Great Basin College

  • 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 3,024 students (30% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 29:1 is lower than the state community college average of 37:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 29% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 53%.
  • Great Basin College is the only community colleges within Elko County, NV.
  • The nearest community college to Great Basin College is College of Southern Idaho (137.6 miles away).

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 yearsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, for profit
Total Faculty103 staff40 staff
Great Basin College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Great Basin College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 29:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Great Basin College diversity score of 0.47 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment3,024 students3,024 students
Great Basin College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio29:137:1
Great Basin College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students919 students919 students
Great Basin College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,105 students2,105 students
Great Basin College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Great Basin College Enrollment Breakdown NV All Enrollment Breakdown
# Undergraduate Students905 students905 students
# Graduate Students14 students14 students
Great Basin College Graduation BreakDown NV All Graduation Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Great Basin College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
Great Basin College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Great Basin College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Great Basin College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Great Basin College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Great Basin College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Great Basin College Hawaiian (2013-2016)
% Two or more races
Great Basin College More (2009-2016)
% Unknown races
Great Basin College Ethnicity Breakdown NV All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.470.70
Great Basin College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,800$30,300
Great Basin College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,700 is equal to the state average of $2,700. The in-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $9,345 is equal to the state average of $9,345. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,700$2,700
Great Basin College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$9,345$9,345
Great Basin College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid69%75%
Great Basin College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$12,735$11,591
Great Basin College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,195$5,500
Great Basin College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (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).

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