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 community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 25% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of -92%.
Gulf Coast State College is the only community colleges within Bay County, FL.
The nearest community college is Chipola College (50 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 170 teachers has declined by 25% over five years.
Gulf Coast State College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 170 staff
59 staff
Gulf Coast State College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 6,271 teachers has grown by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has increased from 26:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.36 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 16% over five years.
Total Enrollment
6,271 students
1,282 students
Gulf Coast State College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 37:1
Gulf Coast State College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
2,224 students
810 students
Gulf Coast State College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 4,047 students
1,017 students
Gulf Coast State College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Gulf Coast State College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Gulf Coast State College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
Gulf Coast State College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Gulf Coast State College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Gulf Coast State College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Gulf Coast State College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Gulf Coast State College More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
Gulf Coast State College Unknown (2006-2013)
Gulf Coast State 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. 0.36 0.53
Gulf Coast State College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,765 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $10,072 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,765 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $10,072 $10,294
Gulf Coast State College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 83%
Gulf Coast State College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (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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Did You Know?
For Florida public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,668 per year for in-state students and $10,359 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,237 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Florida is 72%. 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 -1.60, which is lower than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Florida is Sanford-Brown Institute-Tampa. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.