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About Community College of Philadelphia

Community College of Philadelphia provides an affordable education that prepares you for transfer to a four-year college or university and for your future career. Affordable tuition and opportunities for financial assistance make it easy for you to pursue your goals. With a range of student support services, campus life activities and intercollegiate athletics, the College provides an excellent, well-rounded college experience that will help you achieve your educational goals.



Total Students


Student Ratio
Female 63%
Male 37%


Total Faculty


Student/Faculty Ratio
24 : 1


Estimated Cost



Why International Students Choose Us

Cost Effective, Quality Education

The Community College of Philadelphia offers an affordable education that will prepare you for a career or for a transfer to a four-year college or university. It is common for international students to earn an associate's degree before transferring to a four-year college, which allows them time to get used to college life, earn transferable credits and save money.

Small Class Sizes

The average class size at Community College of Philadelphia is 22 people, meaning more individualized instruction from faculty. Our instructors and lecturers truly care about you and assume an active role in helping you to develop your strengths and goals.

Individualized Attention

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

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Many international students find it beneficial to take English classes to enhance their college experience. After taking placement tests and evaluating the results with an international student counselor, we help pick the program and classes that best fit your English language needs. The College's ESL program will help to enhance your English skills and empower you to get the most out of your experience in the United State.

Ideal Location

Our Main Campus is easily accessible by train, bus or car and is situated near the heart of Philadelphia and the city’s Museum district. The College also has three Regional Centers in Northwest, Northeast and West Philadelphia, along with several neighborhood sites to remain accessible to all of our students.

As one of the largest cities in the U.S., Philadelphia has plenty to offer. The city, located between Washington D.C. and New York City is both historically significant and culturally unique. Both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were penned in Philadelphia. Besides its rich array of cultural activities, Philadelphia also offers world-class dining, an exceptional theater and arts district, and a vibrant social scene. Whether you are interested in exploring the past, experiencing the outdoors or attending a professional sporting event, Philadelphia has plenty to offer!

International Admissions

Community College of Philadelphia has a diverse and culturally-rich student population, including representatives from more than 60 countries, as well as regional students representing many ethnic backgrounds. Situated in the “City of Brotherly Love” and known for its cultural events and historic importance, international students are quick to feel at home at Community College of Philadelphia.

Ready to apply? The first step is to complete the online application for international students. Learn more about how to apply to Community College of Philadelphia.

Here are some helpful things you will need to know:

Application Deadlines:
  • Fall Semester: July 1; Spring Semester: Nov. 1
Application Documents:
  • High School Record: OFFICIAL academic records or transcripts translated into English, preferable high school (secondary school) completion/graduation certificate or diploma.
  • Financial Documents: A recent and OFFICIAL bank statement or letter on bank letter head (translated into English) and demonstrating a minimum amount of $26,300 USD. The bank statement must be less than 6 months old. Bank statements are accepted in all currencies but must be written or translated into English.
  • Affidavit of Support Form: The Financial Support Document should be signed by you and your sponsor. Please note that the name on the bank statement and the name on the Financial Support Document must match. If the bank statement is in your name, then a Financial Support Document is not necessary.
  • A signed Acknowledgement of F-1 Rules and Responsibilities form.
  • A copy of the student’s passport photo page
Optional Documents:
  • TOEFL/SAT Scores


The College offers a wide variety of programs that prepare you to start an in-demand career after graduation or continue your education. Our programs provide a foundation for careers in architecture and construction; art, design and media; business and technology; health care; law and public service; liberal arts; science; social and human services; and technical programs such as automotive technology and culinary arts.

If you plan on earning your bachelor’s degree, save money by completing an associate’s degree here. Tuition is more affordable than four-year colleges and universities, so you will spend less—much less—for your bachelor’s degree. Our transfer partnerships, called Dual Admissions agreements, make it easy to transfer to another college after earning your associate's degree here.

Our International Community

Community College of Philadelphia has a culturally rich student population, representing students from over 50 countries, along with many across all of the regions of the U.S. Many students choose to join the International Student Organization, which plans day trips and other activities around the College.The annual International Festival celebrates the diversity of our students and allows people to spread the experience of their native customs. Other events take place throughout the year to help unite the community and add to the international experience.

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. There is always a way to get involved on campus, whether it be in sports, the arts or any other of your interests!

Student Characteristics:

  • More than half (53%) are 25 or older, and the median age is 25.
  • There are more women (62%) than men.

There are diverse groups of students:

  • African-American 53.4%
  • White 23.9%
  • Hispanic/Latino 12.4%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 9.9%
  • Native American 0.4%
  • Approximately 76% are minority students.
  • More than half (62%) are enrolled in transfer or liberal arts programs; 18% enrolled in career programs; 20% enrolled in noncredit, continuing education coursework.

