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Admission Process

Steps to Enrollment

Our admission process is designed with your ease in mind—just follow the steps below and you'll be on your way to becoming a student at Community College of Philadelphia. We encourage you to apply by August 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester to ensure you have enough time to complete the steps to enrollment before the start of the semester.

Each type of student below requires a slightly different application process. Read the descriptions carefully and click the one that fits you best to give you a brief outline of your admission process:

First Time in College

A student who has not attended any college before. (If you took college courses when you were in high school, you are still considered a first-time student.)

Steps to Complete
  1. Apply for Admission.
    Apply Online
  2. Satisfy Your English and Math Placement Test Requirement. Submit your high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores, if taken, as they are used to determine if you qualify for a placement test waiver. If you do not qualify for a waiver or are unable to get transcripts and/or test scores, you will need to take the placement test.
  3. Register for Classes. To schedule classes, you must attend a New Student Registration Event if you wish to register at the Main Campus. Login to MyCCP to schedule your registration appointment
  4. Pay for Your Classes. You will need to pay tuition and fees by the payment deadline to preserve your class schedule. You can view your payment options here.

Transfer Student

A student who has attended another college prior to attending Community College of Philadelphia.

Steps to Complete
  1. Apply for Admission.
    Apply Online
  2. Request Transcripts. Request official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities for evaluation for transfer credit, and have them emailed DIRECTLY from your college(s) to traneval@ccp.edu. Please note the following: Placement testing, a requirement to enroll at the College, will be waived if you have successfully completed college English and/or college math.
  3. Register for Classes. Call the College Counseling Center at 215.751.8169 or email counseling@ccp.edu to schedule a registration appointment.
  4. Pay for Your Classes. You will need to pay tuition and fees by the payment deadline to preserve your class schedule. You can view your payment options here.

Readmit Student

A student who has not taken courses at Community College of Philadelphia within the past two years.

NOTE: If you were dropped for insufficient academic progress, please contact the Counseling Center for information on reinstating filing deadlines and requirements.

Steps to Complete
    1. Apply for Admission.
      Apply Online
    2. Register for Classes. Call the College Counseling Center at 215.751.8169 or email counseling@ccp.edu to schedule a registration appointment.
    3. Pay for Your Classes. You will need to pay tuition and fees by the payment deadline to preserve your class schedule. You can view your payment options here.

Guest Students and Visiting Students

A guest student is a student who plans on taking courses at Community College of Philadelphia to transfer back to the college or university where they are currently enrolled. A visiting student is a student who does not plan to earn a degree or certificate, and plans to attend the College only for personal enrichment. *Note: Guest/visiting students are not eligible to receive financial aid.

Steps to Complete
  1. Apply for Admission.
    Apply Online
  2. If you plan on taking courses which require prerequisites, obtain any proof of prerequisite completion such as a permission letter from university, college diploma, unofficial college transcript and test scores.
  3. Complete the Online Guest/Non-Matriculating Student form (after receiving your student ID number, or J#, login to MyCCP, click the Student tab and access the Admissions Forms located under Electronic Forms).
  4. Register for Classes. Once you submit the Online Guest/Visiting Student form, you will receive instructions on how to self-register for your classes.
  5. Pay for Your Classes. You will need to pay tuition and fees by the payment deadline to preserve your class schedule. You can view your payment options here.

International Student

If you applying as an international student and will require an F1 student visa to study in the US, then you are an International Student.

Steps to Complete

NOTE: Deadlines for application submission are July 1 for Fall Semester and Nov. 1 for Spring Semester.

  1. Apply for Admission.
    Apply Online
  2. Make sure you have all required documents (translated into English if necessary), a copy of your passport, optional TOEFFL/SAT/IELS scores and college transcripts to send to our Admissions office.

Dual Enrollment Student

Students in high school who want to get a running start on college courses before enrolling as a freshman.

Steps to Complete

You have one of three options:

  • Apply to the Advance at College program if you are currently enrolled in high school or pursuing you GED and would like to earn college credits at the same time.
  • Apply to the Gateway to College program if you are 16 to 21 years old and previously dropped out of school.
  • Learn more about summer programs for students looking to get a head start.

Veteran or Family Member

Students who are eligible to receive benefits put forth by the G.I. Bill.

Steps to Compelte
  1. Apply for Admission.
    Apply Online
  2. Apply for veterans education benefits.
  3. Satisfy Your English and Math Placement Test Requirement. Submit your high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores, if taken, as they are used to determine if you qualify for a placement test waiver. If you do not qualify for a waiver or are unable to get transcripts and/or test scores, you will need to take the placement test.
  4. Register for Classes. To schedule classes, you must attend a New Student Registration Event if you wish to register at the Main Campus. Login to MyCCP to schedule your registration appointment
  5. Pay for Your Classes. You will need to pay tuition and fees by the payment deadline to preserve your class schedule. You can view your payment options here.

Important Note about Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid early is critically important. Due to the volume of applications, it may take several weeks to process. Go to the U.S. Department of Education's website to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Community College of Philadelphia's Federal School Code is 003249.

After activating your MyCCP account (Step2), be sure to check regularly for updates and important messages concerning your financial aid status.

For Fall Applicants: The FAFSA will be available October 1 of the year prior to when you plan on starting school.

If you need help, attend a free FAFSA completion workshop at the College. Visit the Financial Aid section of the College's website to view the latest schedule of workshops and explore other financial aid options.

If you have additional questions, please email the Office of Financial Aid.

 

If you need assistance in the enrollment process:

Credit for What You Know

If you’ve completed any of the following, you could be eligible for college credits:

  • Workplace training and/or experience
  • Military training and service
  • Independent study
  • Professional certifications
  • Examinations (national exams such as AP, IB, CLEP, DSST, Excelsior College, and UExcel exams; departmental examinations)
  • Civic activities
  • Volunteer services

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