Gaston College

Tel: (704)922-6200
  • 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 20:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 22% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 37%.
  • Gaston College is the only community colleges within Gaston County, NC.
  • The nearest community college is The Art Institute of Charlotte (15.80 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 277 teachers has declined by 13% over five years.
Gaston College (NC) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 277 staff 122 staff
Gaston College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 5,777 has declined by 9% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.38 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 5,777 students 2,273 students
Gaston College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 21:1 20:1
Gaston College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 1,862 students 967 students
Gaston College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 3,915 students 1,306 students
Gaston College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Gaston College Enrollment Breakdown NC All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Gaston College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
Gaston College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Gaston College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Gaston College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Gaston College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Gaston College More (2014-2016)
% Non Resident races
Gaston College Non Resident (2014-2016)
% Unknown races
Gaston College Ethnicity Breakdown NC 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. 0.38 0.55
Gaston College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Gaston College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $27,600 -
Gaston College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,560 is less than the state average of $3,902. 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 $9,562. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,560 $3,902
Gaston College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,704 $9,562
Gaston College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 72% 79%
Gaston College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $2,625 -
Gaston College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2011)
Median Debt for Dropouts $2,625 -
Gaston College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2011)
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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Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,902 per year for in-state students and $9,562 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,051 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 73%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

North Carolina 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 0.55, which is lower than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.