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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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