City College of San Francisco is a two-year community college. It consists of eleven campuses; the Ocean Avenue campus being the primary. It is the second largest collegiate institution overall and the largest junior and community college in the US. Its motto: The truth shall make you free.
City College of San Francisco was founded in 1935. The Ocean Ave. Campus opened its doors in 1940. It established the first Women's Studies program in the US and was the first educational institution to offer aircraft mechanics training for women. In 1936, the hotel and restaurant management programs were established. City College of San Francisco has the oldest program that emphasizes the culinary arts. The school has a specific gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
City College of San Francisco campuses include:
- Airport Campus
- Castro/Valencia Campus
- Alemany Campus
- Ocean Campus Main
- China/North Beach Campus
- Evans Campus
- Downtown Campus
- Mission Campus
- John Adams Campus
- Fort Mason Art Center
- Southeast Campus
City College of San Francisco is comprised of several schools, including:
- School of Business
- School of Behavioural and Social Sciences
- School of Science and Math
- School of Health and Physical Education
- School of Liberal Arts
- School of International Education and ESL
- School of Applied Sciences and Technology
The City College of San Francisco offers the Honors Program in order to provide high achieving and high potential students with great opportunities, including:
- Honors Courses and Events
- Transfer Priority
- Honors Degree Designation
The honors courses include enriched curriculum in either honors contracts or specific sections of core transfer courses. Honor students may look forward to participating in honors programs in a variety of colleges and universities.
There are a wide variety of activities for students at City College of San Francisco, including:
- Campus Ministries
- Radio station
- Musical theatre
- Symphony orchestra
- Student government
- Television station
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Dance and Film Society
There are eight Associated Students Council and over 80 student organizations and clubs within the College.
Intercollegiate athletics are offered for both men and women. Teams include:
- Cross country
Student Activities Office
Services for students of City College of San Francisco offer the following:
- Associate Students
- Family Resource Center
- Intercollegiate Athletics
- Inter-Club Council
- Women's Resource Center
- Queer Resource Center
- Student Leadership
- Student Union
- Students Supporting Students
- Multi-Cultural Center
There are literally hundreds of things to see and do in San Francisco. Take a ride on a trolley or the cable cars for stunning views of the city. Visit Union Square, which was one of San Francisco's original parks and is now surrounded by hotels and elegant shops. Take a stroll down Lombard Street just below Hyde Street for a "crooked" walking experience.
If you enjoy stunning views, see the city and the bay from Coit Tower. For a cultural experience, visit Chinatown and explore the alleys and shops.
Of course everyone should see and walk on The Golden Gate Bridge. The architecture is amazing and it's an experience you'll never forget.
There are many free venues in San Francisco. Some are only free on certain days of the month, while others are continually free. These include:
- Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
- Fort Point National Historic Site
- California Academy of Sciences
- Chinese Culture Center
- San Francisco Fire Museum
- National Maritime Museum.
Be sure to check for free drama performances and concerts in the area. These are especially popular during summer.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $4,800. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||58%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||58%||$5,164|
|Receiving Student Loans||4%||$5,559|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and alumni, City College of San Francisco may offer student services like:
- Online classes
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Student employment
- Helping students find work after graduation
- Day care for children
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 this school compares against other community colleges in San Francisco County and community colleges in California as a whole.
|City College of San Francisco||San Francisco County||California|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Assistant Program
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1961)
- Radiology Technician Program
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1970)
- Radiation Therapist Program
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1988)
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.
Get more information about the programs offered by City College of San Francisco by clicking the request information to the right.
(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
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Natural Resources and Conservation
Personal and Culinary Services
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
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