Admissions Application

Admissions Application


Gulf Coast State College is an "open door" institution. So if you possess a standard high school diploma or the equivalent (a state-issued equivalency certificate or diploma) apply today. State law establishes certain minimum requirements for admission to academic courses. These requirements ensure, as far as possible, that students will be successful in their academic work. If you require assistance due to a disability, please contact Student Accessibility Resources at 850-747-3243 or

  • First Time In College Student


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    GCSC is the first college/university you will attend. You have not attended any other college/university OR you were previously dual enrolled at GCSC while in high school.

    Students who meet one of the following requirements may enroll in Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science degree, or certificate programs.

    • Students who graduated with a Standard High School Diploma, an equivalency diploma (GED), a certificate of completion, CPT eligible, or previously demonstrated competency in college credit post secondary course work.
    • Students who are home educated, with a signed affidavit submitted by the student's parent or legal guardian attesting that the student has completed a home education program pursuant to the requirements of s. 1002.41.
    • Students are provisionally admitted on the basis of their application. Graduation status must be officially verified within the student's first term of enrollment.
    • Special diplomas and certificates of attendance are not accepted for admission into degree or certificate programs
  • Returning Student to Gulf Coast State College


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    You are a returning student who has not attended GCSC within the last 12 months.

    Students who have not been enrolled/applied to Gulf Coast State College within the last 12 months must re-apply to the college.  Go to the admissions application and APPLY ONLINE .  Send official transcripts from your high school and all colleges/universities attended to the Enrollment Services office.  The student will complete graduation requirements under the catalog in force at the time of re-entry.

  • Transfer Student To Gulf Coast State College


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    GCSC is not the first college/university you have attended. You have previously attended another institution.

    A student who has attended another college or university is considered a transfer student. Transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended for students enrolled in Associate in Arts degrees, Associates in Science degrees and certificate programs are required. The application for admission and a nonrefundable $20 processing fee payable to Gulf Coast State College must be submitted before any college transcripts are evaluated.

    Applicants must submit to the Enrollment Services office official transcripts from each college and/or university attended as well as HS/GED secondary transcripts. Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from the school, college or university directly to the Enrollment Services office and contain an official seal and/or signature. Hand carried transcripts, faxed transcripts, or transcripts bearing the statement “issued to student” are not considered official and will not be accepted.

  • Transient Student to Gulf Coast State College


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    I am seeking to take a course at GCSC as a “guest” and would like to transfer those courses back to my “home” institution.

    A transient student is a student seeking a degree from another college. To enroll, students must furnish written permission from the registrar of the home school. This permission must list Gulf Coast State College courses, which may be taken. Transient students are non-degree-seeking students; therefore, transcripts are not required. Florida students may access an electronic transient student admission application by going to FloridaShines and selecting the "take a course at another school" and then "Apply or Check Application Status now."

  •  Non-Degree Seeking Student 


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    You are not seeking a degree from GCSC.

    Non-Degree seeking students are not required to submit transcripts for evaluation; however, if a course requires a prerequisite taken at another institution, proof of completion of such prerequisite is required for approval of registering for the course. Unofficial transcripts will suffice in order to determine if student has met the prerequisite. Official transcripts submitted for a student not pursuing a degree will not be evaluated, but will be kept in the student’s file. Financial Aid or veteran benefits will not be awarded to students not in a degree program.

  • Bachelor Degree Student


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    You have completed an Associate’s Degree and wish to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at GCSC.

  • F-1 International Student


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    You are a non-immigrant who wants to earn a degree.  All other Visa types use the “NEW” first time in college application.

    International students are required to meet certain admissions requirements before and I-20 can be submitted on their behalf. 

Denial of Admission

In accordance with Florida Statute 1001.64(8) (a), Gulf Coast State College may consider the past actions of any person applying for admission or enrollment and may deny admission or enrollment to an applicant because of misconduct if determined to be in the best interest of the college. Gulf Coast State College reserves the right to refuse admission or re-enrollment, or place conditions on admission or re-enrollment of applicants and students, who Gulf Coast State College determines would be disruptive of the orderly process of the college’s programs, which would interfere with the rights and privileges of other students or employees, and/or represent a safety risk to Gulf Coast students, employees or property.  Applicants/students have the right to appeal any decision to the Appeals Committee within seven calendar days of the date of notice.