Updated on May 23, 2024
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Great Basin College is a four-year, public college founded in 1967. It is located in Elko, Nevada, which is near scenic, majestic mountains and relatively close to Salt Lake City, Utah, not far from the Idaho and Oregon borders. The college offers a variety of programs in the form of associate and bachelor’s degrees, as well as certificates. In total, the student population is nearly 4,000, all of whom are undergraduates.

Overview of Great Basin College

Degree programs are available to enhance technical education and career pathways through online programs and in-person classes across the state. Today, the college offers 30 programs online and this figure is growing each year. Fast-track certificate programs exist to assist with job skill development. Two-year certificates are also available, as well as two-year associate programs, which prepare students for transfer programs or entry-level careers. Bachelor’s degrees are available in nursing, social work, and others.

Students will also benefit from a well-rounded college experience. Dozens of clubs and organizations for nearly every career path and personal interest are available, such as leadership, nursing, radiology, Latino culture, agriculture, and more. The school is ideally located within range of adventures you can experience from the mountains to the sea and everything in between. Whether a student wishes to take a day trip or participate in a weekend excursion, the options are plentiful at Great Basin College.

General Information

School Type Primarily associate's, Public
Campus Setting Town: Remote
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 15:1
Graduation Rate 36%
Year Founded 1967

Student Enrollment

Total Students3,451


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,173
Female 2,278

Graduate Student

Male NA
Female NA

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Application Fee $10
High School GPA NA
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts NA
College Prep Courses NA
Recommendations NA
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) NA
Application Deadline November
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The annual cost of Great Basin College for students in-state is $3,248; whereas, the cost for students from out-of-state is closer to $10,600. Everyone, regardless of state residence, will have to pay around another $11,500 or more for basic living and school expenses including books, supplies, room and board, and more. For individuals who wish to participate in activities and events off-campus, they will require even more funds.

The college helps students make the cost of education more manageable with access to their financial aid office. Over 70% of students receive financial assistance such as grants, scholarships, and student loans. Great Basin leaders work to provide as many scholarships and federal grants as possible, as students do not have to pay these back. With the help of financial aid, the average net price of tuition lowers to $7,339 each year. Some students will also choose work-study programs, paid internships, and off or on-campus employment.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $9,848
Average Total Aid $4,140
Students Receiving Financial Aid 75%
Room & Board $6,000

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $3,248
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $10,603
  • Books and Supplies - $1,670
  • Room & Board - $6,000
  • Other - $3,900


Whether one is in search of continuing education, skill development or degree completions, students who attend Great Basin will have access to unlimited educational opportunities. At the associate degree level, students will prepare for entry-level positions and transfer degree programs. The bachelor’s degree programs prepare students for careers, promotions, and graduate school.

Skill certificates are also available in a variety of fields of study. These programs are flexible to work with the busy schedules of students. Some programs are single courses, others consist of several short courses. Many are even available online. A total of 30 programs at all program levels are available. Bachelor’s degrees at Great Basin prepare students to become professionals and for management in both private and public sectors, including in English, nursing, and social science.

It’s also possible to pursue adult basic education programs. These courses are available to native and non-native English speakers. Subjects are designed to help with basic math, reading, and writing skills. Many graduates will eventually go on to complete associate or bachelor’s degrees upon successfully completion of these prep courses. Another option for students is to pursue non-credit training programs for career development. Career training programs include computing technology and healthcare training.

To assist with successful course completion, the college offers a variety of services including live tutoring, placement testing, and computer labs. They also have a decent student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1. As a result of these initiatives, the retention rate is 56% and the graduation rate is 47%. These figures are reasonable in comparison to national averages and the fact many students work while they pursue degrees and transfer to other colleges to finish bachelor’s degrees.

Student Population Total

Student Population 3,451

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 19 Total Graduates / 21%
Business Administration and Management, General 19 Graduates
All Education Majors 19 Total Graduates / 21%
Elementary Education and Teaching 16 Graduates
Social Science Teacher Education 2 Graduates
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 16 Total Graduates / 18%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 16 Graduates
All Social Sciences Majors 11 Total Graduates / 12%
Social Sciences, General 11 Graduates
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields 8 Total Graduates / 9%
Surveying Technology/Surveying 5 Graduates
Instrumentation Technology/Technician 3 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 20%

Outcome & Salary

Students, community members, and alumni all have access to the Career Services Center. The services offered through the center help with careers in a number of ways such as career planning, job offer managing, career assessing, interview practice, negotiating, and job searching. Everyone also has access to the CareerOneStop and O*net, which are career resource services that offer career advice, career information, workforce development, job seeking, career testing, and career matching.

The Academic Advising Center is available in addition to Career Services to help connect potential employees with businesses, as well as access to job search websites. Great Basin College also offers a Veterans Resource Center with services, tools, and resources specifically related to the needs of veterans, including dedicated spaces for socializing and studying. All veteran students will also be assigned to an assistant and outreach coordinator to help manage the stresses and challenges of veteran students.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $45,000
College Grads Average Salary $49,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $66,600
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $490,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,156,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $39,392
10 Year Projected ROI $450,608
20 Year Projected ROI $1,116,608
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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