Great Basin College
1500 College Parkway
Elko, NV 89801
(775) 738-8493
Accrediting Agency:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Great Basin College was founded in 1967 and is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Originally known as Elko Community College, the school changed names two times before settling on its final title. The college has an enrollment of more than 3,300 students but maintains a low student-faculty ratio of 16:1. Great Basin College offers two and four-year degrees, as well as certificates and short-term training programs. Distance learning at the college has increased steadily over the last ten years; nearly 1,000 students took at least one course online in 2010.

Programs Offered

Distance learning makes earning a degree easier for working professionals as it allows them a greater level of flexibility in studying and classroom attendance. Great Basin College provides a variety of online courses and programs online. These courses take one of three formats: internet classes (WebCampus), LiveNet Classes (WebCampus with LiveNet), and Interactive Video Classes (IAV). Depending on the format, class attendance and study time is self-paced or it follows a scheduled format and is internet enhanced or entirely online. To improve the distance learning experience, students are given access to live tutoring, placement testing, and technical support. To view the equipment requirements for distance learning, click here.


Great Basin College has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1974.


Although Great Basin College has an open admission policy, certain programs have prerequisites and some have limited admission. Freshmen applicants should review the program they are applying for and complete an application to be considered for admission. Students transferring from another college or university may transfer credits to Great Basin College provided they submit official transcripts. International students are required to submit an international application to be considered for admission. Included with the application should be TOEFL scores (if applicable), official transcripts in English from high school and/or colleges previously attended, and financial documents showing ability to cover tuition costs. More information on admissions can be found here.

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