Community College of Philadelphia

Introduction

Why Choose Us?

Because Your Path to Possibilities Starts Here

Welcome to Community College of Philadelphia, where more than 685,000 individuals have embarked on their path to possibilities since 1965. We serve a diverse population of students, from recent high school graduates starting here on their path to a bachelor's degree, to adults looking to change careers. On our Main Campus or at any of our three Regional Centers within Philadelphia, we offer the convenience our students need to fit classes into their busy schedules.

We seek to empower our community through education, one individual at a time. More than 90 percent of our graduates remain in the area and strengthen our local economy. It is our mission to prepare Philadelphians for a new career or transfer to a four-year college so that they can achieve their educational and career goals.

Transfer Opportunities

Community College of Philadelphia makes it easy for you to transfer credits to a four-year college and save on tuition dollars, thanks to our Dual Admissions partnerships and transfer program agreements.

Transfer Partnerships

Spend the first two years here and earn your bachelor's degree for less — much less. Our transfer partnerships, called Dual Admissions agreements, with 12 colleges and universities in the region make it easy to transfer to another college after earning your associate's degree here. Plus, these partnerships include great scholarship opportunities!

Additional Transfer Agreements

Explore the many other transfer agreements we have in place with numerous colleges and universities from across the region and beyond. Whatever your transfer goals may be, we can help you get there.

Advantages of Dual Admissions

  • Save on tuition by earning your associate’s degree here before you transfer
  • Pay no application fee or penalties if you decide not to participate
  • Qualify for scholarships and perhaps other savings
  • Receive support services here and at your transfer college choice
  • Meet the program requirements to reserve your place at the transfer college
  • Enter your chosen college with junior status

Career Possibilities

Community College of Philadelphia gives you the tools you need to succeed in today's workforce. Our programs prepare you for high-demand, sustainable industries that feature good wages, employment stability and opportunities for advancement. You’ll benefit from hands-on experience, verbal and written communication skills development, and critical thinking exercises. All of our programs are taught in small classes by dedicated faculty, giving you the personal attention you deserve. And many programs are shaped and enhanced by participating professionals from local businesses who ensure that everything you learn is relevant and rewarding.

College Success Story

Since opening its doors in 1965, Community College of Philadelphia has become an integral part of the city, providing access to higher education and specialized training to a diverse body of students who will enter the regional workforce and bolster the local economy. The College has enjoyed many successes and milestones along the way. With the help of our community and our students, we continue to provide a quality education to individuals seeking both better employment and a better quality of life.

International Students

Community College of Philadelphia offers several benefits to students from around the world, who currently represent more than 50 countries. Here you will discover a caring, personalized environment while experiencing the excitement, culture and opportunity of a world-class city that balances history with modern amenities.

The College is an associate degree-granting institution offering more than 70 degree and certificate programs. We are the largest degree-granting institution in Philadelphia, yet our intimate classroom environment allows faculty to give you individualized attention. Our advisors are here to answer your questions and concerns, as well as help you adjust to life in the United States.

Each student is a special part of our College community. Our experienced staff will do all they can to help make your transition to the United States, Philadelphia and the College a successful one.

Why International Students Choose Us

Cost Effective, Quality Education

Community College of Philadelphia provides an affordable education and will prepare you for a career or for transfer to a four-year college or university. Many international students choose to earn an associate's degree before transferring to a four-year college, to allow time to get used to college life, earn college credits and save money.

Small Class Sizes

The College's average class size is 22 people, which means more time that faculty can spend with you. Our instructors care about you and take an active role in helping develop your strengths and goals.

Individualized Attention

Each student is a special part of our College community. We will help you understand how to register for classes and find your way around campus. The College's Main Campus is manageable in size, and it is conveniently accessible via public transportation. Our experienced staff will help make your transition to the United States, Philadelphia and the College a successful one.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

It may be beneficial for you to complete some English classes in order to become more comfortable with the language. After taking a placement test and discussing your results with a counselor, we will help you pick classes that best fit your needs. Our ESL program will improve your English skills and allow you to get the most out of your experience in the United States.

Our International Community

Community College of Philadelphia has a diverse and culturally rich student population, with more than 150 international students from more than 50 different countries, as well as regional students who represent many ethnic backgrounds. You may join the International Student Organization, which plans day trips and other activities around the College. To celebrate diversity, an annual International Festival exposes the College community to other cultures. Film festivals and events featuring specific nationalities also take place throughout the year.

Something is always happening on campus. Do you like to play sports, or are student clubs more your style?

There are dozens of ways to get involved and meet new people at the College. We offer a variety of sports for men and women, in addition to more than 40 student clubs and organizations.

