Gadsden State Community College

1001 George Wallace Dr
Gadsden, AL 35903-0000
Tel: (256)549-8200
  • Gadsden State Community College is a public, open-door, comprehensive community college dedicated to meeting the changing needs of citizens in its service area. It offers the first two years of a four-year degree, a number of technical and certificate programs, and non-credit programs that include continuing education, skills training, and adult education.
School Highlights
  • Gadsden State Community College serves 5,289 students (52% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is lower than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 28% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 39%.
  • Gadsden State Community College is the only community colleges within Etowah County, AL.
  • The nearest community college is Snead State Community College (17.80 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 210 teachers has declined by 31% over five years.
Gadsden State Community College(AL) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty210 staff73 staff
Gadsden State Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 5,289 has declined by 20% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has increased from 23:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.44 is less than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has grown by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment5,289 students1,756 students
Gadsden State Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio25:128:1
Gadsden State Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,751 students1,004 students
Gadsden State Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,538 students752 students
Gadsden State Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Gadsden State Community College Enrollment Breakdown AL All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Gadsden State Community College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% Asian
Gadsden State Community College Asian (2010-2016)
% Hispanic
Gadsden State Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Gadsden State Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Gadsden State Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Gadsden State Community College More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
Gadsden State Community College Non Resident (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
Gadsden State Community College Ethnicity Breakdown AL 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.0.440.56
Gadsden State Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Gadsden State Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,200$29,700
Gadsden State Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,168 is less than the state average of $5,427. The in-state tuition has declined by 16% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,880 is less than the state average of $8,152. The out-state tuition has declined by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,168$5,427
Gadsden State Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,880$8,152
Gadsden State Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid85%94%
Gadsden State Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates-$11,500
Median Debt for Dropouts-$6,002
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • GSCC consists of the following campuses, centers, and instructional sites in Alabama: Wallace Drive, East Broad, and Valley Street campuses (Gadsden) and Ayers Campus (Anniston); McClellan Center; and Piedmont High School, Pell City High School, Cherokee County, Cleburne County, and St Clair Correctional Facility (IEP) instructional sites.By offering a broad spectrum of programs, GSCC provides all its students with opportunities for education, personal, and professional advancement. A wide range of academic courses prepares students to transfer successfully to four-year institutions. Technical programs equip students to master certain skills, as well as to utilize them through job entry. The College provides a wide range of support services that enable students to function in a collegiate environment and to make decisions appropriate to both their personal and their educational goals.The College has committed itself to becoming an integral part of the lives of those communities that it serves. Continued cooperation with civic, business, and industrial leaders strengthens the ties between the College and these communities. GSCC is pledged to offering quality education in both academic and technical fields to all citizens within its service area. Always receptive to the specific needs of individuals, groups, businesses, and industries, GSCC provides, through specialize courses and training, the knowledge and the techniques necessary for success in several occupational fields. In addition, classroom and on-site experiences further develop students' understanding not only of their immediate environment but also of the larger world around them. The College fosters a spirit of internationalism through cultural exchanges within the communities served.

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Did You Know?
For Alabama public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,427 per year for in-state students and $8,152 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $12,713 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Alabama 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 0.56, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Alabama is Herzing University-Birmingham. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.