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About the College

Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in the City. Since 1965, over 500,000 students have passed through our doors seeking associate's degrees, certificates, improved workplace skills and lifelong learning. Many of our degree students transfer to four-year institutions while others seek employment in the Philadelphia region. Over 90 percent of our graduates remain in the area and seek employment, strengthening our local economy and workforce. Local businesses look to us to provide workplace training to keep their workers skilled and their companies competitive.

We offer over 70 degree and certificate programs in art, science, business, technology and liberal arts. Many of our students have hectic schedules, and we know how to accommodate every type of learner. Classes are held during the day, in the evening and on Saturdays at the Main Campus, our three Regional Centers and at neighborhood sites throughout the City. Distance education classes are also available.

If you wish to continue your education, we make transferring to a four-year institution as easy as possible. Our specialized dual admissions and transfer programs will assist you in this process.

At the College, we are here to meet your needs. Excellent educational support services are available to you, from counseling and tutoring to adult education programs.

Student life is an important aspect at the College. Over 40 clubs and associations give you the opportunity to learn something new, make more friends and have fun. Thirteen intercollegiate athletic programs, plus more than twelve intramural sports, provide a competitive outlet. Our gymnasium offers more fitness options with a full-size basketball court, cardiovascular and weight room, aerobics facilities and racquetball courts.

Our students are diverse in many aspects and represent dozens of different cultural backgrounds, including local students and our international students that come from 65 countries. Our students are of all different ages and have different educational objectives. In conjunction with our mission, we encourage the appreciation of all cultural backgrounds and are proud of our diverse student population.