Glendale Community College is a two-year public institution and one of 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD). The college offers classes through its main campus in Glendale, through GCC North in north Glendale, and the Communiversity, a new facility in the nearby city of Surprise that offers programs from various Maricopa community colleges and five universities. The college was established in 1965, opening with 2,000 enrolled students, and today has an enrollment of more than 33,000 students. Along with offering high-quality traditional degrees and certificates designed to prepare students for careers or for transfer to a four-year university, GCC offers eCourses that provide added flexibility for students who balance a full-time job and family with earning a higher education. The college also has an honors program for academically gifted students, who receive perks like early registration, special co-curricular activities, academic seminars, transfer assistance, and more.
Glendale Community College offers 44 degree programs, more than 65 certificate programs, 101 career and technical programs, and more than 1,100 individual classes. These include the Associate of Applied Science for students interested in an occupational education, the Associate of Arts for students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution, the Certificate of Completion for students who want shorter-term occupational programs, and the Academic Certificate, for students who want to build expertise or competency in a particular area. Occupational programs are available in a wide range of areas, including video production technology, automotive technology, nursing, computer aided drafting (CAD) technology, web design, and more. Distance education at GCC allows students to take courses online, in hybrid format, and open entry/open exit, in which students receive individualized start dates throughout the semester and often complete their work online. Most online courses at GCC are delivered through the popular online learning platform Blackboard.
Glendale Community College has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, since 1967. In addition, GCC’s associate degree program in nursing holds specialized accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, according to College Navigator.
Like many community colleges, Glendale Community College has an open admissions policy. Admission is given to any student who is 18 years old, has a high school diploma or GED, or is a transfer student in good standing. Applicants must meet residency and prior education requirements, which means students will generally need to show a valid ID and submit their transcripts. Students under 18 can still be admitted as long as they meet certain special stipulations. The application process starts with creating an account with my.maricopa.edu, after which students will be issued a Maricopa Enterprise ID; fill out a student information form; take placement testing in math, English, and writing; receive advising; and enroll in courses. After a student is enrolled, they can apply for financial aid and scholarships, pay tuition and fees, attend new student orientation, buy their textbooks, get their student ID card, and attend their first classes.