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The telephone extension of each service is listed. THE COLLEGE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS  (818) 240-1000 . Dial the extension of the office you wish to reach, or ask the operator.


Admissions and Records Office Ext. 5910

The Admissions and Records office has many functions. It is responsible for applications for admissions, permanent academic records, grade reports, transcript evaluations, Breadth and IGETC certifications, student academic petitions and registration.

Academic Renewal

Process by which a student may petition GCC to eliminate previous substandard work from grade point calculation and credit. For details on how a student may qualify, refer to the GCC Catalog.

Adding a Class

To add an open class, log into MyGCC. If the class is closed, you must attend the first class meeting to obtain a "permission number" from the instructor to add the class. Once you have the permission number, log into MyGCC and add the class. Admissions and Records: Ext. 5910

Adult Re-entry Center: Ext. 5446

The Adult Re-entry Center services are designed to meet the needs of a new or returning adult student. Information is available regarding registration, child care, special classes, tutorial assistance and financial resources.

Advanced Placement Credit

Credit for Advanced Placement exams varies from college to college. Although GCC will award credit for Advanced Placement scores of 3 or higher towards an AA/AS degree and scores of 4 or higher for certification on the Breadth and IGETC, the policy may be different at the college to which the student intends to transfer. All students must consult with a counselor prior to GCC awarding Advanced Placement credit.

Articulated Classes

Those GCC courses which are parallel to, or essentially the same as, those of another institution. Check the College Catalog to see which classes are articulated with CSU, UC and some private institutions.

Assessment Center: Ext. 5329

To assist students in selecting appropriate courses to meet a student's academic goal, the college requires an assessment of a student's skills. These tests, which include mathematics, grammar and reading are used with other information, such as high school and previous college transcripts, to determine eligibility for specific courses.

Associate in Arts/Science Degree (A.A./A.S.)
Associate in Arts-Transfer/Science-Transfer (AA-T/AS-T)

The graduation degrees issued by GCC for completing a minimum of 60 semester units with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. The requirements include general education and a major field of study or a certificate of completion.

Associated Students of Glendale Community College (ASGCC)

The ASGCC is the official student governing body that determines budgetary expenditures, establishes and reviews policies and coordinates programs and services that benefit students. The fee is $10 a semester and enables students to participate in activities, programs and services financed by the ASGCC.


Glendale Community College is a member of the Western State Conference, and offers a comprehensive and competitive intercollegiate athletic program for men and women. GCC men's teams are represented by baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, soccer, tennis and track and field. GCC women's teams are represented by basketball, cross-country, softball, soccer, volleyball, tennis and track and field.

Attendance and Drop Policy

Students are expected to attend all class meetings. It is the student's responsibility to know the attendance and absence policy of his/her instructors. An instructor may drop a student from a course for absences and/or irregular attendance, or for failure to attend all meetings in the first week of instruction. It is the student's responsibility to officially drop a course within established deadlines. Failure to officially drop a course may result in a failing grade.


Bachelor of Arts/Science Degree (B.A./B.S.)

Degrees awarded by a four-year college or university upon satisfactory completion of an organized program, usually requiring two full years of study after transfer from Glendale Community College.

Bookstore: Telephone  (818) 242-1561  Ext. 5694

The College Bookstore carries textbooks, reference books, art and school supplies, emblematic clothing and sundries. A buyback service for textbooks is provided during finals week.


CalWORKS: Ext. 5508

CalWORKS is a program designed for students who are receiving public assistance. Qualifying students receive child care assistance, employment assistance and assistance with books and supplies.

Career Center: Ext. 5407

The Career Center provides individualized counseling as well as workshops, and career search courses. A computerized career search program, interest surveys and personality indicators can be administered and evaluated by a career counselor who can give you professional insight in choosing a career.

Center for Students with Disabilities (DSPS)

The primary objective of the Center for Students with Disabilities is to integrate and mainstream qualified disable students into general campus programs and activities to the greatest extent possible. Resources include: specialized counseling and classes, interpreters for the deaf, note takers, mobility aides, assistance with registration, individualized testing and use of the computerized High Tech Center.

