Gulf Coast State College

5230 West U.S. Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
Tel: (850)769-1551
6,271 students
Public institution
  • At Gulf Coast Community College, a comprehensive public institution, we provide high quality, affordable educational, training, and enrichment programs. We serve primarily the residents of Florida’s Bay, Gulf, and Franklin counties.
School Highlights
Gulf Coast State College serves 6,271 students (35% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 37:1 is higher than the state community college average of 36:1.
Minority enrollment is 25% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 54%.
Gulf Coast State College is the only community colleges within Bay County, FL.
The nearest community college is Chipola College (50.00 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 170 teachers has declined by 25% over five years.
Gulf Coast State College (FL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs Four or more years
Institution Control Public institution Private for-profit
Total Faculty 170 staff 34 staff
Gulf Coast State College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 6,271 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has increased from 27:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.42 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 6,271 students 634 students
Gulf Coast State College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 37:1 36:1
Gulf Coast State College Student Staff Ratio (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 2,224 students 468 students
Gulf Coast State College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 4,047 students 457 students
Gulf Coast State College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Gulf Coast State College Enrollment Breakdown FL All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
-
% Asian
3%
2%
Gulf Coast State College Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
5%
23%
Gulf Coast State College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
11%
17%
Gulf Coast State College Black (2006-2014)
% White
75%
46%
Gulf Coast State College White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
3%
2%
Gulf Coast State College More (2010-2014)
% Unknown races
2%
8%
Gulf Coast State College Unknown (2006-2011)
Gulf Coast State College Ethnicity Breakdown FL 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. 0.42 0.70
Gulf Coast State College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $2,765 is less than the state average of $3,074. The in-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $10,072 is less than the state average of $11,427. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,765 $3,074
Gulf Coast State College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $10,072 $11,427
Gulf Coast State College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 83% 91%
Gulf Coast State College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Gulf Coast State College provides a first-class education with an emphasis on success. With some of the lowest tuition rates in Florida, Gulf Coast offers over 150 programs focused on quality and practicality.The College offers four bachelor’s degrees in Digital Media, Technology Management, Nursing and Organizational Management with specializations in Entrepreneurship, Health Services Administration and Emergency Services Administration. Our students may pursue an Associate in Arts degree with 75 different transfer-tracks, workforce specific Associate in Science degrees and technical certifications, including the Educator Preparation Institute.We serve students in traditional classes, online courses, Corporate College and professional training courses with classes at convenient times and in multiple locations. In addition to the main campus in Panama City, the College holds classes at Tyndall Air Force Base, the North Bay Campus in Southport and the Gulf/Franklin Campus in Port St. Joe. The College is also recognized as one of the top-tier military friendly colleges in the country, providing a supportive environment for active duty, reservist and dependents as well as veterans. Our goal at Gulf Coast State College is simple – to offer the highest quality, accessible and affordable education and training. Our students really start here and go anywhere!

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Did You Know?
For Florida public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,074 per year for in-state students and $11,427 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,020 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Florida is 82%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Florida 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 0.70, which is higher than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Florida is Johnson & Wales University-North Miami. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.