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1500 N Verdugo Rd
Glendale, CA 91208-2894
p. 818-240-1000
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Glendale Community College

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Introduction

For California residents seeking a community college with a strong academic program that can prepare them to transfer to a four-year college, Glendale Community College (GCC) in the Los Angeles area is an excellent fit.

GCC provides educational services for more than 15,000 students, making it larger than many four-year colleges and universities in terms of student enrollment. The big campus provides students with a big university atmosphere, with the benefits of a community college, i.e. lower tuition costs.

Academics

The college offers more than 150 degree and career certificate programs. Career certification programs provide students with a quick credential they can use to polish up their resumes to make them more employable. These programs are particularly sought after by recently displaced workers, who quickly want to learn a more marketable skill. Some career certificate programs offered at GCC include fire academy, web development, real estate, and more.

Many programs are aimed at improving the English skills of Hispanic students who may need extra help in achieving their educational aspirations. The most popular majors include liberal arts, allied health and business and marketing majors.

However, a major source of pride at GCC are its science programs. The school has extensive science learning facilities intended to help students in their pursuit of further education. The college transfers more biology majors to UCLA than any other community college in the metro Los Angeles area.

All biology majors who finish their core courses at GCC and have a GPA of 3.2 or better have successfully gotten into UCLA, a leading biology program.

The college also offers a variety of other science programs, such as a field station in Baja California for marine science study. Students in the program can study the biologically diverse wildlife of the Sea of Cortez. The school also has a strong record of participation with NASA, having led all other community colleges in placements in the well-regarded NASA/JPL SIRI program.

Like many community colleges, this school has embraced the abilities of the Interent to make completing classwork more convenient for its non-traditional students, many of whom have career and family obligations that preclude a regular class schedule. GCC offers purely online classes, web-based classes and hybrid classes in a variety of subject areas. The convenience of these courses makes college accessible for many who otherwise would be unable or hard-pressed to achieve higher education.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Glendale has embraced environmentalism and has made efforts at sustainable buildings and practices. Solar cells located on top of the college’s parking building provide about 10 percent of the college’s power, lowering its utility bill, as well as its use of power derived from carbon-based resources.

Admissions

Glendale Community College has a fairly liberal admissions policy and is open to just about anyone with a high school diploma or GED. Students without these certificates may be admitted on a case by case basis. Students applying to the college should submit high school transcripts and standardized test scores. All new students will take a placement test to determine whether they will need to take remedial courses.   The college has a rolling admissions process, but students wishing to apply for fall admission should have their information submitted by April for financial aid purposes.   Some programs in the college do have a selective admissions process that takes into account things such as college GPA, prerequisite courses, etc. The college’s nursing program has a variety of prerequisites students must complete before being accepted. Students should consult with their adviser or the coordinator of the program concerning prerequisites.   This college does not charge an application fee.

Financial Aid

Students applying to GCC are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of California, the college and other organizations that students may be eligible for. More than 500 types of scholarships are offered by the college, but signing up early for scholarship opportunities is key to obtaining one as many are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.   Here’s a few examples of scholarships available:   The GCC Classified Scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrable financial need. The GCC Guild Award is given to students who have participated in community service projects. The William Striker Memorial scholarship is awarded to outstanding second-year botany students.

These are just a few of the scholarship opportunities available. Many of the programs here are science-based, as is appropriate considering the school’s emphasis on science.   The college’s office of financial aid also stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. The school’s website, has a helpful list of scholarships that students can use to see which awards they may be eligible for.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4335th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Like most community colleges, GCC does not offer campus housing. It does, however, offer a lifestyle fitness center, allowing students access to exercise and workout equipment and fitness classes. Part-time students taking career certificate courses make up the majority of the students, and a variety of clubs and student organizations are present on campus.

Clubs include professional and academic organizations, as well as special interest clubs such as the Snow Sports Club. In total, there are 50 student clubs and organizations on campus.

The college publishes a student newspaper, the El Vaquero. The college is also host to many interesting lectures and other events such as recent lectures on the Titanic and the science involved in chocolate-making.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Athletics

The school is a member of the NJCCA and participates in the California Community College Athletic Association and Western State Conference. Teams include men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, tennis and track and field; and women’s basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

The men’s football team has enjoyed some success in recent years, winning the U.S. Bank Beach Bowl in 2001, the Western State Bowl in 2006 and the Western State Conference Southern Division Championship in 2005. The men’s baseball team won Western State Conference championships in 1980, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2011. The women’s cross country team won the California Community College Cross Country Championship in 2009. The teams are nicknamed the Vaqueros and the school colors are crimson and gold.

