Gaston College

Tel: (704)922-6200
5,777 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 5,777 students (32% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is higher than the state community college average of 20:1.
Minority enrollment is 22% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 37%.
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 277 teachers has declined by 13% over five years.
College Gaston College (NC) Community College Avg.
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 277 staff 122 staff
Gaston College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 5,777 has declined by 9% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has decreased from 24:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.38 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 5,777 students 2,069 students
Gaston College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 21:1 20:1
Gaston College Student Staff Ratio (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 1,862 students 967 students
Gaston College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 3,915 students 1,306 students
Gaston College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Gaston College Enrollment Breakdown NC All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
1%
2%
Gaston College Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
4%
5%
Gaston College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
11%
21%
Gaston College Black (2006-2014)
% White
78%
63%
Gaston College White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
1%
1%
Gaston College More (2013-2014)
% Non Resident races
1%
1%
Gaston College Non Resident (2013-2014)
% Unknown races
4%
6%
Gaston College Ethnicity Breakdown NC All Ethnic Groups 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. 0.38 0.55
Gaston College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $2,480 is more than the state average of $2,281. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,237 is less than the state average of $8,425. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,480 $2,281
Gaston College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,237 $8,425
Gaston College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 72% 79%
Gaston College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (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 $2,281 per year for in-state students and $8,425 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,944 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 73%. 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 0.55, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.