Great Basin College

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School Overview

Great Basin College was opened in 1967 in Elko, Nevada, and is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education. It was originally named “Elko Community College”, then changed to “Northern Nevada Community College”, and later changed its name to Great Basin College. The school has an average annual enrollment of roughly 3,500.

Great Basin College offers a variety of two-year and four-year degree programs. Students may pursue Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees in computer office technology, business, early childhood education, criminal justice, nursing, and industrial technology. They may pursue four-year Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in elementary and secondary education, integrated studies, and nursing. The college provides comprehensive instruction and training for those students who are interested in career and technical education, as well as those who are interested in earning an advanced degree. The college also offers certificate programs and short-term training programs for several secretarial/administrative assistant, industrial arts, and business disciplines.

The college’s main campus is located in Elko, in northeastern Nevada and offers students residence halls at its Elko campus. Great Basin College has branch campuses located near the communities of Ely, Battle Mountain, Winnemucca, and Pahrump; and has satellite centers in almost 20 communities throughout rural Nevada.

General Information

Admission Office

1500 College Parkway

Elko, NV 89801

(775) 753-2311

Fax: (775) 738-8771

Contact: Julie Byrnes

Director of Enrollment Management
Main Address

1500 College Parkway

Elko, NV 89801

(775) 738-8493

Total undergrads: 3,370

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,230


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $10

Online application fee: $10

Admissions Policies/Requirements

Admission requirements:

Interview required
Essay(s) required

Placement test required for some English and math courses. Nursing applicants selected on basis of point system. Points given for courses completed, grades, current work experience in health field, certifications, letters of recommendation, and scores obtained on required entrance exam which measures math and reading comprehension skills. Application/selection process for formal admission to last 2 years of bachelor degree programs, including interview and essay.

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business B
Agriculture – General A
Farm/Ranch Management A

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General A
Music – General A

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A,C
Administrative/Secretarial Services A,C
Business – General A
Business Administration/Management A,B,C
Information Processing/Data Entry A,C
Office Management A

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Networking/Telecommunications A
Computer/Information Sciences – General A,C
Networking/LAN/WAN Management A

Construction Trades

Electrician A,C


Agricultural Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education A,C
Elementary Education A,B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Trade/Industrial Education B


Engineering – General A
Surveying Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Electrical Engineering Technologies C

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General A

Foreign Language & Literature

Language Interpretation/Translation A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Nursing (RN) A,B


History – General A

Law & Legal Studies

Legal Administrative Assistance C

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Diesel Mechanics A,C
Industrial Equipment Maintenance/Repair A,C

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Cultural Resource Management B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Natural Resources & Conservation – General A

Physical Sciences

Chemistry A
Geology A
Physics A

Precision Production Trades

Welding Technology A,C


Psychology – General A

Public Administration & Services

Social Work A

Security & Protective Services

Fire Science/Firefighting A
Law Enforcement Administration A
Police Science A

Social Sciences

Anthropology A
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Great Basin College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (775) 738-8493
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1500 College Parkway, Elko, NV 89801
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,852
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 10%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 562 (15% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $3,248
Out-of-state Tuition: $10,603
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 72%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $4,514

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Great Basin College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Great Basin College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 741
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 441
Construction Trades 1
Education 626
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 162
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 631
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 3
Natural Resources and Conservation 11
Physical Sciences 1
Precision Production 2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Science Technologies/Technicians 1
Social Sciences 11
Visual and Performing Arts 11
Grand total 323316

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Great Basin College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $3,248
Out-of-state $10,603
Books and supplies $1,670

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 191 72%
Grant or scholarship aid 190 72% $4,514
Student loan aid 42 16% $7,104

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,265 37% $4,452
Federal student loans 219 6% $7,230

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Great Basin College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Great Basin College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Great Basin College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,852
Undergraduate enrollment 3,852
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Great Basin College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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