Gaston College

  • Gaston College, located in Gaston and Lincoln Counties, is an open door, comprehensive, public community college that promotes lifelong learning and economic development through high quality educational programs and services.
School Highlights
  • Gaston College serves 5,777 students (32% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is higher than the state community college average of 19:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 22% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 38%.
  • Gaston College is the only community colleges within Gaston County, NC.
  • The nearest community college to Gaston College is The Art Institute of Charlotte (15.8 miles away).

Top Placements

Gaston College places among the top 20% of community colleges in North Carolina for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 277 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Gaston College(NC) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty277 staff139 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Gaston College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Gaston College diversity score of 0.38 is less than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment5,777 students2,380 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio21:119:1
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# Full-Time Students1,862 students1,019 students
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# Part-Time Students3,915 students1,361 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
-
1%
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
4%
6%
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% Black
11%
21%
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% White
78%
62%
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% Two or more races
1%
1%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
4%
6%
Diversity Score0.380.56
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College Completion Rate
21%
16%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$27,600$27,500
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,560 is less than the state average of $3,911. The in-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $8,704 is less than the state average of $9,514. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,560$3,911
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Out-State Tuition Fees$8,704$9,514
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid72%78%
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Median Debt for Graduates$2,625$9,818
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Median Debt for Dropouts$2,625$4,730
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Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Gaston College was granted a charter by the State of North Carolina in 1963 and began its first classes in temporary headquarters in September 1964. The college moved to its permanent campus on Highway 321 between Dallas and Gastonia two months later. Serving both Gaston and Lincoln counties, Gaston College enrolls over 5,000 students each term in curriculum programs and averages over 16,000 students annually in its Continuing Education programs. Part of the North Carolina Community College System, Gaston College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. The twelve major buildings that comprise the Gaston College Dallas campus contain approximately 450,868 square feet and have an estimated current value of $41,385,862. There is an efficient road system and parking for more than 2,000 cars. College facilities (including a 480-seat auditorium) are available for public use and may be scheduled through the Office for Finance and Facilities. Gaston College is a commuter institution and does not have dormitories or housing for rent. The purpose of the Arts and Sciences Division of Gaston College is to provide quality instructional opportunities in college parallel programs for students who intend to transfer to senior institutions and to provide support of technical and occupational program curriculums. The division serves as a community resource and promotes academic articulation with public/private schools, business/industry, and senior institutions. The Liberal Arts and Sciences Division offers a wide range of courses. Among these are art, criminal justice, technology, early childhood education, English, foreign languages, humanities, mathematics, music, the natural sciences, paralegal technology, and the social sciences.

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The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 69%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

North Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.56, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Fayetteville Technical Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.