Gulf Coast State College

5230 West U.S. Highway 98, Panama City
FL, 32401
Tel: (850)769-1551
6,030 students
Public institution

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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 6,030 students (38% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 21% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 49%.
Gulf Coast State College is the only community colleges within Bay County, FL.

School Overview

The teacher population of - teachers has declined by 100% over five years.
Gulf Coast State College Community College Avg.
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public

Student Body

The student population of 6,030 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 28:1 has increased from 25:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.36 is less than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has grown by 16% over five years.
Total Enrollment
6,030 students
1,273 students
Gulf Coast State College Total Enrollment (2006-2012)
# Full-Time Students
2,321 students
829 students
Gulf Coast State College Full-Time Students (2006-2012)
# Part-Time Students 3,709 students
1,017 students
Gulf Coast State College Part-Time Students (2006-2012)
Gulf Coast State College sch enrollment Gulf Coast State College sta enrollment
% American Indian/Alaskan -
% Asian 2%
Gulf Coast State College Asian (2006-2012)
% Hawaiian - 1%
% Hispanic 7%
Gulf Coast State College Hispanic (2006-2012)
% Black 8%
Gulf Coast State College Black (2006-2012)
% White 79%
Gulf Coast State College White (2006-2012)
% Two or more races 3%
Gulf Coast State College More (2010-2012)
Gulf Coast State College sch ethnicity Gulf Coast State College sta ethnicity
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. 0.36 0.45
Gulf Coast State College Diversity Score (2006-2012)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,765 is less than the state average of $5,961. The in-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $10,072 is less than the state average of $10,075. The out-state tuition has grown by 16% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,765 $5,961
Gulf Coast State College In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $10,072 $10,075
Gulf Coast State College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Source: 2012 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

Since it was established in 1957 as the first institution under Florida's new junior college system, Gulf Coast Community College has maintained a tradition of excellence in instruction and community service while bringing innovation upon innovation to Northwest Florida. Gulf County became part of the college's service district in 1966 and Franklin County was added in 1984, which further expanded the college's vision and mission. Gulf Coast Community College Foundation, Inc., has been significant in supporting the college's success and growth since it was organized in 1967. GCCC operates a full-time education center at Tyndall Air Force Base in the base education center. The GCCC Tyndall Center offers over 30 college courses per semester. A wide variety of degree programs are available including Associate in Arts degrees, which prepare students to transfer to four year institutions, Associate in Science degrees in occupational fields and some one year certificate programs. Lifelong Learning offers credit and non-credit courses and uses a variety of methods to deliver them - traditional classroom settings, teleconferences, computer assisted courses, workshops, forums and more. Gulf Coast's continuing workforce education courses are geared to occupational fields like nursing, dental auxiliary, respiratory therapy, radiological technology, emergency medical technology/paramedic, mental health/psychology, medical records, law enforcement, corrections, real estate, insurance, banking and finance, building construction, teaching, child care, business management, hospitality services, public services, office systems/clerical and more. Small Business Development Center is a non-profit community entrepreneurial program that serves pre-venture and existing small businesses. The SBDC provides consulting services, financial consultations, and various training programs designed to assist entrepreneurs in developing successful and thriving businesses. The SBDC provides its services by bringing together the expertise, programs, and resources of the college, private sector, and government at all levels. The SBDC serves Bay, Gulf, Jackson, Washington, Holmes and Calhoun counties.

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