Glendale University Open

Registration is now open for Glendale University.
Posted on 07/09/2019
Glendale University 101, GU101, is now accepting applications through Friday, August 16, 2019 with classes beginning September 4. GU101 is a FREE ten-week program sponsored by Arizona State University where participants are offered a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of city government.

The Fall 2019 GU101 program will be held from 6:00 - 9:00 pm on Wednesdays beginning September 4 through November 6, 2019. The free classes are held at locations throughout the city and are limited to 45 participants to encourage interaction among program attendees and the city staff who teach each unit. To participate in Glendale University, you must be a Glendale resident or own a business located in Glendale and be 18 or older. Attendees who complete nine of the ten GU101 program classes will be honored during a program completion event on the final night of class.

Glendale University (GU) started in 1997 and provides participants with an opportunity to meet city leaders and interact with each city department while learning about their roles and processes. Nearly 1,000 people have participated in the program over the past 21 years.

The program’s popularity is credited to the one-on-one interactions among attendees and a core curriculum that focuses on everything from City Courts to Water Services. Citizens who have participated have gone on to serve in many leadership roles within the city, including Glendale boards, commissions and City Council.

The series kicks-off with an opportunity to learn about the city charter and meet staff from the City Manager’s office, Budget & Finance, Information Technology and Human Resources teams. Subsequent program classes cover a variety of city services, including public safety, libraries, parks and recreation, city courts, transportation, public works, water services, economic development, utilities and community services. The final class will provide participants an opportunity to meet and interact with the Glendale City Council.

The deadline to register for Glendale University is August 16, 2019. Register online at For more information or to request an application, please e-mail