Ideal Location

Situated near the heart of the city and close to Philadelphia's Museum district, our Main Campus is easily accessible by train, bus or automobile, and you can easily walk between its buildings. The College also has three Regional Centers in Northeast, Northwest and West Philadelphia, in addition to several neighborhood sites, to best serve our students.

Philadelphia, located between New York and Washington, D.C., is one of the most historic cities, and the fifth largest, in the United States. Here in the second largest city on the East Coast, both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were written. Besides its rich array of cultural activities, Philadelphia also offers world-class cuisine, an exceptional theater and arts district, and a vibrant nightlife. Whether you are interested in exploring the past, experiencing the outdoors or attending a professional sporting event, this exciting region has much to offer you.

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Associate of Arts

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree Art and Design

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 USA Philadelphia

The Art and Design curriculum leads to the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree for students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs or professional art schools after study at Community College of Philadelphia. [+]

Description: The Art and Design curriculum leads to the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree for students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs or professional art schools after study at Community College of Philadelphia. This curriculum prepares students for either a B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) or a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) program. The curriculum has been designed to be consistent with the foundation program of art schools and art programs at four-year colleges. Because transferability is most important, students will develop skills accordingly and also prepare a comprehensive transfer portfolio. This foundation program will allow students to continue their studies leading to careers in the fine arts, a range of design fields (such as graphic and media arts, industrial and product design, fashion/textile design), crafts, art education and art therapy. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to: Demonstrate proficiency in basic foundation level 2D and 3D design concepts, including perceptual drawing. Utilize learned technical studio and/or computer-based skills to realize and test visual ideas and concepts. Use a wide range of materials and means of expression to communicate visual ideas. Critically interpret and analyze visual concepts. Demonstrate knowledge of the arts through associated terminology, historical practices and contemporary developments. Program Entry Requirements: Applicants to the program must submit a portfolio with 8 to 10 pieces of original art work to demonstrate ability, talent and originality, though potential rather than competence is the primary measure for admission. Students are required to take the College's placement... [-]

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree Business Administration

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 USA Philadelphia

The Business Administration program is specifically designed to prepare students to transfer to those business schools that are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). [+]

Description: The Business Administration program is specifically designed to prepare students to transfer to those business schools that are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In keeping with the AACSB's educational philosophy, this program requires a strong foundation in higher level mathematics and quantitative reasoning that underlies business administration. (Note: It is recommended that students desiring a more inclusive foundation in the business disciplines with less emphasis on higher level mathematics select the Business program, which is also a transfer program.) Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this program students will be able to: Prepare, analyze, interpret and discuss an entity's basic financial statements verbally and in writing. Discuss the legal, economic and social impact of business decisions. Quantitatively evaluate the impact of business decisions, activities and events. Demonstrate an understanding of and discuss the role business has historically taken in different societal and economic systems. Program Entry Requirements: Students are required to take the College's placement test at their time of admission. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of their degree program. Program Of Study And Graduation Requirements: To qualify for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Business Administration, a student must complete a minimum of 61 credit hours as prescribed, earning a "C" or better grade in all courses and earning at least a 2.0 GPA. Most receiving institutions require a higher grade point average. To learn more about requirements... [-]

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree Psychology

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 USA Philadelphia

The Psychology degree program is for students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs in Psychology after study at Community College of Philadelphia and for students undecided about their long-term educational goals, but interested in the behavioral sciences. [+]

Description: The Psychology degree program is for students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs in Psychology after study at Community College of Philadelphia and for students undecided about their long-term educational goals, but interested in the behavioral sciences. Because transfer institutions require specific courses to be taken prior to entry, it is highly recommended that students consult catalogues of schools to which they might transfer and transfer worksheets available in the Career and Transfer Center, as well as their advisors and mentors, in order to make appropriate selections for their elective courses. The A.A. degree in Psychology is appropriate for students who wish to emphasize behavioral science fields, whether for personal interest or with the goal of transfer to major in Psychology, or in related fields such as cognitive science, counseling and educational psychology. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this program students will be able to: Demonstrate a basic understanding of psychology's major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the principles of research design and an ability to apply them. Demonstrate the ability to think critically about statements concerning mental processes and behavior. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways psychology is applied in the realms of work, personal life, education and other real-world situations. Demonstrate understanding of the career choices open to psychology students. Program Entry Requirements: Students are typically required to take the College's placement tests at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily... [-]

Associate of Science

Associate in Science (A.S) Degree in Mathematics

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 USA Philadelphia

This program leads to an A.S. degree in Mathematics. The primary goal of the program is to prepare students for transfer to a baccalaureate program in mathematics. [+]

