Great Basin College

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Great Basin College
Former names
Elko College
Northern Nevada College
TypePublic college
Established1967; 54 years ago (1967)
Parent institution
Nevada System of Higher Education
Academic affiliations
PresidentJoyce Helens
Location, ,
United States
ColorsGreen and gold   
MascotBighorn Sheep
Main Campus - Elko

Great Basin College is a public college in Elko, Nevada. Opened in 1967 as Elko College, it was later renamed to Northern Nevada College and then to its current name.[1] It has 3,836 students and 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.[1][2]


The college offers baccalaureate and associate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. It offers bachelor's degrees, Associate of Applied Science degrees, certificates, and short-term training programs.[2]


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.[3]


  1. ^ a b Greenhaw, Charles. "History of the College". Great Basin College. Archived from the original on January 29, 2005. Retrieved October 15, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Great Basin College in Elko, Nevada". Cappex. Retrieved October 15, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Great Basin College Campuses". Great Basin College. Retrieved October 15, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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