An Overview of City College


City College of San Francisco (CCSF) is a public, two-year community college accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community & Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  Since its founding in 1935, City College has evolved into a multicultural, multi-campus community college that is one of the largest in the country.  CCSF offers courses in more than 50 academic programs and over 100 occupational disciplines.  There is a full range of credit courses leading to the Associate of Arts and Science degrees, most of which meet the general education requirements for transfer to a four-year colleges and universities. 

Academic Life

Associate degrees are granted in academic programs such as Broadcasting, Business, Computer Science, Culinary Arts, Engineering, Fashion, Graphic Communications, Health Care, Nursing, Physical Education and Dance, as well as Women’s Studies. The College’s Honors Program provides students an enhanced educational experience along with potential transfer and scholarship benefits. CCSF employs 815 full-time and 1,035 part-time faculty, 95 percent of whom have master’s degrees and nearly 250 holding doctorates.

Campus Life

The Student Activities Office provides resources, support and leadership training for eight Associated Students Councils and more than 80 clubs and student organizations.  It sponsors a wide variety of concerts and lectures throughout the year.  It funds the Book Loan Program, Dr. Betty Shabazz Family Resource Center, Multi-Cultural Resource Center, Queer Resource Center, Student Health, Students Supporting Students mentoring program, and Women’s Resource Center.

Students can also avail themselves of the Fitness Center, enjoy nationally ranked intercollegiate sports, and participate in the College’s award-winning intercollegiate Speech and Debate Program. The College also features a student-run newspaper, The Guardsman, television and radio stations. Performances given by students in music, dance, and theatre Arts further enhance campus life.

Facilities and Resources

Successful Bond initiatives have allowed City College to embark on construction of new campus facilities including the Mission and Chinatown/North Beach Campuses, the Community Health and Wellness Center, the Student Health Services Center, the Child Development, and the joint-use classroom building with San Francisco State University. The Performing Arts Center and an Advanced Technology Building are in the design phase.

City College has over 70 computer labs with about 2100 computers comprising Windows PCs and Macs.  Windows PCs and some Macintoshes are available to CCSF students who require Internet connectivity and Microsoft Office applications. Computers are available in the Academic Computing Resource Center (Batmale 301), and in the College's Louise and Claude Rosenberg, Jr., Library on the Ocean Campus which features a Language Center, a Learning Assistance Center, and a Media Center.

Athletics / Sports

Intercollegiate athletics are offered for men and women. College teams compete in the Coast Conference and with teams from other colleges. Intercollegiate sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, soccer, softball, tennis, track, badminton, volleyball, and judo. City College of San Francisco Football Teams has won eight national championships.

Financial Aid / Tuition

In-state enrollment fees are affordable at City College.  California residents pay $46 per credit. Financial aid is available including grants, college work-study, and loans. Students may apply for these programs by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Nonresident tuition fee is an additional $187 per credit. There is a $17 health fee. Students who are California residents may apply for a Board of Governors Fee Waiver.