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Gaston College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research Gaston College in Dallas, NC. Learn about its admission requirements, degree and certificate programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Gaston College

Gaston College is a two-year public institution that was founded in 1963. The college's main campus is located in Dallas, North Carolina, about a half hour northwest of Charlotte. The two additional campuses are Kimbrell (East) and the Textile Technology Center in Belmont, North Carolina, and the Lincoln Campus in Lincolnton, North Carolina.


Gaston College offers over 100 certificate and associate's degree programs through five academic divisions: Engineering and Industrial Technology; Business and Information Technology; Economic and Workforce Development; Health Education; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. All students at Gaston College have the opportunity to learn to write, speak and read effectively; to use logical reasoning; to work with quantitative data; to apply critical thinking to the study of humanities and social sciences; and to use computers in academic and workplace settings.

The Economic and Workforce Development Division offers a variety of continuing education course options. Some of these include courses in public safety, such as fire and rescue training; licensure and certification programs, such as teacher renewal and real estate licensing; personal enrichment classes, such as painting and sewing; business and industry training, such as forklift operation; and occupational training, such as American Sign Language and human resource development.

Distance Education at Gaston College provides students with fully online courses and hybrid online/offline courses. Students in good academic standing who meet certain eligibility requirements can gain work experience in their field alongside their studies through the Cooperative Education (CO-OP) program.


Gaston has an open admissions policy and accepts all applicants who are over the age of 18 and who hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. However, programs in the Health Sciences Division have additional admissions requirements, and students should inquire with their program of interest for specifics.

To attend Gaston College, students must submit an online application and high school transcripts or GED scores. Students also are required to take placement tests, unless they're exempt through qualifying SAT or ACT scores.

In fall 2011, 64% of students attended part-time. The gender ratio was 34% male to 66% female, and the student body was 68% Caucasian, 15% African American, 5% Hispanic, 1% Asian and 1% American Indian. In fall 2010, 99% of first-time students seeking degrees or certificates came from the state of North Carolina.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition at Gaston College is $56.50 per credit hour for North Carolina residents and $248.50 per credit hour for nonresidents. The maximum tuition fee, which applies to students taking over 15 credits, is $904 per semester for North Carolina residents and $3,976 per semester for nonresidents. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the total estimated expenses for a full-time student living off-campus in 2011-2012 were $14,561 for in-state students and $20,705 for out-of-state students.

The Gaston College Foundation offers scholarships based on a variety of criteria. To be considered, students must apply by March 31st. In 2010-2011, institutional grants or scholarships were awarded to 2% of incoming, full-time students; the average award per student was $762.

School Type Two-year public*
Degrees Offered Certificate programs and associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Rural fringe*
Student Body 6,464 in fall 2011*
Student Housing Not available*
Divisions and Programs Five academic divisions offering over 100 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Less-than-one-year certificates: Child care and support services management (75)
One-to-two-year certificates: HVAC and refrigeration maintenance (29)
Associate's: Liberal arts and sciences (135)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 11% within 'normal' time
24% within 150% of 'normal' time
25% within 200% of 'normal' time (students who started in fall 2007)*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 1,026 in fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates From fall 2010 to fall 2011:
67% (full-time students)
38% (part-time students)*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions**
Tuition (2011-2012) In-state: $56.50 per credit (max. $904 per semester); out-of-state: $248.50 per credit (max. $3,976 per semester)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For incoming, full-time students in 2010-2011: Federal grants (59%), state and local scholarships/grants (21%), institutional scholarships/grants (2%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 61% of full-time students in 2010-2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics; **Gaston College; *** IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Info

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Gaston College, 201 Highway 321 South, Dallas, NC 28034
  • Phone: (704) 922-6214
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