Campus Activities

To make the most of your college experience and meet new people, get involved in some of the College’s many activities. Join a club, participate in student government or catch a movie! We offer numerous sports for men and women in addition to more than 40 student clubs and organizations. Our Athletics Center features two regulation-size basketball courts, a fitness center and exercise rooms for dance and martial arts. There are many ways to enrich your college years.

The Office of International Student Services offers many activities and resources for our international students:

  • Group arrival and orientation meetings to introduce you to the College and the International Student Services office
  • Assistance with initial arrival steps and immigration matters
  • Social activities, such as dinner outings, International Student Organization activities and trips to sights of interest.

Students & Faculty

  • 28,264Total Students
  • 10,458Male Students
  • 17,806Female Students
  • 2,704Total Intl Students
  • 1,172Intl Male Students
  • 1,532Intl Female Students
  • 1,146Total Faculty
  • 424Male Faculty
  • 722Female Faculty
  • 24:1Student/Fac Ratio
*All data is provided by the school or compiled from IPEDS as of May 2013

Degrees & Programs

Accounting and Related Services, Other
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
Art/Art Studies, General
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Behavioral Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Technology/Technician
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Chemical Technology/Technician
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Computer Programming, Other
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Creative Writing
Culinary Arts and Related Services, Other
Culinary Arts/Chef Training
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Digital Arts
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Education, General
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician
Engineering Technology, General
Engineering, General
English Language and Literature, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Facilities Planning and Management
Family and Community Services
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician
Fire Science/Fire-fighting
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services
General Studies
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
Geography, Other
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
Human Services, General
Information Technology
Interior Design
International/Global Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Mathematics, General
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Music Performance, General
Music, General
Network and System Administration/Administrator
Nursing Practice
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant
Physical Sciences
Precision Production, Other
Psychology, General
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Recording Arts Technology/Technician
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Religion/Religious Studies
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager
Restaurant/Food Services Management
Rhetoric and Composition
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Science, Technology and Society
Secondary Education and Teaching
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
Social Work
Social Work, Other
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
Youth Services/Administration

International Student Services

International students are an important part of the student population at Community College of Philadelphia. With more than 150 students from more than 50 countries, our International Student Services Office is ready to help you in any way we can.

International Student Services (ISS) provides many resources for international students who are in F-1 nonimmigrant status. We offer individual advising and services in the following areas:

  • Immigration matters, such as obtaining F-1 student visas, maintaining full-time enrollment, transferring administration of your SEVIS I-20 record between schools, and traveling outside of the United States
  • Filing annual tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue
  • Employment restrictions and options and obtaining work authorization
  • Information about medical insurance coverage
  • Adjustment to Community College of Philadelphia and to life in Philadelphia and the United States
  • Providing letters for verification of your F-1 status for various purposes, such as obtaining a Pennsylvania state driver's license or identification cards
  • Counselor available to assist ESL and international students with course and program planning

ISS also offers the following programs, activities and resources:

  • Group arrival and orientation meetings to introduce you to the College and ISS
  • Assistance with initial arrival steps, such as opening bank accounts, obtaining a driver's license or state identification card, registering for classes, and other necessary information
  • Social activities, such as dinner outings, International Student Organization activities and trips to sights of interest

Core Values


The College places fairness and honesty at the center of all of its policies and operations. We uphold the highest ethical standards in striving for academic and professional integrity in all that we do. We strive to be both responsible and responsive in utilizing resources to meet student and community needs.

Academic Excellence

The College sets, expects and maintains high educational standards consistent with the needs of the students, region and changing workforce. Our faculty and staff are committed to providing high-quality, innovative, and flexible educational opportunities and services in an accessible, student-centered environment.


The College embraces and understands the importance of providing an education and environment that promotes the uniqueness of students, faculty, staff and the communities that we serve. We affirm that diversity is crucial to a democratic society, as it enriches the educational experience and celebrates differences among individuals.

Commitment to Teaching and Learning

The College functions as a learning organization, continually adapting, improving and evaluating its services to promote lifelong intellectual and personal development. We believe that learning is rooted in both curiosity and inquiry, and is engendered by dedicated, creative and enthusiastic teaching which utilizes appropriate, optimal modes of delivery. Technology supports and serves the learning process.


The College is committed to effective, open and proactive communication. We take responsibility to listen, speak and write clearly to inform others and foster collaboration by using and respecting a matrix of communication channels. Collaborative partnerships are strengthened when communication is ongoing and productive.


The College promotes respect, civility and courtesy in our day-to-day interactions with others. We seek to instill respect for and appreciation of members of the College community, our facilities, our environment, our community and the institution in which we work.

History. Museums. Cuisine. Theatre. Nightlife.
You will find it all in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia, located between New York and Washington, D.C., is the fifth largest U.S. city and the second largest on the East Coast. Home of the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia is one of the most historic cities in the country. Both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were written here in Philadelphia. Besides an array of cultural activities, Philadelphia also offers world-class cuisine, an exceptional theatre and arts district, and a vibrant nightlife. It is a terrific place to explore the past, experience the outdoors or attend a professional sporting event.

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