Spring 2004


Student Body



(2002-2003 academic year)              

Approximately 43,600 students taking credit and non-credit courses


18,675 full-time equivalent students


Approximately 30,500 students enrolled in credit courses


Student Characteristics                                            

Median age is 27 years


Majority (58%) are 25 years or older


Majority are female (63%)


Approximately 73% are minority students

American Indian 0.6%

Asian 7.3%

Black 52.6%

Hispanic 12.2%

White 27.3%


64% are enrolled in transfer or general education programs; 17% enrolled in career programs; 19% enrolled in non-credit, continuing education coursework


Faculty and Staff                        

397 Full-time faculty

818 Part-time faculty

441 Administrative and support staff



Dr. Stephen M. Curtis



15-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Mayor of Philadelphia


Admissions Policy                                  

Admission to the College is open; however, admission to specific programs may be selective.


Academic Offerings                             

More than 70 career and transfer programs in Business, Humanities, Allied Health, Science and Technology, and the Social and Behavioral Sciences.  Associate degree programs and Certificate programs.


Day, evening and weekend classes for full-time and part-time students. Credit and non-credit courses are offered at the Main Campus, three Regional Centers and more than 30 neighborhood locations. Distance education courses available.


Comprehensive academic support services and programs, services for students with disabilities and other support services available.


Degrees Granted                        

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

Associate in Science (A.S.)

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)


2003-2004 Budget                                  

$103.0 million


($95.5 operating, $7.5 capital)


Tuition and Fees                         

$104 per credit hour for Philadelphia residents


$2,496 per year for full-time study


Financial Aid                                          

Approximately 66% of full-time students and 49% of all students receive some type of financial aid.



Operating costs are shared among the students, the City, and the State.  This translates roughly into each group being responsible for one-third of the total cost.



Middle States Commission on Higher Education


Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Specialized accrediting or approving organizations accrediting College programs:

·        American Bar Association, Council on the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

·        American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation

·        American Dietetic Association, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education

·        American Health Information Management Association

·        Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

·        Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

·        National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation

·        National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission



Main Campus                                    

1700 Spring Garden Street

Philadelphia, PA 19130


Northeast Regional Center              

12901 Townsend Road

Philadelphia, PA 19154


West Philadelphia Regional Center                         

4725 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19143


Northwest Regional Center             

1300 W. Godfrey Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19141


Neighborhood Locations                  

More than 30 city wide


Historical Highlights                       


Founded 1964


The College opened for classes in 1965 in a former department store at 34 South 11th Street while a permanent campus was being sought.


In 1971, the College acquired from the federal government the building at 1700 Spring Garden Street that had housed the third Philadelphia Mint and would eventually become the centerpiece of its permanent campus.


With renovations of the Mint underway, the College began holding classes there in 1973.  The College maintained both the 11th Street site and the Spring Garden campus until the spring of 1983 when all of the College’s Main Campus facilities were consolidated into the permanent campus at 1700 Spring Garden Street.


The Winnet Student Life/Instruction Building and Gymnasium, 17th and Buttonwood Streets, were completed and formally dedicated in September 1991.


The current West Regional Center opened in 1992, the Northeast Center in 1994, and the Northwest Center in 1999.


The Center for Business and Industry Building at 18th and Callowhill Streets opened in January 2003.


Educational Impact                         


The College is the largest institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania.


The College has served more than 523,598 students since it began operation.


Economic Impact                            

2002-03 Year


$59,728,000 annual payroll (2002)


$2,541,000 in wage tax (2002)


$17,300,000 in expenditures (2003) for goods and services


$64,100,000 in federal and state revenues (2003)


The College receives $2.95 of federal and state revenues for every dollar of city revenue it receives.