Great Bay Community College

277 Portsmouth Avenue 
Stratham NH 3885 

(603) 775-2215

Great Bay Community College

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Great Bay Community College
Type Public
Established 1945
President Will Arvelo
Students 2,217
Location Portsmouth, NH, USA
Campus Urban
Colors Gold and Blue
Athletics Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC)
United States College Athletic Association (USCAA)
Mascot Heron

Great Bay Community College (GBCC) is a public two-year community college in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States. The college is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The main campus is at 320 Corporate Drive in Portsmouth (in the Pease International Tradeport area), and an additional campus is located at 5 Milton Road in Rochester, New Hampshire.


The college was founded in 1945 as the State Trade School of Portsmouth. In 1949, it was renamed "New Hampshire Technical Institute - Portsmouth". The current name derives from nearby Great Bay, the largest tidal estuary in New Hampshire. The college has changed its name several times:[1]

1949 New Hampshire Technical Institute - Portsmouth
1961 New Hampshire Vocational Technical Institute - Portsmouth
1969 New Hampshire Vocational Technical College - Portsmouth
1989 New Hampshire Technical College - Stratham
1995 New Hampshire Technical College - Manchester/Stratham
2005 New Hampshire Technical College - Stratham
2008 Great Bay Community College


Great Bay Community College provides accessible, student-centered, quality higher education programs for a diverse population of students seeking career, degree or transfer opportunities. A strong commitment to lifelong learning is reflected in our policies, programs and activities. We will continue our strong tradition of providing education in the sciences, career and technical programs as well as in the liberal arts. We endeavor to promote economic development through community engagement and workforce development for the region.

Associate Degree Programs

Certificate Programs

  • Accounting
  • Advanced Composite Manufacturing (Rochester Campus)
  • Applied Career Fundamentals for Advanced Manufacturing (Rochester Campus)
  • Biotechnology
  • Biotechnology Advanced Certificate
  • Digital Design & Animation
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Education Advanced Certificate
  • Event/Meeting Planning Management
  • Homeland Security
  • Hotel/Restaurant Management
  • Information Systems Technology
  • Linux
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Medical Office Administrative
  • Practical Data Science
  • Programming
  • Spa Management
  • Software Development Technology
  • Teacher Preparation Special Education
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Veterinary Practice Management
  • Welding (located at Seacoast School of Technology)

Specialized accreditation

  • Business programs - Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • Nursing - National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), full accreditation; New Hampshire Board of Nursing and Nurse Registration, full accreditation
  • Surgical Technology - Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
  • Veterinary Technology - Committee on Veterinary Technology Education and Activities (AVMA-CVTEA)[2]


Students have the opportunity to experience success in the classroom and take advantage of a wide range of activities to further enhance life skills. The college offers 30 clubs and organizations in which you can get involved.

  • Cru
  • Gaming
  • Student Nursing Association
  • Hospitality
  • International
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • S.T.E.M
  • Student Government Association
  • Student Veterans' Organization
  • Surgical Technology
  • History
  • Veterinary Technology


The college's athletic teams, the Herons, compete in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. GBCC is a member of the Yankee Small College Conference. The school's official colors are blue and gold. The school mascot is a heron.


As of fall 2014 semester, the college has 2,217 students enrolled. The college is 92% in-state students and 8% out-of-state students. 60% are female and 40% are male, with a median age of 23. Great Bay Community College serves:

  • High school students taking college courses through Running Start, Early College, and Estart.
  • Traditional students just graduating from high school.
  • Adult student career changers, career advancers, displaced workers, adults seeking career counseling and training to accomplish their goals.
  • Business community through customized short term training.
  • College graduates seeking career training/retraining.

Rochester campus

In May 2012, Great Bay Community College opened the Advanced Technology & Academic Center (ATAC) in Rochester to offer traditional academic programs as well as a certificate program in Advanced Composites Manufacturing. ATAC is the largest single project under the statewide Advanced Manufacturing Partnership in Education initiative formed by the Community College System of New Hampshire under the federal TAACCCT-NH grant, with a $19.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration. The Northeast Economic Developers Association named Great Bay Community College's Advanced Technology & Academic Center "Project of the Year" on September 8, 2014, at its annual conference. The award recognizes major economic development projects based on job creation, capital investment, leveraging of development resources, use of public/private and/or intergovernmental partnerships and benefits to the surrounding community and/or environment.[3] John Ratzenberger, actor and advocate for advanced manufacturing, was a featured speaker at the 2014 Distinguished Leaders Awards and praised Great Bay Community College for their work.[4]

Transfer and articulation agreements

As a comprehensive community college, Great Bay has developed partnerships with public and private four-year institutions both in and out of New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Transfer Connections Program allows students to start their education at Great Bay Community College in the Liberal Arts program and transfer to any of the University System of New Hampshire colleges or universities, including a dual admission program with the University of New Hampshire.[4] Those include Plymouth State University, Granite State College, Keene State College, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. Great Bay Community College students have also successfully transferred courses into the following colleges:

Sources: Google Maps, The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Wikipedia, Yahoo! Answers

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