City College of San Francisco is a large community college with eleven campuses throughout the San Francisco, California area. The campus locations include Ocean, Evans, John Adams, Mission, Southeast, Airport, Alemany, Castro/Valencia, Downtown, Fort Mason, and Chinatown/North Beach.
Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the college of San Francisco offers a number of associate degrees, certificates and diplomas. Students can earn associate degrees to move into entry-level positions in the workforce, or utilize them to transfer to four-year institutions and earn a bachelor’s degree.
Although City College offers degree and certificate programs in seven schools overall, the Ocean campus only offers five programs: School of Behavioral & Social Sciences; School of Business; School of Liberal Arts; School of Science & Mathematics; and, School of International Education & ESL.
The School of Behavioral & Social Sciences provides students with comprehensive knowledge of different countries and their behavioral and social skills and practices.
The School of Business prepares students for employment opportunities upon graduation. Students learn business concepts, sharpen their business skills, and obtain hands-on training.
The School of Liberal Arts offers academic programs in the following areas of study: broadcasting, art, graphic communications, film, English, gay lesbian & bisexual studies, theater arts, photography, journalism, and music.
The School of Science & Mathematics consists of 10 academic departments including astronomy, chemistry, engineering technology, computer networking & information technology, biology, architecture, computer science, physics, Earth sciences, and mathematics.
The School of International Education & ESL includes programs such as studying abroad, international programs, and English as a Second Language (ESL) program.
The other two programs are the School of Applied Science & Technology (available at the Evans campus), and the School of Health & Physical Education (available at the Adams campus).
The Ocean campus also offers distance learning, continuing education, an honors program, as well as a working adults degree program. Distance learning is offered as online, hybrid, or telecourses, allowing for different levels of flexibility.
- Online classes are fully conducted online with no on-campus meetings.
- Hybrid courses are a combination of on-campus lectures and Internet coursework. These courses are not self-paced. Instead, they follow the regular semester schedule; have assignments, quizzes, and deadlines.
- Telecourses are college courses taken at home at the student’s own pace. They are flexible and allow students to earn college credit toward an associate’s degree.
The honors program provides an enriched curriculum for students seeking a challenging learning experience.
The working adults degree program provides working adults the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree while working and use that degree to transfer to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree. This program is only offered at the Mission and Southeast campuses.
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Admissions are open to all students interested in furthering their education, who have graduated with a high school diploma or equivalent, and are at least 18 years old. Prospective students are required to fill out and submit an application for admission, which can be downloaded from the school website, or can be filled out online. Students should also schedule to take the placement exams, attend student orientation, and meet with a counselor.
International students are required to fill out and submit an academic program application form, along with a non-refundable application fee, as well as send proof of transcripts and results from International TOEFL tests or the IELTS test. For additional instructions, requirements, and information regarding admissions, go to the school website.
The financial aid office offers several options to qualifying students, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work study programs. All students must fill out and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial assistance.
For a detailed listing with descriptions of aid available, go to the school website. In addition, the website provides other tools and resources to assist students with the financial aid process.
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The college serves a wide range of students including high school graduates, transfers, international students, high school students, as well as working adults.
There are many opportunities for students to be involved in campus life, including student clubs and organizations, live theater, student government, an online student newspaper—The Guardsman, an educational access cable television station, and KCSF, a student run radio station.
Other services provided include computer labs, a bookstore, a library, tutoring, counseling services, a child care center, a cafeteria and snack bar, disability services, a student health center, and a career and job placement center. In addition, students may enjoy the various area attractions as well as entertainment provided within the San Francisco community.
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The athletic department fields several intercollegiate sports teams including men’s baseball, basketball, judo, football, soccer, track & field, and cross country; as well as women’s basketball, judo, badminton, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, cross country, and volleyball. The Rams compete in the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA).
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