A & R Guide

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.


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.

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. 

CSU Breadth

The California State University General Education - CSU Breadth pattern is recommended for community college students who plan to transfer to a CSU system and wants to complete lower division course work for general education.


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.


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:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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 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.



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.



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.