Glendale Community College - California

Glendale Community College (GCC) is one of the most frequently searched colleges in America, according to a recent internet keyword search of United States colleges.

There are two Glendale Community Colleges: One in Glendale, Arizona, and the other in Glendale, California. This page is about GCC of California. For GCC of Arizona, visit the link shown below. 

GCC of California is a public two year community college, established in 1927. The current enrollment is more than 25,000 undergraduate students. The school offers both credit and non credit courses. 

GCC is one of 114 colleges in the California Community Colleges System.

Notable alumni of GCC include actor Glenn Corbett, actress Angie Dickinson, actress Eva Mendez, MLB pitcher Marco Estrada, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Cathy Ferguson, and Marian Cleeves Diamond, one of the founders of modern neuroscience. 

The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Western Association of Schools and Colleges

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Glendale community College Q&A

Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about GCC of California.

1. Where is Glendale Community College?

GCC has three locations, all located in or near Glendale, California. The physical and mailing address of the main campus of GCC is: 


1500 N. Verdugo Road

Glendale, California


The physical address of the Garfield campus of GCC is


1122 East Garfield Avenue

Glendale, California


The address of the Montrose Professional Development Center is 

Montrose Professional Development Center


2340 Honolulu Avenue

Montrose, California


The city of Glendale is situated roughly 10 miles north of Los Angeles. Montrose is located about five miles northwest of Glendale. 

Above: Another shot of the beautiful GCC campus

2. What types of degrees are offered at Glendale Community College?

GCC has many transfer, degree, career, and certificate programs to choose from. The college offers all kinds of two year Associate degrees and vocational certificates. 

3. What courses and programs are offered at Glendale Community College?

Students enrolled at GCC can choose from many majors. Here is a list of some of the school's Associate degree programs:

  • Animation
  • Aviation
  • Culinary Arts
  • Hospitality Manegement
  • Medical Administrative Services
  • Nutrition
  • Transportation

Here is a list of all the academic divisions and departments at GCC:

  • Accounting
  • Animation
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Aviation
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Office Technology 
  • Ceramics
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling (substance abuse)
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Electronics
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Engineering Technology
  • English
  • ESL
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Fire Technology
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Justice Administration
  • Kinesiology
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Oceanography
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Real Estate
  • Social Science
  • Sociology 
  • Studio Arts
  • Theater Arts
  • Welding

Shown above: A concert on the campus of GCC

Shown above: A wide angle view of the charming, Spanish-style architecture on the GCC campus


4. Who should attend Glendale Community College?

Anyone who lives in the greater Los Angeles area, and is interested in studying any of the above subjects, would benefit from attending GCC. 

5. Why attend Glendale Community College?

Here are just a few good reasons to enroll at GCC:

  • For students who plan on attending four year colleges, GCC offers transfer credits to various California universities. 
  • GCC professional certificate programs are designed to prepare students for the job market. 
  • For optimal convenience, GCC offers a flexible blend of traditional, hybrid, and online credit courses, as well as many non credit classes. 
  • GCC has a great number of classes and programs to choose from. 
  • The tuition at GCC is discounted for California residents. 

6. How much does it cost to enroll at Glendale Community College?

According to the most recently posted tuition rates on the GCC website, the cost of tuition and fees to enroll is:

  • $46 per unit for California residents
  • $281 per unit for out of state residents, including international students.

Other fees may also apply, such as health services fees, student services fees, ID card fees, student activity fees, and others.

Financial aid may be available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work study programs, to help students pay for their educations at GCC. 

Above: The Science Center / Planetarium at GCC


7. How long does it take to earn a degree from Glendale Community College?

For full time students at GCC, it takes about two years to earn an Associate's degree, but may take a shorter time to earn a professional certificate. 

However, approximately 65 percent of students at GCC attend the school part time. In these cases, students take however long they decide to take to complete the necessary courses. 

8. What is the Glendale Community College campus like?

The main campus is set on 100 acres on the slopes of the San Rafael Hills, and is home to at least 15 buildings.

There is no on-campus student housing offered at GCC. 

Notable campus features include a brand new student services building that opened in February of 2018. 

The school colors are cardinal and gold. The athletic teams at GCC are called the Vaqueros. Intercollegiate sports for men and women at GCC include

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Other on-campus student activities include an Armenian Students Association, an Art club, an Aviation club, a Black Student Union, a Dance club, a Film club, a Gamer's club, an International Student Association, and a student newspaper called El Vaquero, among dozens of other campus clubs and organizations. 

Above: The Sierra Vista building is the newest architectural development at GCC.


Above: The Garfield campus of GCC


9. What is the Glendale Community College neighborhood like?

Within walking distance of the main campus are the GCC bookstore and several places to eat. Other nearby attractions include Stengel Field, Kirby Canyon, and Verdugo Skate Park.

Within just a few miles of the GCC main campus are the Los Angeles Zoo, the Griffith Park Planetarium, Dodger Stadium, the Hollywood Bowl, and several apartment complexes.  

The Garfield campus has a market and quite a few eateries within walking distance. They are located just south of the campus along Chevy Chase Drive. 

The Montrose Professional Development Center is also situated conveniently near a number of shops, many restaurants, several banks, and a Trader Joe's. 

Public transportation leaves much to be desired. A car may be useful around this area, although it is not essential. 

Above: GCC against a backdrop of the city of Glendale, California


10. What are the distance learning options at Glendale Community College?

GCC features a variety of fully accredited online courses. Students take online classes through a Learning Management System called Canvas.

Here is a list of some of the upcoming, fully accredited, fully online courses at GCC:

  • Accounting
  • Administration of Justice
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Business Administration
  • Child Development
  • Computer Concepts
  • Computers & Information Systems
  • Dance History
  • Economics
  • Engineering (Industrial)
  • English
  • ESL
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Fire Science & Technologies
  • Geography
  • Health Administration
  • History
  • Kinesiology
  • Mass Communications
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Microsoft Office Applications
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Programming Languages 
  • Psychology
  • Real Estate
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech Studies
  • Student Development
  • Theater
  • Web Design
  • Web Technology

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Above: Clean & classy apartments near GCC


11. What is the contact information for Glendale Community College?

You can reach the main campus office at GCC by calling 818-240-1000.

To reach the Garfield campus of GCC, call 818-243-3184. 

To contact the Montrose Professional Development Center, call 818-957-0024. 

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