Florida Gateway College

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  • Lake City Community College (LCCC) has established a strong tradition of providing high quality, postsecondary educational opportunities to the citizens of North Florida. What began as a school of Forestry in 1947, has now grown to be a comprehensive, public community college serving more than 7,000 students a year.
School Highlights
  • Florida Gateway College serves 2,912 students (29% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is lower than the state community college average of 38:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 16% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 54%.
  • Florida Gateway College is the only community colleges within Columbia County, FL.
  • The nearest community college is Santa Fe College (37.10 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 106 teachers has declined by 15% over five years.
Florida Gateway College(FL) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty106 staff38 staff
Florida Gateway College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 2,912 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.28 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 19% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,912 students1,230 students
Florida Gateway College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio27:138:1
Florida Gateway College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students831 students537 students
Florida Gateway College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,081 students693 students
Florida Gateway College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Florida Gateway College Enrollment Breakdown FL All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Florida Gateway College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Florida Gateway College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Florida Gateway College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Florida Gateway College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Florida Gateway College More (2014-2016)
% Non Resident races
Florida Gateway College Non Resident (2008-2013)
% Unknown races
Florida Gateway College Unknown (2009-2016)
Florida Gateway College Ethnicity Breakdown FL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.280.70
Florida Gateway College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Florida Gateway College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2012)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,500$30,800
Florida Gateway College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,100 is less than the state average of $6,233. The in-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $11,747 is less than the state average of $11,756. The out-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,100$6,233
Florida Gateway College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$11,747$11,756
Florida Gateway College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid76%91%
Florida Gateway College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$4,500$12,750
Florida Gateway College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$6,334
Florida Gateway College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Today the campus of LCCC is an attractive site, nestled in one hundred acres of southern pines, with over twenty-five modern buildings surrounded by crepe myrtle and azalea shrubbery. The College offers outstanding programs in the liberal arts and sciences. A significant number of students who begin their college career in these programs earn associate degrees, and then successfully transfer to senior institutions where they maintain superior records when compared to their university counterparts. The College also offers outstanding opportunities in such diverse vocational programs as business administration, computer programming, forestry, golf course operations, irrigation technology, landscape technology, cosmetology, and many more. The College provides comprehensive training in several allied health fields such as registered nursing, practical nursing, emergency medical services, medical laboratory technology, and others. Each year the College maintains the search for excellence by offering new programs, which meet the needs of its district. Although Lake City Community College is only one of two community colleges in the state to offer residential facilities, it is not uncommon for students to commute up to 50 miles one way to attend classes. The College's district encompasses five North Florida counties: Baker, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, and Union. This 2,683 square mile district is an area twice the size of Rhode Island. The region around the College is commonly referred to as Florida's Crown. Lake City is situated midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The geographic area around the College would generally be considered rural. The moderate climate, hospitality of the community, and beauty of the adjacent recreational areas draw visitors and newcomers from around the world. The College itself is located approximately six miles east on Highway 90 from downtown Lake City, Florida, by the airport. Lake City Community College offers you a resource in the staff, solid academic programs, a variety of college activities, new technology and newly renovated buildings, facilities and dorms.

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Did You Know?
For Florida public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,233 per year for in-state students and $11,756 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,011 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Florida is 87%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Florida community colleges have a diversity score 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.