5230 West U.S. Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
Top Ranked (2022-23): View Rankings
  • At Gulf Coast Community College, a comprehensive public institution, we provide high quality, affordable educational, training, and enrichment programs. We serve primarily the residents of Florida’s Bay, Gulf, and Franklin counties.

School Highlights

Gulf Coast State College serves 4,797 students (34% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is lower than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 31% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 62%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 4,797 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,765
  • Out-state tuition: $10,072
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 31%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Gulf Coast State College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Florida for:

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School Overview

The teacher population of 427 teachers has grown by 87% over five years.
Gulf Coast State College
(FL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's Dominant
Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Mixed Baccalaureate/Associate's
Institution Level
Four or more years
Four or more years
Institution Control
Public
Private, non-profit
Total Faculty
427 staff
128 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Gulf Coast State College has declined by 23% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has decreased from 37:1 over five years.
The Gulf Coast State College diversity score of 0.50 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
4,797 students
3,135 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
14:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,625 students
862 students
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# Part-Time Students
3,172 students
2,273 students
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This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Gulf Coast State College.
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
100 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
n/a
% Asian
3%
3%
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% Hispanic
6%
30%
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% Black
10%
18%
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% White
69%
38%
This chart display the percentage of White students in Gulf Coast State College and the percentage of White community college students in FL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Two or more races
3%
3%
This chart display the percentage of Two or more races students in Gulf Coast State College and the percentage of Two or more races community college students in FL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Non Resident races
1%
2%
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% Unknown races
7%
6%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in FL.
Diversity Score
0.50
0.73
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College Completion Rate
38%
44%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of Gulf Coast State College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of FL by year, with the latest 2009-10 school year data.
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$30,800
$31,500
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Gulf Coast State College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of FL by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,765 is less than the state average of $5,404. The in-state tuition has grown by 16% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $10,072 is less than the state average of $11,632. The out-state tuition has grown by 16% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$2,765
$5,404
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$10,072
$11,632
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Gulf Coast State College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of FL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
72%
88%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Gulf Coast State College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in FL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$7,000
$10,413
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Gulf Coast State College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in FL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,793
$5,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Gulf Coast State College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in FL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
84%
SAT Reading
n/a
442
SAT Math
n/a
429
ACT Composite
n/a
18
ACT English
n/a
18
ACT Math
n/a
18
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • Gulf Coast State College provides a first-class education with an emphasis on success. With some of the lowest tuition rates in Florida, Gulf Coast offers over 150 programs focused on quality and practicality.The College offers four bachelor’s degrees in Digital Media, Technology Management, Nursing and Organizational Management with specializations in Entrepreneurship, Health Services Administration and Emergency Services Administration. Our students may pursue an Associate in Arts degree with 75 different transfer-tracks, workforce specific Associate in Science degrees and technical certifications, including the Educator Preparation Institute.We serve students in traditional classes, online courses, Corporate College and professional training courses with classes at convenient times and in multiple locations. In addition to the main campus in Panama City, the College holds classes at Tyndall Air Force Base, the North Bay Campus in Southport and the Gulf/Franklin Campus in Port St. Joe. The College is also recognized as one of the top-tier military friendly colleges in the country, providing a supportive environment for active duty, reservist and dependents as well as veterans. Our goal at Gulf Coast State College is simple – to offer the highest quality, accessible and affordable education and training. Our students really start here and go anywhere!

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 4,797 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,765
  • Out-state tuition: $10,072
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 31%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Florida public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,404 per year for in-state students and $11,632 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,410 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Florida is 80%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Florida community colleges have a diversity score of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Florida is Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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