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Key Facts

Community College of Philadelphia offers more than 70 associate’s degree, academic and proficiency certificate programs. Recent graduates continue to strengthen Philadelphia's local economy and workforce—78 percent are employed in Philadelphia, and 93 percent work in the Greater Philadelphia region. The College enables students to embark on a smart path to a bachelor’s degree program, with transfer agreements and partnerships to assist in the transition.

We offer a wide range of scholarships to assist students paying tuition at the College or a four-year institution. To accommodate a wide range of students,  we offer day, evening and weekend classes on our Main Campus and at our three Regional Centers. Online and hybrid courses and degree programs provide even more flexibility when pursuing a college education.

Businesses and professionals look to our Corporate Solutions unit for specialized services, such as customized workforce training, certification training, professional development workshops and onsite degree programs. For those that want to get involved, athletics and campus life initiatives give students learning and leadership experience outside of the classroom.

College Environment

  • Small class sizes and dedicated faculty create a personalized, supportive atmosphere.
  • Our students and faculty bring a diverse mix of cultural backgrounds, ages and life experiences to the College. International students especially enrich our learning environment by offering a current global perspective.
  • The College enables all its students to interact with individuals from different parts of Philadelphia and the world, facilitating conversation, connection and self-discovery.

Student body

Enrollment (2013-2014 academic year):

  • Approximately 34,337 students taking credit and noncredit courses.
  • Approximately 15,050 full-time equivalent students.
  • Approximately 28,096 students enrolled in credit classes.

Student Characteristics

  • More than half (53%) are 25 or older, and the median age is 25.
  • There are more women (62%) than men.
  • There are diverse groups of students:
    • African-American 53.4%
    • White 23.9%
    • Hispanic/Latino 12.4%
    • Asian/Pacific Islander 9.9%
    • Native American 0.4%
  • Approximately 76% are minority students.
  • More than half (62%) are enrolled in transfer or liberal arts programs; 18% enrolled in career programs; 20% enrolled in noncredit, continuing education coursework.

Faculty and Staff

  • 407 full-time faculty
  • 643 part-time faculty
  • 457 administrative and support staff

Academic Offerings

  • More than 70 degree and certificate programs in Business, Humanities, Health, Liberal Arts, Science, Technology, and the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Day, evening and weekend classes for full-time and part-time students. Credit and noncredit courses at the Main Campus, three regional Centers, and neighborhood and corporate locations.
  • Online and hybrid courses.
  • Customized courses for business and industry.
  • 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.)

Accreditation

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Specific program accreditation information is available

2014-2015 Budget

$142.9 million
$131.9 operating; $11.2 capital

Financial Aid

Approximately 84% of full-time students and 67% of all students receive some type of financial aid.

Funding

Operating Costs are shared among the students, city and the Commonwealth. Capital costs are funded by the city and the Commonwealth.

Educational Impact

  • We are the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College has served more than 685,000 individuals since it began operation.
  • More than three-quarters of graduates in transfer programs continue on to four-year institutions.

Economic Impact (2012-2013)

  • $76,140,272 annual payroll
  • $2,810,195 in wage tax
  • $52,061,876 in expenditures for goods and services
  • $67,282,711 in federal and state revenues
  • The College receives $3.84 of federal and state revenue for every dollar of city revenue it receives.
  • 77.6% of recent College graduates who were working at a job eight months after graduating from the College were employed in the city.

Locations

President

Dr. Donald Generals

Governance

The College's 15-member Board of Trustees is appointed by the mayor.

Historical Highlights

Founded in 1964, the College opened for classes in 1965 in a former department store at 34 S. 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 eventually would become the centerpiece of its permanent campus.

Even with renovations of the Mint underway, we began holding classes there in 1973. The College maintained both the 11th Street and 17th Street campuses until the spring of 1983 when all of our Main Campus facilities, including the West and Bonnell buildings, were built and consolidated into the permanent campus at 17th Street.

The Winnet Student Life 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 Regional Center in 1994 and the Northwest Regional Center in 1999.

Groundbreaking for the Center for Business and Industry took place in November 2001, and the building was completed in January 2003.

The College broke ground for a new building at the Northeast Regional Center in April 2009, and the new building was completed in summer 2010. Renovations to the existing Northeast building were completed in December 2010.

A major renovation and expansion of the College’s Main Campus began in summer 2009. A new Pavilion Building housing the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management programs, new student and staff dining services, the Welcome Center and portions of the new College Bookstore opened in fall 2011. Renovations to portions of the Bonnell, Mint and West buildings began in January 2010 and are expected to be completed by fall 2014.

National Recognition

  • Winner of the Charles Kennedy Equity Award for leadership in assuring opportunities for minorities and women
  • National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education
  • Eastern Technology Council Educational Program of the Year (Biomedical Technician Training program)
  • Bellwether Award finalist for our Ford Maintenance and Light Repair program
  • Bellwether Award finalist for our Leadership Institute
  • Bellwether Award finalist for our Center for Law and Society
  • Recruiting New Teachers recognition for teacher education initiatives
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators recognition as a model community college in their Internationalizing the Campus report