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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 Freshman

A student planning on entering college for the first time.

Steps to Complete
  1. Apply for Admission.
    Apply Online
  2. Satisfy your placement requirement through a placement test, scores from standardized exams, or transcripts proving proficiency in specific areas.

Transfer Student

A student planning to change from one institution to Community College of Philadelphia.

Steps to Complete
  1. Apply for Admission.
    Apply Online
  2. Request official transcripts from your previously attended college/university to be mailed to the Community College of Philadelphia. Learn more about transferring credits into the College.

Readmit Student

A student who has not taken courses at CCP 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

Guest Student

A student who currently attends another college but wants to take a class or classes at Community College of Philadelphia to transfer back to their college.

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.

International Student

A student who currently resides outside the United States or is here on an F-1 visa.

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.

Current High School 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.

Non-Matriculating Student

A student who doesn’t plan on earning a certificate or degree.

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. 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.

Veteran or Family Member

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

Steps to Compelte

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

  1. Apply for Admission.
    Apply Online
  2. Apply for veterans education benefits.
  3. Satisfy your placement requirement through a placement test, scores from standardized exams, or transcripts proving proficiency in specific areas.

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.

 

Activate Your MyCCP Student Account

Once you fill out and submit an application to us, you will be prompted to activate your MyCCP account, which allows you to:

  • Schedule a placement test (if needed)
  • View critical information, including your financial aid status and registration information
  • Access your College-assigned email.

If this is your first time logging into MyCCP, start here. You will use your student ID number (include the “J”) and Social Security number or portal access number to access your College-assigned login information. You must check your MyCCP account on a regular basis to make sure you don't miss important messages from the College.

Register for Classes

  • For registration at the Main Campus, schedule your registration appointment through your MyCCP account.
  • At Regional Centers, you can meet with an advisor to review your placement levels and schedule your classes.

Pay for Classes

You will need to pay tuition and fees by the payment deadline to preserve your class schedule. You can view your many payment options here.

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

Learn more about Prior Learning Assessment