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Great Basin College
Former names
Elko Community College
Northern Nevada Community College
PresidentJoyce Helens
Location, ,
ColorsGreen and Gold         
Affiliations Nevada System of Higher Education
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
MascotBighorn Sheep
Main Campus - Elko

Great Basin College is a college in Elko, Nevada. Opened in 1967 as "Elko Community College", it was later renamed to "Northern Nevada Community College" and then to its current name. [1] It has 3,836 students. It is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education.


After its opening in 1967, the college joined the University of Nevada system in August 1969. Formerly, hopes for a college in Elko were fading in the spring of 1968 until a $250,000 donation was received from reclusive Las Vegas billionaire Howard Hughes. The gift was announced by Nevada Governor Paul Laxalt, who was heading the list of dignitaries, at an emotionally charged assembly of supporters at the Commercial Hotel. [2] [3]


The college offers baccalaureate and associate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. It offers four year Bachelor's Degrees in English, elementary and secondary education, applied science, land surveying, nursing, and integrated studies. It offers Associate of Applied Science degrees in the areas of business, computer office technology, criminal justice, early childhood education, industrial technology, land surveying and nursing.

Additionally, as a comprehensive college, the institution provides instruction and training for students interested in career and technical education or those on an academic track towards an advanced degree. Certificate programs and short-term training programs also exist in several business, secretarial/administrative assistant and industrial arts fields. [3]


Clock tower at the Main Campus

Great Basin College has its main campus in Elko, in northeastern Nevada. Great Basin College covers 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties.

Residence halls are available at the Elko campus. Branch campuses also serve the communities of Battle Mountain, Ely, Pahrump, and Winnemucca. Satellite centers are located in nearly 20 communities across rural Nevada. [4]


  1. ^ Greenhaw, Charles. "History of the College". Great Basin College. Archived from the original on January 29, 2005. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  2. ^ Greenhaw, Charles. "History of the College". Great Basin College. Archived from the original on January 29, 2005. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Great Basin College in Elko, Nevada". Cappex. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  4. ^ "Great Basin College Campuses". Great Basin College. Retrieved October 15, 2010.

GREAT BASIN COLLEGE Latitude and Longitude:

40°50′33″N 115°46′02″W / 40.842619°N 115.767156°W / 40.842619; -115.767156