A. Overview

Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Community College of Philadelphia sits in one of the most vibrant urban centers on the East Coast. Founded in 1964, the College acquired the historic Philadelphia Mint building, which is now the centerpiece of the campus. Philadelphia, also known as the “city of brotherly love”, is Pennsylvania’s largest city. Its rich history is on display at the Liberty Bell, Valley Forge National Historical Park, and Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed). Also iconic are the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, immortalized by Sylvester Stallone’s run in the flm "Rocky." All around town, visitors will fnd places to try Philadelphia’s famous cheesesteaks, an American classic.

With its cultured metropolitan location, Community College of Philadelphia attracts students from a wide range of ages, interests, and backgrounds. In addition to exploring the city’s restaurants, museums, and parks, students enjoy a diverse campus life full of clubs, organizations, and athletic activities.

Mission: Community College of Philadelphia is an open-admission, associate-degree-granting institution which provides access to higher education for all. Its programs of study in the liberal arts and
sciences, career technologies, and basic academic skills provide a coherent foundation for college transfer, employment, and lifelong learning. The College serves Philadelphia by preparing its students to be informed and concerned citizens, active participants in the cultural life of the city, and enabled to meet the changing needs of business, industry and the professions. To help address broad economic, cultural and political concerns in the city and beyond, the College draws together students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds and seeks to provide the programs and
support they need to achieve their goals.

Vision: To serve Philadelphia as a premier learning institution where student success exemplifes the strength of a diverse, urban community college.

Values: Integrity. Academic Excellency. Diversity. Commitment to teaching and learning. Communication. Respect.

Available Courses

- Architecture and Construction
- Art, Design and Media
- Business and Technology
- Health Care
- Law and Public Service
- Liberal Arts
- Science
- Social and Human Services
- Technical/Trade


United States
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Financial documents

The financial documents required for the application process include the Financial Support Document, which must be completed by you and all sponsors financially supporting you, as well as proof of available funds.

You must submit either a recent OFFICIAL bank statement or letter on bank letterhead (translated into English) for each person listed as a sponsor. A total of $24,900 must be available. The bank statement must be less than six months old. Bank statements are accepted in all currencies but must be written or translated into English.

Other acceptable evidence of financial support includes bank loans for educational purposes, scholarship letters, investment statements indicating liquid assets and/or government funding.
Need to take the TOEFL, IELTS or SAT.
We do not require any of these tests—students are given a placement test in English and math upon arrival. If you have taken the TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT, you may be waived from a portion of the placement test if you have received one of the scores below :

  • TOEFL: 560 Paper (5 in Writing), 213 Computer (5 in Writing), 77 iBT (20 in Writing)
  • IELTS: 6.0 Overall (6.0 in Writing)
  • SAT: 510 Critical Reading, 470 Math
  • ACT: 21 English, 17 Math