Great Basin College Admissions

Costs, Financial Aid, Graduation Rates & More

Elko County Courthouse, Elko NV
Elko County Courthouse, Elko. Ken Lund / Flickr

Great Basin College Admissions Overview:

With open admissions, Great Basin College is accessible to all those interested in attending who fulfill the minimum admissions requirements. However, students will still need to submit an application to enroll at the school. Prospective students can fill out an application online, and are welcome to visit the campus to see if Great Basin would be a good match for them.

Admissions Data (2016):

Great Basin College Description:

Great Basin College is located in Elko--a town of about 18,000, in northeast Nevada. Opened in 1967 as Elko Community College, GBC has expanded and been renamed a few times. It currently has about 3,000 students; most students earn a 2-year Associate's Degree, but there are plenty of opportunities for four-year Bachelor Degrees as well. Many of its programs are vocational--Nursing, Education, Business, and Criminal Justice are among the most popular. Outside of the classroom, GBC offers a variety of clubs--ranging from honor societies, to sports teams, to gaming and recreational organizations. 

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,396 (all undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 35% Male / 65% Female
  • 73% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $2,910 (in-state); $9,555 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,670 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $6,800
  • Other Expenses: $3,900
  • Total Cost: $15,280 (in-state); $21,925 (out-of-state)

Great Basin College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 68%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 68%
    • Loans: 11%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $3,300
    • Loans: $6,565

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Management, Nursing, Language Arts Education/Teaching, Social Sciences

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 82%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 15%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 3%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 7%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Great Basin College Mission Statement:

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"Great Basin College enriches people's lives by providing student-centered, post-secondary education to rural Nevada. Educational, cultural, and related economic needs of the multicounty service area are met through programs of university transfer, applied science and technology, business and industry partnerships, developmental education, community service, and student support services in conjunction with certificates and associate and select baccalaureate degrees."

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