The college offers credit and non-credit courses. Credit courses are designed to apply toward a degree; however, you may enroll in credit courses without seeking a degree. Non-credit courses are designed to meet the needs of citizens in the community.
Admission STEPs for College Credit Courses
Complete an application for admission
Pay non-refundable application fee and submit your application
Order high school, GED and previous college transcript(s)
All official transcripts must arrive from institution to institution. Hand carried
transcripts will not be accepted.
Please see the Transcript Request form for delivery options.
Gulf Coast State College
Office of Admissions and Records
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
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. 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. 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 College Preparatory Testing exemption visit Advising. Please visit Testing to access the current CPT testing dates and times.
If you are a first time in college student, you are required to attend orientation before registering for classes. Go to New Student Orientation to register.
Meet with an academic adviser
Academic Advisors provide guidance to new, continuing and returning students. All First Time In College students are required to meet with an academic advisor. The Advising Center is located on the 2nd floor of the J.R. Asbell Building.
Refer to the Academic Calendar for important dates including open registration, tuition and fee due dates, class start and end dates, and more!