program curriculums. The division serves as a community resource and promotes academic articulation with public/private schools, business/industry, and senior institutions. The Liberal Arts and Sciences Division offers a wide range of courses. Among these are art, criminal justice, technology, early childhood education, English, foreign languages, humanities, mathematics, music, the natural sciences, paralegal technology, and the social sciences.

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Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,422 per year for in-state students and $8,179 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,443 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 67%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

North Carolina community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.60, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is . Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.