Certificate of Completion/Certificate Program

Glendale Community College offers certificate programs in the area of vocational education. A minimum of 18 units with a grade of C or better in an approved course of study is required to complete a certificate. Refer to the College Catalog for the list of approved certificates.

Certification (CSU Breadth and IGETC)

A process whereby GCC verifies that a student transferring to any of the CSU or UC campuses has completed the lower-division general education requirements. A student requests certification at the time of transfer.

Child Development Center: Ext. 5665

The Child Development Center is an accredited, on-campus laboratory which provides a developmental preschool program for children from toddler to 5 years of age. In addition, our preschool provides the opportunity for classroom and lab study of preschool children by GCC students.

Clubs and Organizations: Ext. 5695

Students are encouraged to participate and plan an active role in campus life by joining a student club or organization. Supervised by the Office of Student Affairs, more than thirty clubs and organizations give students an opportunity to explore specialized interests and serve the campus community. Additional information about campus clubs and organizations is available in the Office of Student Affairs located in the Campus Center.

College Catalog

The college publication describing academic programs, student services, general regulations, requirements and procedures. All classes offered by the college are described, including information as to unit value, transferability and prerequisites. The catalog is available at the Admissions Office and the Bookstore.


A condition of enrollment consisting of a course a student is required to take simultaneously in order to enroll in another course. 

Counseling: Ext. 5918

Professional counseling services are available to all students. Counselors assist students with exploring career, educational, and personal goals and planning a program of studies that fulfills the educational requirements to meet those goals. Counselors will help you complete a Student Educational Plan, answer questions about any course offered at Glendale Community College, and offer courses to help you succeed in your college career and through out your life.


All the classes offered by the college or classes offered in a particular subject.


Directory Information

In accordance with federal and state law, Glendale Community College will make available upon request certain "directory information". This information consists of student's name, e-mail address, major field of study, honors , degrees and awards, and dates of attendance. If a student prefers not to disclose information for use in the Directory they must go to the Office of Admissions and Records to fill out the appropriate paperwork.

Dismissal (Academic)

Students are subject to academic dismissal if their cumulative GPA is less than 2.0 in all units attempted for three consecutive semesters.

Dismissal (Progress)

Students who have been placed on progress probation shall be subject to dismissal if the percentage of units in which the students have been enrolled and for which entries of W, INC, or NC are recorded for three consecutive semesters reaches or exceeds 50 percent.



Courses that are not required for general education or a particular major or certificate, but are taken by the student for personal interest or unit credit.

El Vaquero - Campus Newspaper: Ext. 5214

The El Vaquero is the campus newspaper, and it is published by the Journalism Department. The paper covers campus highlights, current events and the college athletic department.

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services: Ext. 5900

The Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) provides programs and services designed to afford economically disadvantaged students the opportunity to participate fully in the educational programs of the College. EOPS is a state funded program, and the specific responsibilities of EOPS is to develop programs, services, techniques, and activities that are in addition to traditional college programs.


General Education Requirements

A specific group of course requirements, usually outside and in addition to the student's major, that must be met in order to obtain an associate or bachelor's degree.

Good Standing

Students are considered to be in good standing who have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher for all course work attempted.

Grades, Grade Points, and Grade Point Average (GPA)

The instructor is the final authority on the assignment of grades. Accomplishment in course work is indicated by the following symbols and point values:

Grade or Symbol Meaning Grade Points per Semester Unit
A Superior 4
B Better Than Average 3
C Average 2
D Passing, Less than Satisfactory 1
F Failing 0
P Pass 0
NP No Pass 0
I Incomplete 0
W Withdrawal 0

The grade point average (GPA) is computed by dividing the total grade points earned by the total number of units attempted. For example, if in any given semester the number of grade points earned is 36 and the total number of units attempted is 12, then the GPA is 3.0.


Health Center: Ext. 5909

The Health Center is open Monday through Friday and is located on the first floor of the San Rafael Building. Daily services include blood pressure screening, vision screening and hearing tests, tetanus, measles-mumps-rubella immunizations and assistance with health/insurance questions. A registered nurse is available for health assessment, first aid and crisis counseling. No appointment is necessary for these services. Furthermore, TB skin testing and anonymous HIV testing occur on selected dates during the semester. Students may schedule appointments with physicians, nurse practitioners and mental health interns. All services are confidential. All services are paid for through the Student Health Fee except some laboratory work.


