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Academic Flexibility


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4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: With the program I am in I get first priority in classes so it is very easy to get a good schedule

4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: CCSF provides a ton of classes in every subject so you find it very easy to find a class to fit your schedule.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: MOST classes have multiple sections, though for some, I had to wait for the following year to take a class because they may have only been offered every other semester so if I missed a class that was only offered in the spring, I had to wait for the following spring to take it, or find a different class I may not be as interested in to replace the other.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: I didn't have any trouble with choosing classes or transferring my credits.

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4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: One of the wonderful commodities of CCSF are the wide range of classes offered for working adults wanting to return to school.


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City College of San Francisco has a large number of working students. The scheduling of classes is flexible and depends entirely upon the individual's needs. The only difficulty that students might encounter is that certain classes are only available during the day. However, the requirement classes and general education classes required for transfer are available at night for students who have full-time day jobs. While night classes are convenient, one difficulty night students sometimes face is that most of the learning assistance and resource centers are closed at night, which makes getting additional help and resources a challenge for night students. However, most instructors are understanding and are often happy to give additional help to make up for the lack of resources. All a student has to do is ask.

City College also has several other campuses around the city and each campus offers different classes. Most basic classes, however, can be found on all of the campuses, which gives working students more choices when planning school around their work. Online and TV classes are also available for students who prefer to work on their own schedule. 

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
6 credits
Average Credits Per Course
Average Course Load - Full Time
4 course(s)
Average Course Load - Part Time
2 course(s)
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
16 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
8 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Tips for Earning Credits
  • If you are particularly strong in a subject, you can sometimes take a series of tests and test out of the subject and move on to the appropriate level.
  • There are specific work-study courses that allow you to work for credit.
Academic/Testing Requirements
There is no minimum requirement for admission into City College. However, there is a placement test for all new students that is a part of the matriculation process. The placement test has two sections: an English section and a math section. Students can choose to take an ESL (English as Second Language) section of the test, or they can take the regular English test, depending on their needs. This placement test will place students into the appropriate English and math classes, ensuring that every student gets the right help.
Transferring Credits In & Out
In general, transferring credits out of CCSF into accredited four-year universities is an easy process. Most of the classes at City College are accredited and accepted by the UC (University of California) system and the CSU (California State University) system. Transferring credits into City College from other schools is also fairly common, but it depends on the schools the credits are being transferred from, and sometimes additional work is required in determining which class is equivalent of the credit. The good news is that City College provides a counseling department that focuses on helping students with transfer questions.
Work & Life Experience Credits
City College of San Francisco does not offer work and life experience credits-although some instructors offer credit for volunteering and other community services.
Typical Session Length
Typically, fall sessions run from mid-August to mid-December, while spring sessions run from mid-January to mid-May. Summer sessions typically are shorter and run from June through August. However, due to the recent State budget cuts, summer session has been removed, and it is not certain whether City College will continue to provide summer sessions in the near future.
Class Style & Structure
This varies quite a bit depending on the class and instructor. Most of the time, classes are conducted as lectures, but there are often discussions, group work, and presentations, as well. Some classes have lab sessions, and others conduct excursion trips. It really depends on the nature of the class and the instructor's teaching method.
Course Registration Process
The process of signing up for classes is easy, although getting some of the high-demand classes is not. Students can register for classes online, using Web4. They can also add and drop classes online. The problem, however, is that some of the prerequisite classes are highly impacted, and registration dates are given based on seniority of students. This means that newer students often cannot get their needed classes online. Most instructors provide wait lists to alleviate the problem, and many also add students on the very first day. But, in general, there tends to be more students than classes at City College.
Did You Know?
City College of San Francisco has 11 campuses around the city, and the campuses are spread out into different communities, reaching out to a diverse group of students. Many of these other campuses offer great ESL (English as Second Language) classes to the many immigrants who live in San Francisco.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 139 responses

Very hard
Very easy
  • Attending classes
  • Completing and submitting assignments
  • Enrollment process
  • Receiving financial aid
  • Scheduling classes
  • Transferring credits

How were your transfer credits awarded?    Based on 120 responses

  • 26% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 11% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 5% They only replaced electives.
  • 11% None of my credits transferred.
  • 48% I'm a first-time student, so I had no credits to transfer.

Can you reasonably schedule classes around your work and family commitments?    Based on 120 responses

  • 68% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 24% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 8% No, I've had to completely reshuffle my personal schedule to get to classes.

Did your school follow through with granting you the credit they estimated before you started?    Based on 119 responses

  • 50% Yes
  • 7% No
  • 44% Non-applicable
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