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Whether you have a career in mind or you’re just starting to explore your path, Gulf Coast State College can help you get where you want to be. Start your journey at one of the best state colleges in Florida for affordability, accessibility, and ultimately student success.

WHERE WILL GCSC TAKE YOU?

Get valuable career training in the field you’re passionate about. Learn a new skill to advance in your current job. Earn credits toward higher education at other top colleges in Florida. Whatever your goal, you can reach it at Gulf Coast State College.

Choose Your Pathways

GCSC pathways: Helping you define your career path.

Not sure which Gulf Coast State degree program is right for you?

Explore by pathway—choose the group of fields or industries that best aligns with your interests, strengths, or goals.

EXPLORE GCSC BY LOCATION

Take courses or earn your Gulf Coast State College degree where it works best for you. As one of the most affordable state colleges in Florida and offering four locations and online options, GCSC is ready to meet you, wherever you are on your path.

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Panama City

Located next to the water in Panama City, Florida, Gulf Coast State College is ready to provide you a first-class education with an emphasis on success. With some of the lowest tuition rates in Florida, Gulf Coast offers you a variety of options focused on quality and practicality.

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Get registered for Spring 2023

Our spring semester begins Friday, January 6, 2023 and registration is currently open. For students who would like to fast-track credits, we are also offering our eight-week shortened semester that starts on March 2, 2023.

Current students can get registered through their MyGCSC account. New students can get started at gulfcoast.edu/admissions.

Go after your goals – get started or get back on track this spring!

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Affordable. Accessible. Attainable.

At GCSC, a college education is truly within your reach. In addition to our flexible course formats, easy application process, and personalized student support, we work to keep our tuition rates among the lowest for community colleges in Florida.

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Enjoy a Rich, Dynamic Campus Life.

Whether you’re interested in arts and culture, athletics, history, social justice, or academic competitions, you’ll find your place at GCSC. Catch a Gulf Coast NJCAA ball game. Show off your smarts in the Brain Bowl. Join a kickball or ping-pong team. These are just a few of your options—and part of what sets GCSC apart from other colleges in Florida.

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What's Happening at GCSC

19:1
Ratio of Gulf Coast State College students to Gulf Coast State College teachers
Receive the personalized attention you deserve in a college setting and work with respected, dedicated faculty. Learn more about how GCSC helps you succeed.
98.6%
of GCSC students recommend Gulf Coast State College degrees, pathways, and programs.
Experience the reasons alumni continually recognize Gulf Coast State College: outstanding student support, affordable tuition , and career preparation.
95.4%
of students are either hired or continuing their education within 1 year of graduation from Gulf Coast State College.
Realize your potential—in your career, education, or passion. Our pathway navigators will be your guide along the way.
Elaina Reynolds, Student Athlete (Volleyball)
“Ever since I first stepped onto the court at GCSC, I’ve felt at home. My coaches and teammates have allowed me to be myself and have pushed me mentally and physically to be the best student and athlete I can be. I am thankful to play on this once-in-a-lifetime team and to attend GCSC.”
Elaina Reynolds
Student Athlete (Volleyball)
Ashton Norton, Political Science
“College is a time in a person’s life when they learn the valuable skills they need to be successful in the outside world. Because of Gulf Coast State College, I now have those very skills, plus more. I have a new drive and a new ambition for my life and that is such a motivating factor for me, and none of it would be possible without Gulf Coast State College. This college has a message that reads Start Here, Go Anywhere and now I know what they mean. I will always cherish the time that I spent here at Gulf Coast, I have made lifelong friends and learned life-changing skills. I am forever grateful to this college and I am so happy that I started here.”
Ashton Norton
Dedrica Streeter, PT
“GCSC promotes a learning environment by providing quality education in a small friendly and inviting atmosphere that promotes comradery and academic excellence. While attending GCSC I had the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals that I now consider friends. The staff of GCSC is welcoming and approachable. The professors are supportive, attentive, and truly want their students to succeed.”
Dedrica Streeter
Zoe Thomas, Theatre
“Gulf Coast State College has one of the best performing arts programs in the Panhandle! I’m able to get hands on experience that prepares me for a career on stage.”
Zoe Thomas
Theatre Student
Leslie Grant, Online Student
“Online courses at GCSC have made it so accessible and easy for me to learn and complete my degree while still being able to homeschool my son. The convenience of being able to complete online courses on my own schedule has made this semester fun, simple and stress-free. GCSC has many clubs and hosts events frequently, so if you can access the campus, there is no lack of social connection in taking online classes and the college experience is still available to online students. I have loved my time at GCSC and taking classes online has really added to that experience for me.”
Leslie Grant
Online Student
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