Great Basin College enriches people's lives by providing student-centered, post-secondary education to rural Nevada. Educational, cultural, and related economic needs of the multicounty service area are met through programs of university transfer, applied science and technology, business and industry partnerships, developmental education, community service, and student support services in conjunction with certificates and associate and select baccalaureate degrees.
GBC is a comprehensive community college that provides educational opportunities to over 3,800 students across 86,500 square miles, in ten of Nevada's largest counties bordering five states. The main campus in Elko is home to an educational community that attracts students interested in a residential college experience. Satellite facilities are located in over a dozen communities across the college's service area.
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This is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for transfer realted topics.
In most cases, the online application for admission is processed within 24-48 hours. You will receive both email and written confirmation. When you apply, please make sure that you enter your email address correctly, as all future communication will be via e-mail.
Transcript evaluation times vary. Please take into account that the month preceding each semester, and the months when degrees are posted, are particularly busy. We strive to do the evaluation within two to four weeks, but appreciate receiving transcripts as early as possible. If you completed a degree at your previous institution, please ask that the transcript be sent after your degree has been posted on the transcript.
Applicants from regionally accredited institutions are granted credit for completed courses that are applicable to your declared major. The Nevada System of Higher Education mandates that we charge an Excess Credit Fee for students who have taken over 150% of the credits necessary to complete their declared degree, so we try to limit the articulations to relevant courses.
If the transfer course does not have a direct equivalency to a GBC course, it will receive the LELC (lower-division elective) or UELC (upper-division elective) designation with the appropriate departmental prefix.
You Credits are generally awarded for courses that are applicable to the declared GBC degree and are completed at regionally accredited institutions. If you completed work at an institution that was not regionally accredited (see below), you may not receive credit for that work. If you took a course elsewhere that was remedial/developmental, it will not be articulated unless it will be helpful as a prerequisite for a college-level course.
Accreditation is an evaluation process for colleges and universities. The Nevada System of Higher Education institutions all have regional accreditation, considered by most as the ‘gold standard’ of accreditation. As a result, GBC can generally only articulate courses taken at another regionally accredited institution.
Following are the regional accrediting associations recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA):
We will waive the lower division general education requirements for your GBC bachelor’s degree (or a second associate’s degree). There may be, however, some specific lower division program and prerequisite requirements that you will still need to complete. These can be minimized by closely following our Transfer Articulation Agreements while attending your original NSHE community college.
There are cases in which we may be able to do course substitutions or waivers based on your transfer classes, even if they are not exact equivalents of the GBC courses. This process can be initiated by your advisor, a department chair, or the Admissions & Records Office, depending upon the situation. Please feel free to raise the question and be prepared to provide additional documentation (such as a course syllabus) if you feel that your transfer credits should be applied differently. This most frequently occurs with courses brought in as LELC or UELC (see What does it mean if my courses are evaluated as MATH LELC or MATH UELC?).
The approved substitute course must be evaluated as a direct equivalent of the prerequisite course to allow online registration. When that is not the case, and you are trying to enroll through your MyGBC Student Center, the system will not recognize that you have essentially completed the prerequisite. In this situation, you can contact the Admissions & Records Office for help.
Yes, the credits can transfer at least as general elective credit. However, in areas of study in which the subject matter changes rapidly, such as Computer Technology and Education, material in courses taken long before graduation may become obsolete and thus the courses may not be applicable to the desired degree. Contact the relevant academic department for further explanation.
Reverse transfer is a process that allows a student to receive a degree from Great Basin College even after leaving GBC to attend another institution. This is most likely to occur if you are close to a GBC degree, but before finishing those final classes, transfer to another college. By working with a GBC advisor, you can carefully select courses at your second institution that will meet the requirements of your GBC degree. Even if you feel you are no longer interested in your original degree, you may later wish you had taken advantage of a reverse transfer. Once you have completed the final requirements, just send your latest transcript to GBC and apply for graduation.
We do not have a transfer application deadline. However, we recommend planning as far ahead as possible so that there are no last minute problems with financial aid, transcript evaluations, admission to courses, etc.
Yes. You will find specifics on test credit awarded on the basis of these exams in the GBC Catalog and on our website. Test credits will be posted on your record only after official scores have been received directly from the testing agency.
Great Basin College, the University of Nevada at Reno, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and Nevada State College all have transfer agreements for each of their bachelor’s degrees. These agreements will help you select the courses at your community college that will also meet the requirements of your intended bachelor’s degree. Be sure to take advantage of these transfer agreements while simultaneously working with an advisor.
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Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 3,800 students are enrolled online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. We are GBC!
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