IGETC - Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum

Completion of all the requirements in the IGETC will permit a student to transfer from GCC to a campus in either the California State University or the University of California system without the need to take additional lower-division general education courses.

Identification Card (ID Card)

A student's Glendale Community College identification card with picture and ID number. The ID card is used on and off campus: On campus for check writing, library services and entrance to the computer labs; and off campus for student discounts.

Incomplete (INC)

Grades of Incomplete may only be given when an unforseen emergency prevents a student from completing work in a course. The Incomplete grade must be removed by the end of the sixth week of instruction after the beginning of the next semester. The student will receive a final grade when the work stipulated by the instructor has been completed and evaluated or when the time limit for completing the work has expired.

International Students Program: Ext. 5439

Provides visa-related services, academic counseling, social events and referrals on and off campus to international students.


Learning Center: Ext. 5333

The Learning Center is well equipped and professionally staffed providing various tools to increase student's academic success. There are videos, CD-ROM programs and computer-assisted instruction in specific skill areas. In addition, an instructor may place specific materials in the Center to be used by a student for a particular course.

Library: Ext. 5586

The library is available for study and research. It contains books, reference materials, computerized access to the internet, and magazines and newspapers. Computer labs, group study rooms and copy machines are available in the library for student use.

Lower Division

Refers to course work normally taken in the first two years of college at the freshman and sophomore levels.



A group or series of courses selected by the student. A major is designed to provide intensive education or training in a specialized area.


A process designed to enhance access and promote student success at California community colleges.


MyGCC is a private website available to GCC students after they have applied for admission and have received a student ID number. Log on to MyGCC from home, or from any computer with an Internet connection. Go to mygcc.glendale.edu 24/7. Enter your Student ID and Password, and access a wide range of information, most of it personalized. Students are responsible for activating their college issued email address and monitoring their MyGCC student portal. All official correspondence from the college will be sent to your college issued email address.

MyGCC provides students with their current and previous class schedules, registration information, student e-mail, financial aid information, and course history, including grades. Students can also change their mailing address through MyGCC. Through links, students can also connect to many GCC resources such as registration, class schedules, library workshops, scholarships, and more. Click the links to plan your schedule, enroll in classes, make a payment, and see appointment details.

1. Log in - Online
2 . Plan - Search for classes, validate prerequisites, organize schedule prior to registration.
3. Enroll - Click the Enroll button to confirm classes in your shopping cart. Click Finish Enrolling, review your new class schedule.
4. Pay-Click on make a payment to view outstanding charges.



Parking and Parking Fee

Parking permits are available for purchase online on MyGCC until one week prior to the start of the semester. After that, parking permits are only available for purchase in person at the Tuition Office, located in the lobby of the Administration Building.

The cost is $75 for the fall or spring semesters and $45 for the summer. The permit is valid from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. Parking will be enforced seven days per week including holidays. Student parking permits are honored in Lot B and the upper four floors of the parking structure as well as the city parking lots 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, and the Civic Center Garage. A student will not have to pay the parking meters in the city parking lots if he/she purchases and displays a valid student parking permit, however, the student is only allowed to park in the city parking lots for the specific time that is designated for each lot. Signs are posted in the city parking lots which specify the hourly limit. For example, if the city parking lot specifies a 4-hour parking limit, the student could be cited for parking his/her vehicle beyond the designated hourly limit. The purchase of a parking permit does not guarantee a parking space. Overnight parking is not allowed on campus without prior permission from campus police. Lot F is a metered lot only. Student parking permits are NOT allowed in Lot F, located at Towne/Verdugo.

Pass/No Pass (P/NP)

Type of grading in which the student is given the grade of P (Pass) or NP (No Pass) rather than a letter grade of A,B,C,D, or F. A "P" grade indicated that work was completed with an A, B, or C and unit credit is given. A "NP" grade indicates that the work was completed with a D or F grade and no units are awarded. P and NP grades are not included in the calculation of the grade point average. Some classes are offered on a P/NP basis only, while others may be taken as P/NP at the student's request. For more information, see the GCC catalog.

