Community College of Philadelphia

Tel: (215)751-8000
19,058 students
Public institution
Community College of Philadelphia is an open-admission, associate's degree-granting institution which provides access to higher education for all who may benefit. Its programs of study in the liberal arts and sciences, career technologies, and basic academic skills provide a coherent foundation for college transfer, employment, and lifelong learning. The College serves Philadelphia by preparing its students to be informed and concerned citizens, active participants in the cultural life of the city, and enabled to meet the changing needs of business, industry and the professions. To help address broad economic, cultural and political concerns in the city and beyond, the College draws together students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds and seeks to provide the programs and support they need to achieve their goals.
School Highlights:
highlights checkmark
Community College of Philadelphia serves 19,058 students (26.62% of students are full-time).
highlights checkmark
The college's student:teacher ratio of 31:1 is higher than the community college average of -:1.
highlights checkmark
Minority enrollment is 78% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 41%.
highlights checkmark
Community College of Philadelphia is one of 13 community colleges within Philadelphia County, PA.
highlights checkmark
The nearest community college is The Art Institute of Philadelphia (0.80 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 621 teachers has declined by 21% over five years.
Community College of Philadelphia Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 621 staff
60 staff

Student Body

The student population of 19,058 teachers has grown by 10% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 31:1 has increased from 22:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.59 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 19,058 students 1,288 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 31:1
# Full-Time Students 5,074 students
814 students
# Part-Time Students 13,984 students
1,024 students
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
3% 2%
% Unknown races
% Non Resident races
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.59 0.53

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $9,360 is more than the state average of $5,668. The in-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $13,800 is more than the state average of $10,252. The out-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $9,360 $5,694
Out-State Tuition Fees $13,800 $10,252
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 87%
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

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 from the federal government the building at 1700 Spring Garden Street that had housed the third Philadelphia Mint and eventually would become the centerpiece of its permanent campus. Community College of Philadelphia is the only public institution of higher education in the City. Since 1965, over 500,000 students have passed through our doors seeking associate's degrees, certificates, improved workplace skills and lifelong learning. Many of our degree students transfer to four-year institutions while others seek employment in the Philadelphia region. Over 90 percent of our graduates remain in the area and seek employment, strengthening our local economy and workforce. Local businesses look to us to provide workplace training to keep their workers skilled and their companies competitive. The college offers over 70 degree and certificate programs in art, science, business, technology and liberal arts. Classes are held during the day, in the evening and on Saturdays at the Main Campus, our three Regional Centers and at neighborhood sites throughout the City. Distance education classes are also available. The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Nearby Schools:

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Philadelphia
    1622 Chestnut Street
    PhiladelphiaPA 19103
    0.80 Mi | 2,557 students
  • Philadelphia
    100 South Broad Street Suite 830
    PhiladelphiaPA 19110
    0.83 Mi | 79 students
  • Philadelphia
    3010 Market Street
    PhiladelphiaPA 19104
    1.07 Mi | 727 students
  • Philadelphia
    Peirce College
    Private not-for-profit
    1420 Pine Street
    PhiladelphiaPA 19102
    1.19 Mi | 2,160 students
  • Philadelphia
    Hussian School of Art
    Private for-profit
    The Bourse Suite 300 111 S. Independence Mall East
    PhiladelphiaPA 19106
    1.31 Mi | 90 students
Recent Articles
Why Four Year Community College Degrees May Be Great for California
Why Four Year Community College Degrees May Be Great for California
Recently, a measure passed that allows community colleges in California to offer 4 year degrees. Until now such offerings have been the sole province of other institutions. Now, the game has changed.
Community College Pathways to a Career in Air Traffic Control
Air traffic controllers enjoy secure, interesting work. Earning a degree in ATC at a community college is an excellent first step to securing a job.
Community Colleges Offer Online Options
Community colleges have responded to the needs of working adults with online options.
Related School Videos

View more school videos

Did You Know?
For Philadelphia private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,736 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.
Philadelphia community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.52, which is higher than the national average of 0.48. The most diverse community college in Philadelphia is Lincoln Technical Institute-Northeast Philadelphia. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.