San Jose City College

2100 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA

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San Jose City College, located in San Jose, California, was founded in 1921 and is one of the 112 community colleges that constitute the California Community College System. Originally known as San Jose Junior College, the school was renamed in 1958; five years after the San Jose School District took over operation of the school from San Jose State College. The school was then given an independent community college district which currently includes San Jose, Milpitas as well as portions of other neighboring cities, serving over 700,000 residents within its service area. Originally located in downtown San Jose, the school moved to a new permanent home on Moorpark Avenue.


San Jose City College is a public, two year institution that provides education in the form of transfer, degree and career training opportunities. Academic transfer programs allow students to pursue a four year education at lower cost by completing a curriculum that mirrors the first two years of a bachelor's degree program. Once completed, the student will apply for transfer to a four year institution to complete their education and earn their degree. Career training programs provide education and skill development in a high demand field or industry for the purposes of long term employment after graduation. Programs take between one and two years to complete and result in a degree or certificate upon completion.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Individuals wishing to enroll at San Jose City College must be at least eighteen years of age or have a high school diploma or equivalent. Individuals must submit an application and pay all fees, as well as submit transcripts and test scores if available. Participation in orientation is encouraged, as is meeting with a counselor to discuss program enrollment. Some students will be required to take a placement exam prior to registration.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students are asked to complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which will be used by the financial aid department to determine the extent of a student's needs and their aid program eligibility when constructing and aid packet. Aid must be reapplied for each academic year and should be applied for in a timely manner in order to ensure that funds are disbursed when needed.


The San Jose City College Jaguars participate in inter collegiate athletics through the California Community College Athletics Association, which allows students to compete with other schools within the system. The school has a long tradition of athletic excellence with many athletes going on to Olympic level competition over the seven decades of athletics offered by the school. Individuals interested in participating must maintain a minimum standard of academic excellence as determined by the school and may find additional information regarding forms and tryout through the athletics office or online.

Athletics programs:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country
  • Track and Field
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $11,300. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $1,300-$1,500
    • Out-of-State: $6,900-$8,232
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $46-$55 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $250-$290 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid73%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships72%$4,298
Receiving Student Loans4%$4,891

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, San Jose City College may offer services including:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Student employment
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how San Jose City College compares against other community colleges in Santa Clara County and community colleges in California as a whole.

 San Jose City CollegeSanta Clara CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate22.4%36.6%24.3%
Transfer-out Rate19.3%14.7%13.8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Assistant Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1961)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal and Culinary Services

Physical Sciences

Precision Production


Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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