Facts & Statistics
Credit Requirements - Full Time
Credit Requirements - Part Time
Average Credits Per Course
Average Course Load - Full Time
Average Course Load - Part Time
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
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.
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.