Garden City Community College

  • Garden City Community College exists to produce positive contributors to the economic and social well-being of society.
School Highlights
  • Garden City Community College serves 2,072 students (56% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is lower than the state community college average of 27:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 46% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 28%.
  • Garden City Community College is the only community colleges within Finney County, KS.
  • The nearest community college to Garden City Community College is Dodge City Community College (46.4 miles away).

Top Placements

Garden City Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Kansas for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 94 teachers has declined by 34% over five years.
Garden City Community College(KS) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty94 staff62 staff
Garden City Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Garden City Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Garden City Community College diversity score of 0.60 is more than the state average of 0.46. The school's diversity has grown by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,072 students1,551 students
Garden City Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio22:127:1
Garden City Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,151 students653 students
Garden City Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students921 students898 students
Garden City Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Garden City Community College Enrollment Breakdown KS All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Garden City Community College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
Garden City Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
Garden City Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Garden City Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Garden City Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Garden City Community College White (2007-2016)
% Non Resident races
Garden City Community College Non Resident (2008-2016)
% Unknown races
Garden City Community College Ethnicity Breakdown KS All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.600.46
Garden City Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Garden City Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$35,500$34,000
Garden City Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,720 is less than the state average of $3,503. The in-state tuition has grown by 19% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $3,328 is less than the state average of $4,523. The out-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,720$3,503
Garden City Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$3,328$4,523
Garden City Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid96%90%
Garden City Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$6,500$9,500
Garden City Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,780$5,454
Garden City Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The educational philosophy of the college calls for the institution to accept students as they are, to test them, to counsel them into appropriate programs and to assist them in attaining the highest possible level of achievement through educational, personal and social experiences. The first four community colleges in Kansas were established in 1919, and GCCC is one of two from that group which still exist. It was created by county-wide election on April 1, 1919, and opened in September of the same year. GCCC initially shared facilities in Sabine Hall and Calkins Hall in the 100 block of Buffalo Jones Avenue with Garden City High School, and opened with a first class of less than three dozen students. The present 14-building, 63-acre campus at 801 Campus Drive was designed between July, 1965 and January, 1966. Garden City Community College is officially accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the GCCC Nursing Program is accredited by the Kansas State Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

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Did You Know?
For Kansas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,503 per year for in-state students and $4,523 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,710 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Kansas community colleges have a diversity score of 0.46, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Kansas is Donnelly College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.