Gulf Coast State College

5230 West U.S. Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401-0000
Tel: (850)769-1551
  • 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 6,271 students (35% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 37:1 is lower than the state community college average of 38:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 25% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 54%.
  • Gulf Coast State College is the only community colleges within Bay County, FL.
  • The nearest community college is Chipola College (50.00 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 170 teachers has declined by 25% over five years.
Gulf Coast State College(FL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty170 staff38 staff
Gulf Coast State College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 6,271 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has increased from 32:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.42 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment6,271 students1,230 students
Gulf Coast State College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio37:138:1
Gulf Coast State College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,224 students537 students
Gulf Coast State College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students4,047 students693 students
Gulf Coast State College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Gulf Coast State College Enrollment Breakdown FL All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
-
% Asian
3%
2%
Gulf Coast State College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
5%
24%
Gulf Coast State College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
11%
17%
Gulf Coast State College Black (2007-2016)
% White
75%
46%
Gulf Coast State College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
3%
2%
Gulf Coast State College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
-
2%
Gulf Coast State College Non Resident (2007-2013)
% Unknown races
2%
7%
Gulf Coast State College Unknown (2007-2016)
Gulf Coast State College Ethnicity Breakdown FL 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.0.420.70
Gulf Coast State College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
38%
59%
Gulf Coast State College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2010)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$30,800$30,800
Gulf Coast State College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,765 is less than the state average of $6,233. The in-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $10,072 is less than the state average of $11,756. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,765$6,233
Gulf Coast State College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$10,072$11,756
Gulf Coast State College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid83%91%
Gulf Coast State College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$7,305$12,750
Gulf Coast State College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,751$6,334
Gulf Coast State College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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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Did You Know?
For Florida public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,233 per year for in-state students and $11,756 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,011 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Florida is 87%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Florida 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 0.70, which is higher than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Florida is Johnson & Wales University-North Miami. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.