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A member of the Nevada System of Higher Education, Great Basin College (GBC) was opened in 1967 as “Elko Community College.” Today, the college consists of several campuses serving its nearly 5,000 students. The main, or Elko Campus, is home to the lovely residential facility and is the hub for six large Nevada counties. Branch campuses, centers, and facilities are located in Battle Mountain, Ely, Pahrunp, and Winnemucca, as well as satellite centers in Amargosa Valley, Austin, Beatty, Carlin, Crescent Valley, Eureka, Gabbs, Jackpot, McDermitt, Owyhee, Round Mountain, Wells, and Wendover. Students may work toward associate and baccalaureate degrees at GBC, and high school students may participate in several dual enrollment schemes.


Students may choose to participate in degree- and certificate-granting programs through GBC. Bachelor degree programs generally last 4 years, associate degree programs two, and certificate programs just one year. Other programs offered may last only one semester, and generally improve on career skills in areas like real estate, business, or office administration. Students may choose from areas of study like agriculture, education, English, integrative studies, technology/industry, physical education, science, broadcast technology, business & business administration, health sciences, human and social services, career/technical education, fine arts & humanities, and computer office technology. Areas of concentrations include production, resource management, early childhood education, digital information technology, surveying/geomatics, diesel technology, journalism, languages, and more. At GBC, students have access to technological and scholarly resources like the Great Basin College Library, computing labs, top software, campus email, and the computing help desk.

For students already engaged in preexisting commitments like careers, jobs, or families, or facing obstacles like location or transportation, GBC offers Classes at a Distance. Students can attend Internet courses via the WebCampus, interactive video courses (IAV), and LiveNet courses. Additionally, students may speed up the process of receiving a title or degree by earning college credit by examination through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), College Board Advanced Placement Examination (CBAPE), and Challenge Examinations. It may also be possible to award students credit hours for knowledge and experience, as determined by a qualified GBC faculty member and the Academic Standards Committee of the Faculty Senate. High school students may earn credit by enrolling in special programs like the dual-enrollment program or tech prep in participating school districts. In addition to degree- and certificate-granting programs, custom courses are designed at GBC to improve area business and industry. Examples are workplace literacy, technology training, computer training, technical writing, management and supervisory training, customer service, communication, first aid, and more.

All students are assisted in their academic or technical pursuits by the Academic Success Center. With instruction offered in writing, science, and foreign languages, students have access to tutors during all regular ASC hours. Essay correction is also available by advanced e-submission to editors at the ASC. Student Retention services help students in making the transition to the postsecondary educational environment, providing valuable advice and personal counseling. The Adult Learning Centers at GBC provide adult basic instruction on a variety of subjects like English, math, grammar, writing, and English as a Second Language. The Adult Basic Education department caters to those 18 years of age and older who wish to improve basic job or academic skills, or to complete GED Test Prep or the GED Test.

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The college has an open admissions policy. Some courses may have prerequisites, and limited enrollment programs cannot necessarily guarantee acceptance for every student. Students may apply online, or print a paper application to submit by mail, or to a local branch campus’s Admissions Office. Advisement services are available to answer any student queries during the application process. Special requirements apply to international students. Anyone wishing to transfer post-secondary credit hours to GBC must submit the necessary official transcripts.

Financial Aid

At GBC, students may qualify for a range of financial aid options, including scholarships, federal grants, loans and work-study programs, and Veterans’ Benefits. Many students also take advantage of the GBC Career Center to find full- or part-time work in the local community to supplement their educational expenses. Students wishing to qualify for financial aid must begin the process by filling out the FAFSA, available online.

Scholarships may be available as based on merit, need, or other qualification, such as the Millennium Scholarship, the USA Funds Scholarship, the NASA Space Grant Scholarship, and more.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5330th for the average student loan amount.
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The Elko Campus is the heart of GBC student life with the College Community Center. At the CCC, students find the Fitness Center, CafeX, the Student Government Association, the Office for Prospective Students, and the GBC Student Advocate’s office. The Student Government Association hosts many events and activities in which students may participate, such as themed events, game nights, Red Ribbon Week, and community service projects. Students can also get involved with the Community Center through the theater program. Various clubs and organizations are available for student participation, including the Art Club, the GBC Democrats, the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, the Native American Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Rotaract, the Social Work Association, and more.

Convenient and affordable student housing is available at GBC. Single residents are welcome, as are married students and students with families. Set across from the main Elko campus are student residences, and the Griswold Hall dorm and apartments for families are just down the street. A regular schedule of student housing events is designed for the benefit of campus residents. Childcare is available through the Mark H. Dawson Child & Family Center.

Many GBC students take advantage of The Advising & Career Center’s Student Employment Services. From referrals to job search training, students are helped along the entire path from education to employment. Resume, cover letter, student workshops, and interview prep assistance are also available.

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While GBC does not field any intercollegiate competitive sports teams, there is a campus fitness center available to students. Located on the Elko Campus, students may participate in basketball, rock climbing, karate, yoga, kickboxing, pilates, and weight training. Available equipment includes weight machines, exercycles, elliptical machines, treadmills, and more. Student may become gym members for a small fee, and can even earn credit for hours spent in the gym (currently 1 credit per 17 hours logged!)


The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is the accrediting agency for Great Basin College, a member college of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

Information Summary

Ranks 3rd in Nevada and 1615th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 2 0.06
Burglary 1 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 99 0.54
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
Forcible Rape 12 0.07
Robbery 12 0.07
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 156 0.85
Larceny 405 2.20
Vehicle theft 35 0.19

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Elko, NV 89801
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population20,732 (16,879 urban / 3,853 rural)
Households7,529 (2.72 people per house)
Median Household Income$48,656
Families5,287 (3.26 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPostbaccalaureate certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3202

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1775th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,535 $2,535 $9,180
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $165 $165 $165
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $85 $85 $178
FT Graduate Tuition $2,535 $2,535 $9,180
FT Graduate Required Fees $165 $165 $165
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $85 $85 $178
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $15,070 $15,070 $21,715
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,720 $18,720 $25,365
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,270 $8,270 $14,915

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,513 $2,700 $2,513 $2,700 $9,008 $9,615
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,430 $2,300
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,900(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,200(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,900(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,900(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity128
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$2,650
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1557th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $67,400 ($67,864 male / $55,354 female)
Number of FT Faculty 61 (36 male / 25 female)
Number of PT Faculty 190
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $1,723,279

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