Academic Experience

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3 College Junior

Academic Experience: It could be better if the school was well founded.

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: They are great transfer programs to other colleges and universities.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: My major is highly competitive. CCSF is doing the best they can to raise my chances.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I received a heavy workload each semester. The curriculum feels like that of a 4 year university yet it is still doable.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: The nursing prerequisites and program are impacted and difficult to get into. There are many science classes that most people fail or barley pass.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 6th
    Best Class Sizes
  • 1362nd
    Most Accessible Professors
  • 1507th
    Least Stressful Workloads
  • 1528th
    Best Class Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Most students are happy with their academic experience at the City College of San Francisco. With a teaching staff that cares deeply about student success, the City College helps many students transfer to well-established four-year universities at the end of their stay, with students taking with them the knowledge and skills they acquired while attending the College. Because most class sizes are moderately small, students can get to know their instructors and fellow classmates fairly well. At City College, learning is a group experience; there is a sense of shared learning. Flexibility allows students to plan their schedules around their own lives, which also enables students to decide for themselves how much time and energy they want to invest in school. Although this means that students get more control, it does not mean that stress is completely eliminated. Most deadlines for assignments, midterms, and finals are due around the same time, and good time management and study habits are still required in order to succeed in classes. 

City College is known for its passionate instructors, and students are seldom disappointed by the level of energy that instructors bring to classes. The instructors at City College are also encouraging and supportive: nothing makes them happier than the knowledge that their students are getting into good four-year colleges and that they are making a difference out there in the community.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
  • School of Applied Science and Technology
  • School of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Health and Physical Education
  • School of International Education and ESL
  • School of Liberal Arts
  • School of Science and Mathematics
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
Most Popular Majors
  • Biological and Physical Sciences: Unknown
  • Child Care Provider: Unknown
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Unknown
  • Social Science Research Methods: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: Yes
Weekend/Evening College: No
Teacher Certification: No
Class Sizes
Most classes are moderately small, and unlike at other larger universities, you will not find large lectures seating more than a hundred students. Most classes have up to 30 or 40 students at the most. This is largely because of the small size of the classrooms that limit the number of students each class can have.
Student/Professor Relationships
Students and instructors often form close bonds, and some students even stay in touch with instructors after leaving City College.
Testing & Grading Procedures
This can vary depending on the course, but, in general, there are two examinations: the midterm and the finals. Some instructors will choose to have more tests over the course of the semester, while others will require essays to be turned in; some professors may even arrange for group work and student presentations. The course expectations and grading policies are usually explained clearly in the first lesson.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
It depends on the class. Some classes will have writing exercises and quizzes in a typical day, while others will simply stick with class discussion. Some professors will lecture and only grade midterms and finals.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
A course, from start to finish, is typically between 16 and 18 weeks long. A course will involve a midterm and a final, but other than these tests, there can be a lot of reading, in-class essays, in-class discussions, and sometimes even group projects. However, these variables are all dependent on the class and the instructor.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
Seize opportunities and become involved
Tips to Succeed
Get to know what is expected from a class, and talk to other students who have taken some of the classes you're interested in taking. Getting to know the instructors and their teaching styles before taking a class will help you figure out which teachers might be compatible with your own learning style.
Full-Time Faculty
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 8%
Asian American: 19%
Hispanic: 10%
International: 5%
Native American: 1%
White: 54%
Unknown: 3%
Average Faculty Salary
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 101 responses

  • 28% Applicable to the real world
  • 24% Will advance my career
  • 23% Learned a lot of new things
  • 12% Learned a few new things
  • 11% Will help me switch careers
  • 2% Waste of time
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know


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