Community College of Philadelphia

1700 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19130-3991
Tel: (215)751-8000
  • 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 19,119 students (25% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 31:1 is higher than the state community college average of 26:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 75% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 37%.
  • Community College of Philadelphia is one of 13 community colleges within Philadelphia County, PA.
  • The nearest community college is Metropolitan Career Center Computer Technology Institute (0.80 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 607 teachers has declined by 23% over five years.
Community College of Philadelphia(PA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, for profit
Total Faculty607 staff25 staff
Community College of Philadelphia Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 19,119 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 31:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.75 is more than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has grown by 26% over five years.
Total Enrollment19,119 students571 students
Community College of Philadelphia Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio31:126:1
Community College of Philadelphia Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students4,832 students354 students
Community College of Philadelphia Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students14,287 students217 students
Community College of Philadelphia Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Community College of Philadelphia Enrollment Breakdown PA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Community College of Philadelphia Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Community College of Philadelphia Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Community College of Philadelphia Black (2007-2016)
% White
Community College of Philadelphia White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Community College of Philadelphia More (2014-2016)
% Non Resident races
Community College of Philadelphia Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Community College of Philadelphia Ethnicity Breakdown PA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.750.57
Community College of Philadelphia Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Community College of Philadelphia Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,900$34,800
Community College of Philadelphia Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $9,360 is less than the state average of $10,656. The in-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $13,800 is less than the state average of $14,063. The out-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$9,360$10,656
Community College of Philadelphia In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$13,800$14,063
Community College of Philadelphia Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid85%94%
Community College of Philadelphia % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$11,000$13,000
Community College of Philadelphia Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$6,246
Community College of Philadelphia Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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.

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Did You Know?
For Philadelphia private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $18,398 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Philadelphia community colleges have a diversity score of 0.57, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Philadelphia is Community College of Philadelphia. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.