1. Familiarize yourself with our Graphic Design Program
At GCC, we offer a specialized education that places students in intensive studio classes specific to their major from their first term of study. We require that students choose a major when they apply and that they submit a portfolio specific to that major (see Step 2 below). So it is important to understand our programs of study and how they align with your creative ambitions.

2. Review the application and portfolio requirements
Admissions to GCC is major-specific. It is important to gain a strong understanding of the specific application requirements and portfolio requirements for the major in which you’re interested.

3. Connect with us
Schedule a time to deepen your knowledge of GCC and our admissions process: Come to campus for a tour, schedule an appointment (in-person or phone) with an Admissions counselor, come to one of our monthly on-campus or live online events, or just call the Admissions Office with your questions. We’ll work with you to define next steps toward applying.

4. Choose a term
Based on the program to which you are interested in applying, there could be as many as three opportunities each year for you to enroll—Fall, Spring and Summer. Construct a timeline to apply that allows enough time to build your portfolio.

5. Order official transcripts and applicable test scores
Transcripts and test scores (if applicable) are important components of your application, but they can take some time to get to us once ordered. We recommend ordering these official documents as soon as you know you are going to apply. If we receive them in advance of your application, we will hold them.

6. Submit your portfolio and an online application
Once your portfolio is ready, you can submit it through SlideRoom and complete an online application.

7. Complete your FAFSA
If you are a domestic student and you want to be considered for financial aid and scholarship, then you should complete your FAFSA. International students will be considered without the FAFSA.


1. A Fully Completed Application
Applications can be completed online or downloaded from our site. The application will include several essays of varying lengths.

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2. Application Fee
A nonrefundable application fee of $50 for U.S. citizens and permanent alien residents or $70 for non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent alien residents is required. You may apply for a fee waiver through the College Board or provide a letter from your guidance counselor or teacher.

3. Official Transcripts
These should be sent directly to the Admissions Office from each issuing institution. Transcripts must be sent in a sealed official envelope from each institution you have attended, or electronically via secure electronic transcript service like Naviance, Parchment, National Student Clearninghouse, Scribbles, or eTranscript. Request your transcripts at the time of or prior to submitting your application. They will be held on file if they arrive before your application.

Students must have completed or anticipate completing high school or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) prior to their enrollment.

All students, except those who have completed a bachelor’s degree at the time of application, must submit their high school transcripts or GED. GCC considers applications from home-schooled students. Home school transcripts should include course titles, grades (with an explanatory scale if not letter grades), credits and signature of the home school administrator (the parent or other person who organized, taught and evaluated your home school coursework). Include transcripts from any work completed at the college level while in the home school program. College transcripts should be submitted from each school attended; records of previous college work will not be accepted in a condensed form on one transcript.

Transcripts from international schools that are not provided in English directly from the issuing institution must be presented both in the original language form and translated into English by a translation agency, official translator or World Education Services (WES).

If you have attended a non-degree school or program, be sure to list it on your application.

Please be aware that once submitted, all documents become the property of the College and cannot be returned to the applicant.

4. Official Test Scores
Students currently enrolled in a U.S. high school or American sponsored school overseas are required to submit the official SAT or ACT. Test scores should be sent directly to the Admissions Office from the applicable testing agency.

Students currently enrolled in international high schools are not required to submit the SAT or ACT. Students studying in schools where the language of instruction is something other than English are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS in lieu of the SAT or ACT.

5. English as a Foreign Language Proficiency
Undergraduate applicants who have not completed a high school or bachelor’s degree in which the language of instruction was English must take the Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) or I.E.L.T.S. A minimum score of 80 is required on the iBT and a minimum score of 6.5 on the I.E.L.T.S. We do not participate in electronic download of scores from I.E.L.T.S. and no school code is required.

The score must be sent to the Admissions Office from the testing service and must have been taken within two years prior to the time of application. Institutional versions of the test are not accepted.

The Committee may request testing from any student whose command of English is in doubt, including students who took ESL classes in high school. In addition, the College may review the individual scores on each section of the test. Visit or for information on testing times and procedures.

6. Portfolio Requirements
Your portfolio is the single most important aspect of your application. Your portfolio must be oriented specifically to the one major for which you are applying. GCC does not offer an undeclared major option at entry.

In addition to your portfolio, a Video/Audio Essay is required along with your portfolio submission.

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