Description: This program leads to an A.S. degree in Mathematics. The primary goal of the program is to prepare students for transfer to a baccalaureate program in mathematics. This curriculum provides freshman- and sophomore-level courses in both continuous and discrete mathematics. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to: Prove mathematical statements. Solve mathematical problems. Execute mathematical algorithms. Program Entry Requirements: This program is open to interested students who have demonstrated readiness for English 101 and Math 171, either by passing the appropriate placement test or by meeting the prerequisites for the course. Selected math and English courses are available for those not meeting entrance requirements. An educational plan leading to acceptance into the program will be developed for each applicant who does not meet the entrance requirements. Program of Study and Graduation Requirements: To qualify for the A.S. degree in Mathematics, students must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average). Since science requirements vary at transfer institutions, students are advised to check requirements at transfer institutions before choosing science electives. Mathematics Course Sequence First Semester MATH 171 - Calculus I ENGL 101 – English Composition I MATH 163 - Discrete Math I Lab Science Elective Second Semester MATH 172 - Calculus II MATH 263 - Discrete Math II ENGL 102 – The Research Paper Lab Science Elective Third Semester MATH 270 - Linear Algebra CSCI 111 – Computer Science I with Java... [-]

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree Biology

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 USA Philadelphia

The Associate of Science (A.S.) in Biology degree program is for students who wish to pursue baccalaureate studies in the biological sciences or plan to fulfill prerequisite courses for pre-pharmacy school or for programs such as pre-veterinary, pre-medical, and pre-dental. [+]

Description: The Associate of Science (A.S.) in Biology degree program is for students who wish to pursue baccalaureate studies in the biological sciences or plan to fulfill prerequisite courses for pre-pharmacy school or for programs such as pre-veterinary, pre-medical, and pre-dental. To enable seamless transfer, this curriculum is designed to parallel the first two years of study offered in biology programs at other colleges and universities. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to: Summarize the major physical and chemical concepts and processes essential to living things including the maintenance of homeostasis, the energy transformations occurring within and between organisms, and the interactions among living organisms and their environment. Describe the mechanisms of reproduction and heredity, from both classical (Mendelian) and molecular perspectives, and link genetic influences to evolutionary processes and adaptation. Appropriately use current scientific terminology and evaluate the merit of scientific data using critical thought. Explain the levels of organization in biology, including the chemical, cellular, histological, and organismal levels, and explain the dynamics of populations, ecosystems and the biosphere. Utilize the Scientific Method for the development of hypotheses, the proper design of experiments, the competent use of equipment, the collection and analysis of data, and the integration of scientific literature. Compare and contrast the major groups of microbes, protists, plants, and animals. Program Entry Requirements: This is a select program. Students who enter the program must have completed one year of high school biology and chemistry within the last ten years and... [-]

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree Chemistry

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 USA Philadelphia

The Associate of Science (A.S.) in Chemistry degree program is for students who wish to pursue baccalaureate studies in the chemical or physical sciences or who plan to continue with professional studies, such as pre-pharmacy, pre-medical or pre-dental programs. [+]

Description: The Associate of Science (A.S.) in Chemistry degree program is for students who wish to pursue baccalaureate studies in the chemical or physical sciences or who plan to continue with professional studies, such as pre-pharmacy, pre-medical or pre-dental programs. This curriculum parallels the first two years of study offered in the chemistry programs of other colleges and universities. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to: Demonstrate preparedness to successfully transfer into a chemistry program at a four-year institution. Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of general inorganic and organic chemistry principles and concepts by applying this knowledge to the solution of problems and performance of experiments. While adhering to all safety rules, competently perform routine laboratory tasks in the chemistry laboratory using the instrumentation for measurement and analysis that is commonly available. Effectively collect, interpret, evaluate and communicate scientific data in multiple formats using computer technology as needed. Program Entry Requirements: This is a select program. In order to enter the program, students must have placement at ENGL 101, MATH 162 (or MATH 161 completed with a C or better) and CHEM 121 (Department approval or CHEM 110 completed with a "C" or better) levels. Program of Study and Graduation Requirements: To qualify for the A.S. degree in Chemistry, students must successfully complete a minimum of 60 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average). Students must pass all Science and Mathematics courses with a grade of "C" or... [-]

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree in Computer Science

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 USA Philadelphia

The Computer Science curriculum leads to an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Computer Science. The primary goal of the program is to prepare students for transfer to a baccalaureate program in Computer Science. [+]

