Great Basin College

1500 College Parkway
Elko, NV 89801
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  • The mission of Great Basin College is to provide superior, student-centered, post-secondary education in central and northeastern Nevada. We provide five types of educational opportunities: university transfer courses, occupational and technical studies, developmental courses, community education and selected baccalaureate programs, along with student support services and special business-education partnerships.

School Highlights

Great Basin College serves 3,451 students (27% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 34:1 is lower than the state community college average of 38:1.
Minority enrollment is 41% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 62%.

Top Placements

Great Basin College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Nevada for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 103 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Great Basin College(NV) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty103 staff38 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Great Basin College has grown by 14% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 34:1 has increased from 26:1 over five years.
The Great Basin College diversity score of 0.61 is less than the state average of 0.76. The school's diversity has grown by 30% over five years.
Total Enrollment3,451 students2,852 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio34:138:1
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# Full-Time Students939 students707 students
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# Part-Time Students2,512 students2,145 students
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# Undergraduate Students939 students707 students
# Graduate Students14 students14 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
131131
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% American Indian/Alaskan
3%
1%
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% Asian
4%
8%
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% Hispanic
18%
27%
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% Black
3%
8%
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% White
59%
38%
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% Hawaiian
1%
1%
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% Two or more races
3%
5%
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% Non Resident races
3%
5%
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% Unknown races
6%
7%
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Diversity Score0.610.76
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,800$30,300
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Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $2,700 is less than the state average of $5,160. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $9,345 is less than the state average of $10,476. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,700$5,160
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Out-State Tuition Fees$9,345$10,476
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid75%83%
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Median Debt for Graduates$12,750$10,620
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,228$6,228
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Source: 2019 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Founded in 1967, Elkoans bootstrapped a community college, the state's first. Its founders, who called themselves the "Yo Yo Club" because of the ups and downs of the project, had rallied townspeople to the cause. A stir for a technical college had begun in the early 1960s. Fred Harris and Mark Chilton offered land in 1962 on the Mountain City Highway to the university regents for a campus. But the regents, amused, focused on surging Southern Nevada, which was to become the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 1968. Our occupational and technical studies are developed to meet the demands of the local economy. Our programs lead to immediate and meaningful employment for our students. For the employer, we provide short- and long-range training programs that create a productive workforce that knows how to learn and to work in harmony with others. Elizabeth Griswold Hall, the College's newest residential hall, has opened its doors to students. Griswold Hall is another convenient option for new and continuing students. This hall is fully outfitted with high-speed Internet connections, a game room, group and individual study nooks, laundry rooms, and kitchen facilities. The Residence Suites on campus also offer apartment style living for individual and family students. Great Basin College is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. GBC is a member college of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Great Basin College is College of Southern Idaho (137.0 miles away).
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  • 7,585 students | 137.00 Mi315 Falls Ave.
    Twin Falls ID  83301
    (208) 733-9554
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  • Stevens-Henager College
    Private not-for-profit
    225 students | 191.70 Mi1444 Entertainment Avenue
    Boise ID  83709
    (208) 383-4540
    191.70225
  • Carrington College-Boise
    Private for-profit
    428 students | 193.20 Mi1122 N. Liberty St.
    Boise ID  83704
    (208) 377-8080
    193.20428
  • 10,277 students | 195.10 Mi5500 East Opportunity Drive
    Nampa ID  83687
    (208) 562-3000
    195.1010,277
  • Broadview University-Layton
    Private, for profit
    126 students | 198.10 Mi869 West Hill Field Road
    Layton UT  84041
    (801) 498-6300
    198.10126
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Nevada community colleges have a diversity score of 0.76, which is higher than the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in Nevada is Las Vegas College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.