Glendale Community College (GCC)

1500 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA

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Glendale Community College, located in Glendale, California, was founded in 1927 as Glendale Junior College, serving residents of Glendale, La Crescenta and Tujunga. The school began conducting classes at Glendale Union High School for its first two years, eventually moving to a the Harvard Plant of the Glendale Union High School District, remaining there until 1937. A new location was completed and the school moved to its new home, in the San Rafael Mountains overlooking the city of Glendale. During this period of time the Glendale Union High School District was dissolved, replaced by the Glendale Unified School District which maintained the school until 1970, where it became part of the Glendale Junior College District. One year later, the overseeing body's name was changed to Glendale Community College District. Over the years the school has grown, where the original 25 acres of the permanent home is now over 100 acres, with a large number of buildings facilities in place to assist the over 35,000 students that partake of school programs and services each year.


Glendale Community College offers a large number of programs resulting in associate degrees or certificates, allowing students to choose a path and program that suits their interests the most. Academic transfer programs assist students in obtaining a bachelor degree by fulfilling the freshman and sophomore years of a four year education, facilitating transfer to a four year institution upon completion, particularly public institutions in the state of California. Career training programs provide individuals with skills and knowledge necessary to enter the workforce immediately after graduation as professionals. These programs award a certificate or degree signifying that the individual is qualified to obtain an entry level position in his or her field of study and generally take between one and two years to complete.

Programs offered include:

Continuing education and non-credit courses are also available for individuals who wish to return to school for personal or professional interests. These courses cost less than credit courses and do not necessarily require admission to take.

Admissions and Financial Aid

As an open enrollment institution Glendale Community College admits all students who meet the minimum requirements for acceptance. Students should complete the application for admission, submitting it online or in person, and providing all transcripts and standardized test scores. Students should meet with an academic advisor or counselor to determine which program they wish to enroll in and to make a plan for the student's academic or professional future. Registration is shortly before the start of a semester, with tuition due shortly thereafter.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships. Individuals in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine need, eligibility and awards. CalGrants are also available to residents of California, given either for need or academic excellence. Students may be asked to provide additional financial information prior to the disbursement of funds in order to ensure informational accuracy. Scholarships are given for academic excellence, though external scholarships are available which are awarded for a variety of reasons and each requiring its own application.

Clubs and Organizations

Glendale Community College is home to a large number of clubs and organizations dedicated to promoting and developing ideas central to the clubs purpose. Individuals are encouraged to join or visit such clubs in order to explore interests and meet likeminded individuals. Clubs may deal with social issues, academics, cultural development, or simply focus on a given interest. Such clubs and organizations allow students to form bonds with one another outside of a classroom setting through similar interests. Such bonds are often strong, lasting long after the students have left the school. Students may also petition to form their own club if one does not exist that reflects their interests.

Clubs and organizations at GCC include:

  • Armenian Student Association
  • Ace of Spades
  • Chess Club
  • Alpha Gamma Sigma
  • Speech and Debate Team

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $3,800. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $1,100-$1,300
    • Out-of-State: $5,800-$6,941
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $46-$55 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $240-$290 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid70%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships69%$5,437
Receiving Student Loans2%$3,522

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Glendale Community College may provide services including:

  • Online course work available
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Child care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often times offer both career training courses and curriculum to help students transfer out to a 4-year college or university, that is why we include how this school compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in Los Angeles County and community colleges in California in total.

 GCCLos Angeles CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate19.3%22.2%24.3%
Transfer-out Rate13.2%12.0%13.8%

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Precision Production


Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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