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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—89 percent of recent graduates who were working at a job eight months after graduating from the College were employed in the Philadelphia metro area. 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 Corporate Solutions 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 (for 2017-2018 academic year):

  • Approximately 27,729 students taking credit and noncredit courses.
  • Approximately 13,361 full-time equivalent students.
  • Approximately 24,443 students enrolled in credit classes.

Student Characteristics

    • More than half (51%) are 24 or older, and the median age is 23.
    • There are more women (63%) than men.
    • There are diverse groups of students:
      • African-American 50.8%
      • White 24.1%
      • Hispanic/Latino 14.8%
      • Asian/Pacific Islander 10.4%
      • Native American 0.3%
    • Approximately 76% are minority students.
    • 65% are enrolled in transfer or liberal arts programs; 21% enrolled in career programs; 13% enrolled in noncredit, continuing education coursework.

Economic Impact (for 2017-18)

Annual Payroll: $77,953,315
Wage Tax: $2,897,911
Expenditures for Goods and Services: $63.821,144
Federal and State Revenues: $87,870,878

89% of recent graduates who were working at a job eight months after graduating from the College were employed in the city.

Faculty and Staff

399 Full time Faculty
459 Part Time Faculty
464 Administrative and support staff

2018-2019 Budget

$143.6 million
Operating $132.1 million
Capital $11.5 million

Academic Offerings

  • More than 70 degree and certificate programs in Business, Entrepreneurship and Law; Creative Arts; Design, Construction and Transportation; Education and Human Services; Health Care;  Liberal Arts and Communications; and Science and Technology.
  • 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 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

Financial Aid

Approximately 83% of full-time students and 73% 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 (2017-2018)

      • $77,987,146 annual payroll
      • $2,876,699 in wage tax
      • $54,084,646 in expenditures for goods and services
      • $99,675,958 in federal and state revenues
      • 89% 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 the third Philadelphia Mint building at 1700 Spring Garden Street from the federal government, and the College 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 were completed in September 1991.

The 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.

Groundbreaking for a new building at the Northeast Regional Center took place in April 2009, and the new building was completed in summer 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 were completed in fall 2014.

New construction at the West Regional Center, scheduled to begin in 2019, will double the capacity of the College's Automotive Technology programs and move the center toward becoming a hub for career and technical training.

Renovations at all locations to libraries will establish state-of-the-art learning commons equipped with technological advancements to meet individual and group study needs.

National Recognition

The Nursing program, designated a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing since 2004, was one of the first programs to receive this recognition and remains one of only a few community college Nursing programs in the country to obtain this honor

The Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship program was listed in a Washington Monthly magazine article, "The Twelve Most Innovative Colleges for Adult Learners," and recognized as a potential "national model"

The Biomedical Research Technician (BRT)  Apprenticeship program, started in 2017, is the first-ever registered, nontraditional apprenticeship program in biomedical research in Pennsylvania