Gaston College

Gaston College

Gaston College is a fully accredited community college located in Dallas, North Carolina. It was granted a charter in 1963 by the State of North Carolina. Classes began in September of 1964. The college enrolls more than 5,000 students each term. It also enrolls over 15,000 students in continuing education programs. Gaston College is a part of the North Carolina Community College System.

Gaston College offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. The college sponsors several clubs and organizations for the overall development of its students.

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Gaston College
201 Hwy 321 S
Dallas , NC 28034
General Phone: (704) 922-6200

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Gaston Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts163liberal arts and sciences, general studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine97EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant
Business and Management92business management, logistics, accounting, accounting technology
Mechanics and Repair81industrial electronics tech, HVAC, industrial mechanics, automobile mechanics
Education and Teaching70early childhood education
Security and Law Enforcement69criminal justice and safety, forensic science, criminal justice and police, fire protection tech
Medical Administration67medical office management, medical transcription, medical secretary
Engineering Technician36architectural engineering tech, civil engineering tech, electronics tech, biomedical tech, electromechanical instrument tech, mechanical engineering tech, computer engineering tech
Medical Support and Technology33medical assistant, veterinary assistant, phlebotomy
Office and Administration30office management, executive secretary, business support services
Production Trades24machine shop assistant, welding
Computer Science and Engineering23information technology, computer programming, information science, computer networking, network management, computer security, computer engineering courses
Law19legal secretary, legal assistant
Therapy and Counseling17massage therapy
Construction Trades13electrician
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy4dietitian assistant
Media3radio and TV tech
Science and Laboratory Technician2biology tech
Engineering0biomedical engineering, engineering management
Beauty and Cosmetology0cosmetology

Number of programs and degrees for Gaston in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years11019
Associate's degree49745
Award of less than 1 academic year23629

Gaston Student Body

In 2007-2008, Gaston had a total enrollment of 5,718 students (4,312 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 72%
Black 15%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 9%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 6%
18-19 19%
20-21 17%
22-24 12%
25-29 11%
30-34 8%
35-39 8%
40-49 12%
50-64 6%
65+ 1%

Gaston Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 90 %
Part-Time 45 %

Gaston Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Dallas, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Gaston Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 1,520
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,641
Books and supplies $ 2,200

Financial Aid:
Gaston participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 297300)

Gaston Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track4890

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year48$51,44190$50,251
All faculty totalacademic year48$51,44190$50,251

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Gaston Degree Programs (2007)

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management, General
Logistics and Materials Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, Other
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Systems Security
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager

Construction Trades

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Engineering/Industrial Management

Engineering Technician
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
Biomedical Technology/Technician
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Electromechanical Instrumentation/Maintenance Techs, Other
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology

Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
Medical Office Management/Administration
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist

Medical Support And Technology
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietitian Assistant

Office And Administration
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary
Office Management and Supervision

Production Trades
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant
Welding Technology/Welder


Science And Laboratory Technician
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage

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What Sets Gaston Apart:

% of degrees in medical administration
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Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Female % of student body
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Number of students
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% of degrees in office and administration
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Top 16%Gaston % of degrees in office and administration
% students 40 years or older
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% of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 19%Gaston % of degrees in education and teaching

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library

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