Placement Test

An assessment tool to determine a student's skill level in English reading and writing, English as a Second Language, mathematics and chemistry. Placement tests are administered by the Assessment Center located in SF 112. Students who plan to enroll in English, ESL, math or reading courses with skill prerequisites are required to take the tests prior to registration. The Computerized English Placement Test (CPT) is recommended for placement into many courses other than English such as language, social science, speech, business and humanities courses.


A requirement that a student must meet prior to enrolling in a course. Completing a more basic course or obtaining a minimum score on a placement test may be required. Prerequisites for courses are listed in the Schedule of Classes and the College catalog.

Probation (Academic)

A student will be placed on academic probation if the student's cumulative grade-point average for all units attempted at GCC is less than 2.0.

Probation (Progress)

A student who has attempted a total of at least 9 semester units shall be placed on progress probation when the percentage of all units at GCC in which the student has enrolled and entries of W, I or NC are recorded reaches or exceeds 50%.


Recommended preparation:

A student is advised, but not required, to take a certain class or placement exam before or in conjunction with enrollment in a course. The recommended preparation has proven to be an important factor in a student's success in the course.

Reinstatement after Dismissal

The policy for dismissal is that at least one semester must pass before a student may return to the College after dismissal. However, following the notification of dismissal from the College, a student may appeal to the Director of Admissions and Records for immediate reinstatement if the student incurred unusual and verifiable circumstances. These circumstances could be, but are not limited to, family emergency, health problems, or extreme financial difficulty.

Removal of Probation

A student will be removed from academic probation if he/she raises the cumulative GPA to 2.0 or higher in the next semester of attendance. A student will be removed from progress probation if he/she decreases the percentage of "W", "I", or "NP" entries to less than 50% of all units in which the student has enrolled.


Schedule of Classes

The College publication issued before each semester and summer inter-session registration period. The schedule of classes lists the days and hours of each class, the instructors and the location.

Semester (16 week term)

A semester is 16 weeks in length, and at GCC, the fall semester begins in August; the spring semester begins in February.

Student Educational Plan (S.E.P.) Ext. 5918

Students should complete the S.E.P. during the first semester at GCC. Counselors will assist students in preparing a list of what courses to complete and in what order. Based on your major, the area in which you wish to concentrate that will lead to your educational goal, the counselor will assist you in developing the S.E.P.

Student Employment Services / Job Placement Center: Ext. 5908

The Job Placement Center assists current and former students in securing part-time and full-time employment. On campus positions are also available for currently enrolled students.



An official academic record of all courses taken at a college or university showing the final grade received and units earned in each course during all terms of attendance.

Transfer Center Ext.: 5928

The Transfer Center serves as a resource center to the potential transfer student. Assistance is provided with researching information on transfer institutions, majors and transfer options. The Center provides resource materials including college catalogs and articulation agreements for specific majors. The Center also assists students in preparing and submitting applications for transfer.

Transfer Courses

Courses designed to match lower division courses at a four-year college or university and for which credit may be transferred to that institution. The GCC Catalog specifies whether a course is transferable to the University of California and/or the California State University system.

Transfer Institution

A college or university to which one plans to transfer for advanced education or to obtain a bachelor's degree after attending a community college.

Tutoring and Writing Center Ext: 5330 or 5335

The Tutoring Center provides specialized tutoring for students in any college subject. This is a free service for a GCC student. The Writing Center helps students improve their writing abilities.



The measure of college credit given a course, usually on the basis of one unit for each lecture hour per week or for every two to three laboratory hours per week.

Upper Division

Courses that generally correspond to the junior and senior years at a college or university. Upper division classes are not offered by GCC.


Veterans Resource Center: Ext. 3360

The veteran's staff provides assistance to veterans and eligible dependents in qualifying for educational benefits and in planning educational programs. The Veterans Resource Center is located in AA-1.



Once a student enrolls in a course, it is the student's responsibility to attend class and complete the course requirements. If it becomes necessary to withdraw from a course, the student must log in to MyGCC to withdraw from a course adhering to the drop dates and policies. There is a date each semester and inter-session after which a student can no longer withdraw from a course. This date is published in the Schedule of Classes.