Great Basin College

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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.

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