Gaston College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$2,432
2022 Average Net Price
$4,103
After Financial Aid
2022 Enrolled Students
5,558
24.7% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
43.4%
126 Graduates

About

Gaston College is a higher education institution located in Gaston County, NC. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at Gaston College were Liberal Arts & Sciences (350 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (75 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (34 degrees).

In 2022, 3,400 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Gaston College. 77% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 23% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,104 degrees), 5.01 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (420 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Gaston College is $2,432, which is $−5,680 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Gaston College is $2,432, which is $−5,680 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $4,103.

In 2022, 99% of undergraduate students attending Gaston College received financial aid through grants.

Tuition Costs

$2,432
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Gaston College was $2,432. The cost of tuition at Gaston College is $−5,680 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$4,103
2022 Value
54.9%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Gaston College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $4,103. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Gaston College grew by 54.9%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,180
Room and Board
$1,460
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Gaston College was of $7,180 in 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,460. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

99%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants

99% of undergraduate students at Gaston College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 115% with respect to 2021, when 46% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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0%
2015 Default Rate
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Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Gaston College was 0%, which represents null out of the null total borrowers.

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Enrollment

Gaston College had a total enrollment of 5,558 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Gaston College is 1,373 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,185. This means that 24.7% of students enrolled at Gaston College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Gaston College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 42.3% White, 11.4% Black or African American, 8.17% Hispanic or Latino, 2.61% Two or More Races, 0.846% Asian, 0.252% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.036% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Gaston College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (30.2%), followed by White Male (20.8%) and Black or African American Female (5.97%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

24.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Gaston College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,558 students. The full-time enrollment at Gaston College is 1,373 and the part-time enrollment is 4,185. This means that 24.7% of students enrolled at Gaston College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

75%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Gaston College was 75%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Gaston College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,349 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    634 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    454 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Gaston College is 42.3% White, 11.4% Black or African American, 8.17% Hispanic or Latino, 2.61% Two or More Races, 0.846% Asian, 0.252% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.036% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,866 students (33.6%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 1,836 more women than men received degrees from Gaston College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Gaston College is white (2,104 degrees awarded). There were 5.01 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (420 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at Gaston College is Liberal Arts & Sciences (350 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (75 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (34 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Gaston College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Biology (1,152 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (31 degrees), and Precision Production (74 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Gaston College are Registered nurses (1,473,242 people), Physicians (493,703 people), Other managers (213,492 people), Medical & health services managers (197,198 people), and Pharmacists (192,314 people).

The most specialized majors at Gaston College in 2022 are Biology (1,152 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (31 degrees), Precision Production (74 degrees), Protective Services (154 degrees), and Construction (44 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Gaston College are Surgeons, Physicians, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, Chief executives & legislators, and Podiatrists

The most specialized majors at Gaston College are Biology (1,152 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (31 degrees), Precision Production (74 degrees), Protective Services (154 degrees), and Construction (44 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Gaston College are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,939,403 people), Elementary & secondary schools (416,495 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (406,208 people), Offices of physicians (391,590 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (360,604 people).

The most specialized majors at Gaston College are Biology (1,152 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (31 degrees), Precision Production (74 degrees), Protective Services (154 degrees), and Construction (44 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Gaston College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 350 degrees awarded
  2. 75 degrees awarded
  3. 34 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Gaston College was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 350 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

782
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
2,618
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 782 degrees were awarded to men at Gaston College, which is 0.299 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,618).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 144 degrees were awarded to men at Gaston College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.699 times less than the 206 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 1033 degrees were awarded to men at Gaston College in Biotechnology, which is 8.68 times more than the 119 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

21%
100% Completion Time
39%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 21% of students graduating from Gaston College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 39% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 48% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Gaston College is Male and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 14.3% of graduates (18 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,104 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    420 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    256 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Gaston College is white (2,104 degrees awarded). There were 5.01 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (420 degrees).

12.7% of degree recipients (431 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    1,585 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    519 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    361 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Gaston College is white female (1,585 degrees awarded). There were 3.05 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (519 degrees).

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Operations

Gaston College has an endowment valued at nearly $5.8M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−28.1%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, Gaston College had a total salary expenditure of 57M. Gaston College employs 139 No academic ranks. Most academics at Gaston College are Female No academic rank (89), and Male No academic rank (50).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Gaston College are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 79 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 51 employees, and Management with 44 employees.

Endowment

$5.8M
2022 Endowment
0.123%
growth from 2021

Gaston College has an endowment valued at about $5.8M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Gaston College grew 0.123% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $587k higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-High Traditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$25.1M
2022 Salaries
21.1%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Gaston College paid a median of $25.1M in salaries, which represents 44.1% of their overall expenditure ($57M) and a 21.1% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$8.14M
Instructional Salaries
139
Number of Employees

In 2022, Gaston College paid a total of $8.14M to 139 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
139 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
79 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Gaston College was No academic rank with 139 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Gaston College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 79 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 51 employees, and Management with 44 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female No academic rank
  2. Male No academic rank

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Gaston College was Female No academic rank with 89 employees, and Male No academic rank with 50 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Gaston College.

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