Gujarat College, situated in Ellisbridge, the heart of the city of Ahmedabad was established in 1869 with a view to provide in house facility for higher education. The mill owners association came forward to provide financial assistance. Initially the college was started on Mirzapur Road in a building, which was given, by one of the Landlords. However, Bombay University did not give affiliation due to lack of its proper accommodation. Sir Chinubhai Baronet's family donated land in Madalpur village, now better known as Ellisbridge for contructing its own building. The historical college thus began.
Gujarat College is managed by the Education Department, Government of Gujarat. Mainly, student from lower and middle class seek admission in this college, as the fee structure is moderate and low compared to other self-financed colleges.