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6101 Grayson Drive
Denison, TX 75020-8299
p. 903-465-6030
w. www.grayson.edu

Grayson College

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As the name clearly implies, this school is located in Grayson County, in northeastern Texas (a little under 100 miles to the north of Dallas). The principal campus of Grayson County College is located in the city of Denison, though there are additional campus branches in the communities of Sherman, Bonham, and Van Alstyne, all of which are located nearby. The school was established in the 1960s following a successful bond election referendum in Grayson County proposing a community college system for the area’s school districts.


Pursuant to its condition as a community college, the college offers students the possibility to achieve academic degrees through the associate level. In particular, there are various programs on offer culminating in either an Associate of Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching, or Associate of Applied Science degree; at a lower level, several certificate programs are also available.

The school has developed strong programs that attract the highest number of students in the areas of mathematics, nursing and emergency medicine, therapy and counseling, and engineering technician.

For students looking to get the most out of their experience at GCC, there is the Honors College (a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council), and furthermore there are college transfer programs that can launch students into a four-year college track. In fact, GCC has a partnership with West Texas A&M University through which students may enroll in a handful of strictly online bachelor’s degree programs.

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As the school is an area community college, it implements an open admissions policy whereby all qualified student applicants from the pertaining school districts are accepted. This open admissions policy is, of course, contingent on available space in classrooms, and certain high-demand programs may possibly have stricter admissions standards than the school as a whole.

The admissions process for GCC can be completed online or in paper form. Students will find that they may be awarded college credit upon admission for certain high school exams or classes taken. The most typical examples where college credit is awarded to incoming freshmen include: receiving high scores on Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams; for select military training programs; through a departmental exam at GCC; and through participating in and successfully completing one of the courses listed in the Dual Credit program that GCC maintains with area high schools.

Financial Aid

As a participating institution of higher education in the US Title IV financial assistance programs, GCC offers federally subsidized loan and grant opportunities for students. In all, students have access to loan, grant, scholarship, and work-study opportunities to help them pay their way through college.

At the federal level, grants include the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and the Pell Grant, while at the state level the Texas Public Education Grant, the State Student Incentive Grant Program and the Academic Competitiveness Grant are offered.

The first and most important step in qualifying for loans and other kinds of financial aid as well is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which is available online.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5827th for the average student loan amount.
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Student life at GCC is dominated by a variety of active clubs and organizations, with most students belonging to at least one. A sampling of the school’s clubs and organizations would include the Viking Voice (which is the student-run newspaper), the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, the Student Government Association, the Criminal Justice Club, and the Grayson Nursing Students Association.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The college is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), participating in Region 5 of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. GCC has actually won three national championships and has developed a strong athletic reputation in the sports practiced on campus, namely: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and softball. The school’s mascot is the Viking (for women’s teams, they refer to the “Lady Vikings”).

Separately, the school operates its own 18-hole golf course, a holdover from the former Perrin Air Force Base, on which the West Campus portion of the main Denison campus is situated.

Information Summary

Ranks 157th in Texas and 2698th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Texas and 109th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 11 0.21
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 4 0.08

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 66 0.28
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
Forcible Rape 9 0.04
Robbery 14 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 288 1.24
Larceny 807 3.48
Vehicle theft 50 0.22

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Denison, TX 75020-8299
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population21,740 (17,701 urban / 4,039 rural)
Households8,770 (2.41 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,484
Families5,903 (2.94 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4804

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3350th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,176 $2,088 $3,192
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $456 $456 $456
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $49 $87 $133
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $10,660 $11,572 $12,676
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,518 $16,430 $17,534
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,800 $9,712 $10,816

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,248 $1,440 $2,036 $2,280 $3,192 $3,456
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,665 $2,024
On-Campus – Room & Board $4,247 $5,020
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,494 $3,337
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,259 $8,343
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,749 $5,873
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,747 $5,873

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)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

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 Capacity84
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$1,300
Board Fee$3,720

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 32 50 90 14 13 698 11 955
Accounting 1 3 4
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 5 1 6
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 2 1 11 14
Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist 6 1 7
Art/Art Studies, General 1 3 5
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 2 1 4
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 2
Business Administration and Management, General 2 4 2 1 29 43
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry
Chemistry, General 1 1
Child Development 2 2
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 1 7 8
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 1 1 1 12 16
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 6 7
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 1 15 18
Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 6 19 27
Criminal Justice/Police Science 23 23
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 19 21
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
Dental Assisting/Assistant 2 3 2 21 29
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 12 14
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 7 8
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 2
Economics, General 1 1
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General 1 2 1 1 12 18
Elementary Education and Teaching
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 2 19 21
Engineering, General 2 1 1 1 5
English Language and Literature, General 1 1
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant 1 3 4
Food Science 15 16
Forensic Science and Technology 1 3 4
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 2
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician 1 2 7 2 52 65
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 2 5 7
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 1 12 2 16
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 3 1 6 21 1 34
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 6 11 17 1 100 4 145
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 5 10 1 56 78
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
Mathematics, General 2 2
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 10 10
Music, General 1 1 1 3
Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist 1 1
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics, General 1 1 1 3
Pre-Nursing Studies 1 1 2
Psychology, General 1 2 4 1 27 38
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 1 3 1 11 17
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 9 10 7 88 1 122
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1
Sociology 7 7
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 2 4 6
Telecommunications Technology/Technician
Welding Technology/Welder 2 6 9 2 41 64

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3310th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $51,417 ($51,751 male / $51,839 female)
Number of FT Faculty 105 (32 male / 73 female)
Number of PT Faculty 259
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $2,891,376

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