Glendale Community College (Glendale, CA) was founded in 1927 and has been offering "over 85 years of Educational Excellence and Quality" during this time. Glendale College, or "GCC," is fully accredited by the regional accrediting body "WASC," and enrolls 16,000 students during any given Semester. The College also has an active and dynamic International Student Program department — enrolling 500 International students from over 50 countries. GCC has one of the highest "transfer rates" to four-year Universities within the California system of two-year community colleges. This system is ideal for International Students as it allows F-1 visa students to save time and money on their U.S. Undergraduate education programs. Please review this "Fact Sheet" page for more highlights and details on how to apply for successful Admission.
International Student Office
- Full-time professional staff with world-travel experience and multiple language skills.
- Full support for Admissions processing, evaluation, and successful enrollment.
- Full support services for academic counseling/class registration & immigration
- advising. "New Student Orientation" offered Fall & Spring Semesters.
- Programming activities both on-campus & off-campus with International Student Club. Active Student Govt. Association, along with clubs, events, and athletics.
- Off-Campus Housing & Host Family "Homestay" Placements
- Public, two-year college, coeducational.
- Enrollment: 15,000 students; includes 600 international students; 50 countries.
- Accreditation: WASC: Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
- Small-City setting (safe and friendly); 10 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.
- Degrees Offered: Associate in Arts, Associate in Science (60 units); Certificates. Full-time Credit ESL/Language Training is available for new students.
- Admission Requirements: High School Diploma completion; or “C” average (2.0 GPA) if transferring from U.S. college/university; personal essay statement.
- TOEFL requirement: 450; 45 on iBT exam. Or, IELTS British Council exam with minimum “band score” = 4.5.
- Tuition & Fees (Academic Year: 2016-17): $6,385. “Non-Resident” tuition = $205 per unit.
- Estimated Living Expenses (off campus, 10 months): $12,000.
- Academic Calendar: Semester system (16-week terms) and short-term “Sessions.” Fall Semester begins in early September; Spring Semester begins in mid-February; Winter Session begins in early January; Summer Session begins the end of June.
- Average class size: 25 to 30 students.
- Faculty and Instructors hold Master and Doctoral degrees.
- English as a Second Language program (with course credit) following admission to a degree program. Includes advanced instruction for grammar, writing, speaking and listening skills.
- Popular Majors Include Arts and Animation Design, Aviation (with Flight Attendant concentration), Business Administration, Communications, Culinary Arts, Computer Science/Information Systems, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Music, Nursing, Theatre, TV Production, Visual Arts. 75 total academic majors.
- Modern /high-tech campus located on the hillside of 100 acres with 18 permanent buildings.
Glendale Community College has served Glendale and the surrounding area since 1927 earning a strong reputation for academic excellence that meets the needs of a changing world. As a fully accredited institution, Glendale C.C. provides an exciting variety of academic, vocational, and short-term course programs. The College offers some 75 academic majors leading to the Associate degree, along with a wide selection of General Education courses - allowing students the opportunity to complete requirements for the first two years of college and then transfer to a university with full junior standing. This allows international students to save time and money on their education in the United States. International students at Glendale can arrange individual meetings with academic counselors who advise students on their academic plan, general orientation skills needed to succeed, and course registration as a full-time student (12 units per semester).
Admission Requirements for F-l Visa Students:
• Completed GCC International Application Form & App. Fee. • Official transcripts from High School & Diploma Cert, of Completion. • Official Bank Statement & Sponsorship Form (min. approx. $20,000 USD - Total costs per Academic Year). • TOEFL min. of 45 on iBT, or 450 paper. IELTS "band score" 4.5 min. • One-Page Essay/Personal Statement of education/career goals. Note: "Academic Credit ESL" Language Training admission without TOEFL or IELTS.
Other Highlights, Facts and Off-Campus Attractions:
• Flexible Admission and enrollment schedule for International students. • Small class sizes and dedicated faculty instructors. • Modern, High-Tech, campus with 22 computer labs, Science Center and digital, full-dome "Planetarium." • 75 Academic Majors for Associate Degrees and short-term Certificates. • Small-city/suburban setting in the City of Glendale; pop. of 200,000. • Very close to Glendale shopping centers, restaurants, parks, entertainment. • Safe & convenient location - 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles; 10 miles from Hollywood Studios. Beach communities & coastline 25 miles. • Off-campus housing placements via "Homestay' Host Family co., "ISP." • Active Student Clubs, Student Government Association and Athletic Teams for both men & women: Football, Soccer, Track & Field, Tennis, Golf, Volleyball, Baseball, Softball, Basketball along with intramural sports. • Transfer Center for special counseling to universities, information seminars, "Transfer Fairs" each Semester and workshops. • "Credit ESL" English program and "Conditional Admission Letter" for new students. The program can enroll new students in Associate Degree programs or Language Training studies first Semester.
Location And Climate
Glendale Community College is located in the City of Glendale, a safe and suburban residential community about ten miles (or 20 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles. With a blend of the modern and traditional, Glendale College offers a scenic hillside campus on the slopes of the San Rafael Mountains overlooking the valleys in Glendale and parts of the Los Angeles skyline. The campus consists of 100 acres and 18 buildings, including the new "Science Center" complex with Planetarium, and the newly-remodeled Student Center/Bookstore, Cafeteria, and Culinary Arts facility. Other services and amenities include a renovated library, various computer labs, student health center, transfer center, math/science center, advanced technology center, an auditorium for the performing arts, student art exhibits, fitness center and athletic track. The City of Glendale has a population of 200,000 residents. The Southern California climate is generally a temperate and warm climate year round with average temperatures ranging from 15° Celsius in the winter months to 35° Celsius in the summer.
International Student Life
All new international students are required to attend a special orientation prior to the Fall and Spring semesters. Students are encouraged to arrive at least two weeks before the start of semester classes for special advising, testing, and academic course planning. Students are welcomed by the President of the College, various faculty, staff, admissions personnel, and health insurance representatives. Students are provided detailed instructions and assistance in the registration process. All relevant immigration regulations and procedures are explained in detail. English placement testing is available for those students who were not able to take the test before orientation. Off-campus housing information is made available for students interested in apartments, roommate placement, or perhaps living with a host American family. The international student population at Glendale is an active and integral part of the College community. Cultural and social highlights include the International Students Association related to student government, and the annual "International Week" in the spring - complete with a fashion show, world music, cultural exhibits, food fair, and dinner dance. The International Office also promotes various "field trips" to local attractions around Southern California.