Traditions

GCC has strong ties to its local community and works to serve their needs. The college has an extensive outreach program with local K-12 schools, offering many educational opportunities.

Local Community

Located in Glendale, Calif., a 200,000 person city that’s part of the metro Los Angeles area, Glendale Community College’s campus is in a suburban setting. Students can benefit from the proximity of L.A. for entertainment and cultural events. Students may also benefit from the many companies headquartered in Glendale, such as Nestle, Panda Security and Dreamworks SKG for internship and career opportunities.

This school offers a beautiful campus. The college sits on 100 acres near the San Rafael mountains, providing some gorgeous scenery for nature loving students.

Alumni

There is a long list of notable alumni, including actress Eva Mendes, NFL coach Andy Reid, actress Angie Dickinson, TV host Ryan Seacrest and television producer Dan Harmon, creator of the community college-based television show Community. Harmon has stated that community is partially based on his experiences in community college and represents, to some degree, the positive influence these institutions can have.

Faculty

Sid Kolpas is a nationally renowned faculty member whose expertise is in mathematics. Kolpas has won a National Science Foundation grant for his work with a student-led instruction program and has many published scholarly articles on mathematics.

Accreditation

GCC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits schools in California and Hawaii, as well as the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, and Northern Marianas Islands.

Information Summary

Ranks 150th in California and 2002nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 10 0.06
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 5 0.03
Arrest 14 0.08

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 136 0.07
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 14 0.01
Robbery 108 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 623 0.32
Larceny 2,506 1.29
Vehicle theft 323 0.17

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Glendale, CA 91208-2894
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population16,909 (15,197 urban / 1,712 rural)
Households6,524 (2.58 people per house)
Median Household Income$76,034
Families4,642 (3.11 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District628

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 4307th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,104 $1,104 $5,592
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $71 $71 $71
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $233
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $2,885 $2,885 $7,373
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,641 $16,641 $21,129
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $5,981 $5,981 $10,469

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $931 $1,175 $931 $1,175 $5,275 $5,519
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,864(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,854(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,114(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 34 4 140 74 1 404 36 703
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 3 8 3 55 1 71
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 42 42
Airline Flight Attendant 3 5 3 1 12
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 1 1 2
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 2 2
Architectural Technology/Technician 1 2 3
Art/Art Studies, General 1 4 5
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations 1 1
Banking and Financial Support Services 1 1 2
Biological and Physical Sciences 1 1 1 1 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 1 3
Business Administration and Management, General 2 8 10
Business/Commerce, General 2 8 6 32 5 53
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics 1 3 4
Child Care Provider/Assistant 3 5 15 24
Child Care and Support Services Management 1 1
Commercial and Advertising Art 1 1 2
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 1 2
Computer Science 1 1 2
Computer Support Specialist 1 1
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General 1 2 5 2 10
Criminal Justice/Police Science 9 2 7 1 20
Dance, General 2 2
Dance, Other 3 1 3 7
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Electrical/Electronics Drafting and Electrical/Electronics CAD/CADD 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 2 1 3 6
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 5 1 2 8
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management 3 2 2 8 16
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 4 1 1 6
Graphic Design 1 1 1 3
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other 11 1 12 3 27
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 2 10 12
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1 4 5
Information Technology 2 2 4
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 2 1 5
Journalism 1 2 3
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 12 3 33 50
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 1 8 2 11
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 1
Mathematics, General 2 1 1 4
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 1 4 1 31 1 39
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 19 1 21
Music, General 1 1
Photography 3 2 1 6
Physical Sciences 1 1
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design
Radio and Television 1 1 2
Real Estate 1 3 4
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 15 27 20 3 68
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Small Business Administration/Management 2 1 3
Social Sciences, General 2 2 18 5 24 6 57
Sociology 3 2 2 7
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5 1 2 1 9
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 9 16 1 26
Taxation 3 4
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 1 3 4
Welding Technology/Welder 1 2 3

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 713th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $80,213 ($82,920 male / $80,303 female)
Number of FT Faculty 239 (106 male / 133 female)
Number of PT Faculty 764
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $9,086,090
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