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 3,852 students (27% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the state community college average of 18:1.
Minority enrollment is 42% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 62%.

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 289 teachers has grown by 125% over five years.
Great Basin College(NV) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Mixed Baccalaureate/Associate'sBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's Dominant
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty289 staff90 staff
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School CalendarLink to School Calendar

Student Body

The student population of Great Basin College has grown by 27% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has decreased from 29:1 over five years.
The Great Basin College diversity score of 0.62 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment3,852 students3,852 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio13:118:1
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# Full-Time Students1,022 students1,022 students
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# Part-Time Students2,830 students2,830 students
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# Undergraduate Students1,022 students950 students
# Graduate Students14 students14 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
116116
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% American Indian/Alaskan
3%
1%
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% Asian
3%
8%
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% Hispanic
19%
32%
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% Black
6%
9%
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% White
58%
38%
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% Hawaiian
1%
1%
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% Two or more races
4%
5%
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% Unknown races
6%
5%
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Diversity Score0.620.73
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,800$32,800
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,700 is equal to the state average of $2,700. The in-state tuition has declined 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
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Out-State Tuition Fees$9,345$9,345
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid72%84%
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Median Debt for Graduates$12,500$10,900
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,483$5,423
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Source: 2020 (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).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 7,927 students | 137.00 Mi315 Falls Ave.
    Twin Falls, ID 83301
    (208) 733-9554
    137.007,927
  • 225 students | 191.70 Mi1444 Entertainment Avenue
    Boise, ID 83709
    (208) 383-4540
    191.70225
  • Carrington College-Boise
    Private for-profit
    454 students | 193.20 Mi1122 N. Liberty St.
    Boise, ID 83704
    (208) 377-8080
    193.20454
  • 10,580 students | 195.10 Mi5500 East Opportunity Drive
    Nampa, ID 83687
    (208) 562-3000
    195.1010,580
  • Eagle Gate College-Layton
    Private for-profit
    262 students | 198.60 Mi915 N 400 W
    Layton, UT 84041
    (801) 546-7500
    198.60262
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