Admissions Steps

Admission Steps

 Apply today to begin your path to a new career and follow your dream of a degree. Choose the application type that pertains to your situation and submit. We will send you an email response within two business days. Then follow the next steps to start attending classes at Gulf Coast State College.

>98%2018-19 Graduation Rate
3.07Average Student GPA
140+Degree and Certificate Programs


  • Apply for Admission
    • The college offers credit and non-credit courses. Credit courses are designed to apply toward a degree.
    • You may enroll in credit courses without seeking a degree as a Non-Degree Seeking student. Non-credit courses are designed to meet the needs of citizens in the community and do not require previous high school and college transcripts.
    • Continuing Education offers personal enrichment and professional development classes (non-credit) that do not require previous high school and college transcripts.
    • Complete the online Admission application

    Apply Now

  • Order Transcripts

    High School, GED and Previous College Transcripts Are Required FOR all degree seeking students

    • All official transcripts must arrive from institution to institution. Faxed and hand-carried transcripts will not be accepted.
    • We can accept transcripts by mail to our address listed below or electronically through a secure, third-party server (Parchment, EScript-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse, and others) to the address
    • If you received a GED, a transcript can be ordered from
    • Please access this link if your school requires a Transcript Request Form.

    Gulf Coast State College
    Office of Enrollment Services
    5230 West US Hwy 98
    Panama City, FL 32401-1058

  • Apply for Financial Aid
    • If you need financial assistance, apply right away.
    • Go to FAFSA and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
    • The GCSC school code is 001490. Additional information and other financial aid opportunities are available on the GCSC Financial Aid web site.
  • Submit Test Scores
    • College Placement, SAT, and/or ACT Testing - If you have taken the College Placement Test, SAT and/or ACT within the past two years, have your official scores sent to the Testing Center.
    • Flexible College Placement - If you entered the 9th grade in a Florida public school in 2003-2004 or later and earned a standard Florida high school diploma from a Florida public high school or are serving as an active-duty member of the United States Armed Services—you qualify for Flexible Placement.
      • Flexible Placement indicates that you are not required to be tested or to enroll in developmental education. You may opt into developmental education, if you deem it appropriate, after consulting with your academic advisor.
    • SAT or ACT Scores - If you do not have SAT or ACT scores, arrange to take the Florida College Placement Test (CPT) at the testing center on any campus. This assessment is used to place you in appropriate communication, math and other classes requiring prerequisites.
    • College Preparatory Testing (CPT) - According to Florida Statutes [Rule 6A-10.0315, College Preparatory Testing, Placement, and Instruction], some degree-seeking students are required to be tested before enrolling for classes. Others are exempt from testing and placed in developmental education courses. Regardless, taking the test is a good idea! 
      • For more information regarding the College Preparatory Testing exemption or to access the current CPT testing dates and times, use the link below.


    Learn More About Testing

  • Complete Online Student Orientation
    • If you are a first time college student, you are required to attend a student orientation session or take the online version before registering for classes.


    Student Orientation Online 

  • Meet with Your Pathway Navigator
    • Pathway Navigators provide guidance and advise to new, continuing and returning students.
    • All 'First Time in College' students are required to meet with their Pathway Navigator.
    • The offices of the Pathway Navigators are located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union East building.


    Make an Appointment


    Refer to the Academic Calendar for important dates including open registration, tuition and fee due dates, class start and end dates, and more.

International Student Information

Information for F-1 International Students can be found at the link below. If you are a Permanent Resident Alien or other VISA type, please complete a standard GCSC college application.

F-1 International Students