Description: The Computer Science curriculum leads to an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Computer Science. The primary goal of the program is to prepare students for transfer to a baccalaureate program in Computer Science. The curricular focus is a set of courses concentrating on the skills necessary for the analysis of mathematically-oriented problems and the development of algorithms and data structures to solve those problems using computers. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to: Use technology effectively to communicate and analyze information related to computer programming, algorithm development and software engineering. Work as a part of a professional team to design, code, test and debug mathematically-based, object-oriented computer software. Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of information transfer and control in modern computer systems, including knowledge of assembly languages, computer architecture and computer organization. Demonstrate a basic understanding of mathematical concepts important in computer science and software engineering, including differential and integral calculus, statistics and discrete mathematics. Develop object-oriented algorithms and data structures using the structured sequential logic of computer programming languages in an object-oriented environment and implement those solutions as Java applications and Java applets. Analyze the temporal and spatial efficiency of algorithms and data structures and redesign them for increased efficiency where possible. Program Entry Requirements: This program is open to interested students. However, new students are normally required to take the College's placement test at their time of entry. Students' test results must show readiness for English 101 and at least a... [-]

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree in Engineering Science

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 USA Philadelphia

The Engineering Science curriculum provides a foundation for further study toward the bachelor's degree in engineering. As such, it parallels the first two years of engineering programs offered by major universities and is applicable to any engineering discipline.™ [+]

Description: The Engineering Science curriculum provides a foundation for further study toward the bachelor's degree in engineering. As such, it parallels the first two years of engineering programs offered by major universities and is applicable to any engineering discipline. Students planning to pursue baccalaureate degrees in aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, nuclear or petroleum engineering select this program. Students with other technical interests may consider other technological curricula. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to: Solve problems in algebra, trigonometry and calculus. Solve basic problems in science and engineering. Work in teams to implement projects. Use computers for data acquisition and instrumentation control. Communicate technical information using written, verbal and graphical presentations. Transfer as engineering majors to bachelor's degree-granting institutions. Program Entry Requirements: Engineering Science is a demanding curriculum. Interested high school students are urged to complete a year of advanced high school mathematics that includes trigonometry and elementary functions. They should also complete a year each of high school chemistry and physics. Students can be admitted to the program by successfully completing MATH 161 (Precalculus I) with a grade of at least a "C" Students can also be admitted if they have at least MATH 162 (Precalculus II) placement. Students who have not taken high school physics should take PHYS 105 (Survey of Physics) or PHYS 111 (General Physics I). Program of Study and Graduation Requirements: To qualify for the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Engineering Science, a minimum of... [-]

Associate of Applied Science

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

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 USA Philadelphia

The Accounting curriculum leads to an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. Students receive training in accounting theory and generally accepted accounting techniques, as well as in basic management and related fields. [+]

Description: The Accounting curriculum leads to an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. Students receive training in accounting theory and generally accepted accounting techniques, as well as in basic management and related fields. Students are prepared for a variety of careers in both industry and government, including positions such as junior accountant, accounting trainee, accounts receivable or accounts payable technician, or tax examiner. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the Accounting curriculum, the student will be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of financial statements prepared according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), prepare journal entries and complete the accounting cycle using computerized general ledger software. Demonstrate an understanding of managerial and cost accounting concepts. Analyze and interpret financial statements for economic decision-making. Effectively communicate with users of financial information orally and in writing. Program Entry Requirements: The program is open to interested students. However, all new students are normally required to take the College's placement tests at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program. Program Of Study And Graduation Requirements: A minimum of 62 credits and a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average) are required for graduation. Accounting Course Sequence First Semester ACCT 101 - Financial Accounting ECON 181 - Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics) ENGL 101 - English Composition I MATH 151 - Linear Mathematics or MATH 161 - Precalculus I or MATH 162 - Precalculus II or MATH... [-]

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree Behavioral Health & Human Services

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 USA Philadelphia

This curriculum is designed for students interested in working with people in need. Students will have the opportunity to study human behavior and human development within the context of the psychological, social and biophysical environments in which people live. [+]

Description: This curriculum is designed for students interested in working with people in need. Students will have the opportunity to study human behavior and human development within the context of the psychological, social and biophysical environments in which people live. They will develop skills needed to work with others both one-on-one and in groups. They will develop the value base from which they will practice and learn the ethical standards of the helping professions. They will learn to appreciate and work in a multicultural environment. As a major part of their study, they will also have the opportunity to work directly with people in need by being assigned two field placements with agencies and institutions in the community. The curriculum is designed to help students interested in working in a wide variety of helping settings, including: alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities, behavioral health agencies, geriatric centers and life care facilities, youth centers, criminal justice facilities, schools serving special needs children and youth, and community outreach programs. Students will be prepared to work as substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, caseworkers, case managers, mental health counselors, health educators, social and human service assistants, and community and social service specialists. Students in the curriculum are expected to challenge their own values and personal biases as they relate to working with people. This is a personal experience that requires students to engage in activities aimed at raising self-awareness and often requires self-disclosure. Students can expect to encounter a variety of experiences during their... [-]