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Gulf Coast State College Overview

Located in Panama City, Florida, Gulf Coast State College is a public institution. The location of GCSC is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Gulf Coast State College Known For?

1,221 Undergraduate Awards
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the bachelor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at GCSC.
  • In 2017-2018, 48% of the faculty were full-time.

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Gulf Coast State College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

GCSC has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#397 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at GCSC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Most Popular Online Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Most Popular Allied Health Professions Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#214 Most Popular Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Gulf Coast State College?

Location of Gulf Coast State College

Contact details for GCSC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5230 West U.S. Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401
Phone: 850-769-1551
Website: https://www.gulfcoast.edu/default.htm

How Do I Get Into GCSC?

You can apply to GCSC online at: https://www.gulfcoast.edu/admissions/admissions-application-type.html

Gulf Coast State College has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Can I Afford Gulf Coast State College?

8% Take Out Loans
14.7% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At GCSC, approximately 8% of students took out student loans averaging $4,225 a year. That adds up to $16,900 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at GCSC is 14.7%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Gulf Coast State College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,625 Full-Time Undergraduates
63% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,797 undergraduate students at GCSC, with 1,625 being full-time and 3,172 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  GCSC

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,625 full-time undergraduates at GCSC, 37% are male and 63% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  GCSC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Gulf Coast State College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of GCSC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 40
Black or African American 182
Hispanic or Latino 115
White 1,126
International Students 18
Other Races/Ethnicities 144

Geographic Diversity

Florida students aren't the only ones who study at Gulf Coast State College. At this time, 16 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 16 countries are represented at GCSC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Jamaica, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

Online Learning at Gulf Coast State College

971 Took All Classes Online
2,490 Took At Least One Class Online
2.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,490 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at GCSC has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 38th most popular in Florida for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of GCSC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Gulf Coast State College was 2.1%. This is the #1,888 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at GCSC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of GCSC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 3%
Computer & Information Sciences 44%
Information Technology 50%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at GCSC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at GCSC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
General Visual & Performing Arts #10
Computer Programming #61
Visual & Performing Arts #96
Information Technology #103
Teacher Education Grade Specific #248
Computer & Information Sciences #353
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #474
Liberal Arts General Studies #474

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Gulf Coast State College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 510 0 0 510
Nursing 16 107 0 37 160
Allied Health Professions 49 58 46 0 153
Criminal Justice & Corrections 70 0 0 0 70
Information Technology 32 10 10 16 68
Culinary Arts 13 8 12 0 33
Fire Protection 27 6 0 0 33
Business Administration & Management 0 6 0 24 30
Dental Support Services 0 15 10 0 25
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 23 0 23
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 17 0 0 17
Other Education 14 0 0 0 14
Health Sciences & Services 0 14 0 0 14
General Engineering Technology 2 11 0 0 13
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 12 0 12
Graphic Communications 0 0 0 7 7
Legal Support Services 0 7 0 0 7
Electronics Engineering Technology 6 0 0 0 6
Computer Programming 0 5 0 0 5
Computer Software & Applications 0 5 0 0 5
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 3 0 0 0 3
Accounting 1 1 0 0 2
Industrial Production Technology 2 0 0 0 2
Drama & Theater Arts 0 2 0 0 2
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 1 0 0 1
Hospitality Management 0 1 0 0 1
Communications Technology 1 0 0 0 1
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 1 0 0 1
Civil Engineering Technology 0 1 0 0 1
Construction Engineering Technology 0 1 0 0 1
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 1 0 0 0 1
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0 0
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0 0 0
Music 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 237 787 113 84 1,221

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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