Admissions to Gulf Coast State College

Choosing which school or college to attend can be one of the biggest decisions of your life. But, once you’ve checked your options, talked with our Enrollment Services counselors and toured the campus, we’re confident that Gulf Coast State College will be among your top choices. Apply today.

Why choose Gulf Coast State College in Florida?


At Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida, you can choose from more than 150 accredited program options. Our programs are online, on campus, or a combination of both and are flexible to fit your life’s demands. Most of our programs lead to two-year associate degrees, but Gulf Coast’s programs range from a few hours for continuing education and enrichment programs to four-years for bachelor’s degree programs (longer if you need it).


Gulf Coast State College offers you some of the lowest tuition rates of all Florida colleges and universities and we help you financially. In the 2017-2018 academic year, Financial Aid awarded $13,044,504.16 of Financial Aid to 2,883 students which represent a little over 36% of our 2017-2018 student population. Learn how Gulf Coast’s financial aid and scholarship programs can make your degree even more affordable.


Graduates of Gulf Coast State College programs are sought after in Panama City and the Gulf and Franklin County regions. Top area employers fund scholarships, hire student interns and alumni, and provide feedback about Gulf Coast’s programs, which is why we offer so many high-tech vocational and training programs.

When you’re ready to start looking for a job, Gulf Coast’s Career Development Center will help you with your resume, job search, and connect you with job placement opportunities.


Many students are drawn to Gulf Coast because the staff and faculty feel like family. They want you to succeed and will help you through your academic journey, no matter what comes up along the way. Talk to an Enrollment Services counselor, learn about our Center for Advising and Success, and check out the benefits available to students through our confidential Counseling Center.


In addition to Gulf Coast State College’s main campus in Panama City, you can take courses at the Tyndall Air Force Base Education Center, the North Bay Campus in Southport, Florida, and the Gulf/Franklin Campus in Port St. Joe, Florida. Courses are also available online or partially online to fit your schedule. Visit our Welcome Center to plan a visit.

Ready to get started?

If you are a new student or wish to transfer, visit Gulf Coast State College’s admissions process page for detailed instructions. Then fill out the online application—available 24/7 for your convenience. Application deadlines vary throughout the year, so visit your program page for details.

If you are an international student interested in Gulf Coast State College, specific requirements for international student admissions is available to help you through the process.

Please contact the Gulf Coast Enrollment Services office if either of the following are true:

  • You are enrolled at another school but are visiting the Panama City, Florida area for a few months and would like to take a class at Gulf Coast State College (transient student).  Transient students from Florida public schools can apply online at FloridaShines.  All non-Florida transient students will submit a Gulf Coast State College application.           
  • You want to take a few classes without applying for a degree or certificate program (non-degree seeking student).

Not new to Gulf Coast State College?

If you are a returning student and have taken a class within the past 12 months or three semesters, you do not need to reapply, just visit our course schedule for the current course offerings.