• 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

Community College of Philadelphia serves 13,672 students (31% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is higher than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 74% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 39%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 13,672 students
  • In-state tuition: $9,360
  • Out-state tuition: $13,800
  • Student:teacher ratio: 13:1
  • Minority enrollment: 74%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Community College of Philadelphia ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 1,020 teachers has grown by 68% over five years.
Community College of Philadelphia
(PA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Private not-for-profit
Total Faculty
1,020 staff
56 staff
This chart display total faculty of Community College of Philadelphia and community college average number of faculty in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Student Body

The student population of Community College of Philadelphia has declined by 20% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has decreased from 16:1 over five years.
The Community College of Philadelphia diversity score of 0.75 is more than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
13,672 students
419 students
This chart display the total enrollment of Community College of Philadelphia and community college average number of enrollment of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
12:1
This chart display the student staff ratio of Community College of Philadelphia and community college average student staff ratio of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Full-Time Students
4,276 students
282 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time students enrollment of Community College of Philadelphia and average number of community college Full-time students enrollment of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Part-Time Students
9,396 students
165 students
This chart display the total number of Part-time students enrollment of Community College of Philadelphia and average number of community college Part-time students enrollment of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Community College of Philadelphia.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of PA.
# Enrollment Undergraduate
123 students
312 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
4,276 students
297 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time undergraduate students enrollment of Community College of Philadelphia and average number of community college Full-time undergraduate  students enrollment of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
18 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
9,396 students
166 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
21 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
313 students
% Asian
10%
4%
This chart display the percentage of Asian students in Community College of Philadelphia and the percentage of Asian community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Hispanic
15%
9%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Community College of Philadelphia and the percentage of Hispanic community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Black
38%
12%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Community College of Philadelphia and the percentage of Black community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% White
26%
61%
This chart display the percentage of White students in Community College of Philadelphia and the percentage of White community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Two or more races
3%
2%
This chart display the percentage of Two or more races students in Community College of Philadelphia and the percentage of Two or more races community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Non Resident races
4%
1%
This chart display the percentage of Non Resident students in Community College of Philadelphia and the percentage of Non Resident community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Unknown races
3%
11%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Community College of Philadelphia.
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in PA.
Diversity Score
0.75
0.59
This chart display the diversity score of Community College of Philadelphia and the community college average diversity score of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
10.77%
0.91%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of Community College of Philadelphia and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.05%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$34,900
$34,900
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Community College of Philadelphia and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of PA by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $9,360 is less than the state average of $9,555. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $13,800 is less than the state average of $14,397. The out-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$9,360
$9,555
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of Community College of Philadelphia and the public community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Out-State Tuition Fees
$13,800
$14,397
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Community College of Philadelphia and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
83%
92%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Community College of Philadelphia and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$11,338
$13,620
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Community College of Philadelphia and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,250
$6,234
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Community College of Philadelphia and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
85%
SAT Reading
n/a
450
SAT Math
n/a
465
SAT Writing
n/a
435
ACT Composite
n/a
20
ACT English
n/a
18
ACT Math
n/a
20
ACT Writing
n/a
7
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Community College of Philadelphia cost?

Community College of Philadelphia's tuition is approximately $9,360 for In-State students and $13,800 for Out-State students.

What is Community College of Philadelphia's ranking?

Community College of Philadelphia ranks among the top 20% of community college in Pennsylvania for: Diversity in US community colleges, Average community college minority breakdown, Largest student body and Highest completion rates.

Recent Articles

How Community Colleges Are Changing Remedial Education
How Community Colleges Are Changing Remedial Education
Remedial education exists to help struggling students succeed in college-level classes. Unfortunately, the existing model may be doing more harm than good. Keep reading to learn more about the history of remedial education and what community colleges are doing to change it.
Does Money Motivate College Completion? New Task Force Says Yes
Does Money Motivate College Completion? New Task Force Says Yes
We look at the recommendations for improving completion rates in a new report issued by the Complete College Ohio Task Force, which includes financial incentives.
Remedial Education Leaves Many Colleges in a Quandary
Remedial Education Leaves Many Colleges in a Quandary
Although many students need some remedial education before beginning college coursework, statistics show dismal completion rates for those who begin in remedial classes. We take a closer look at the problem, as well as some of the ways colleges are tackling it.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 13,672 students
  • In-state tuition: $9,360
  • Out-state tuition: $13,800
  • Student:teacher ratio: 13:1
  • Minority enrollment: 74%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Related School Videos

Did You Know?

Philadelphia County, PA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.72, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Philadelphia County, PA is ASPIRA City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

Quick Links