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San Jose City College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About San Jose City College

The San Jose City College was established in 1921, making it one of the oldest community colleges in the state of California. Currently, more than 950,000 students are covered by the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District, of which the city college is member.

In fall of 2012, the San Jose City College opened a new, state-of-the-art Fine Arts building. The theater, fitness center and vocational arts buildings are all scheduled for renovation in the near future, meant to improve and grow the service offered to the school's over 18,000 students.


As a community college, San Jose offers associate's degree and certificate programs, many of which are career-oriented. While no program is designed to last more than two years, the school estimates that some programs, such as those in facilities technology or computer applications, can take as many as 24 months to complete.

In addition to traditional associate's degree and certificate programs, San Jose also offers a number of community-focused, specialty programs. This includes a 'Middle College' program, designed for high school students looking for an alternative to traditional secondary school. The college also offers the Puente program, a nationally-recognized system that helps first-in-their-family college students to attend a 4-year university by offering mentorship, counseling and writing services.

The programs at San Jose are administered by five academic divisions: business and technology, humanities and social sciences, math and science, PE/kinesiology and language arts. The PE/Kinesiology department does not run any full programs, but coordinates a number of sports and wellness courses. These include weight training, crosscountry racing, and an introduction to kinesiology course.


Admission to San Jose City College requires turning in assessment scores. A COMPASS test is used to help place students in college preparatory courses, if necessary, and does not need to be taken if the applicant submits an ACT score report. Applicants under the age of 18 will also need a high school diploma, GED or high school proficiency certificate. Though admissions are open, an application is required before students can enroll for any classes.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Beginning the summer term of 2012, San Jose City College charged $46 per unit to enroll in the school. Non-California residents will pay more than four times that amount. Due to fees assessed on a per-unit and per-semester basis, this can result in variation in the cost of different programs. High school students enrolled part-time are not required to pay the enrollment fee, but will be required to pay if attending the college full time.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Less-than-one-year-certificate
One-but-less-than-two-years certificate
Associate's degree*
Religious Affiliation Not applicable*
Academic Calendar Spring, fall semesters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 10,107 (all undergraduate) in 2011*
Student Housing None available*
Schools and Programs Five academic divisions offering more than 40 degree and certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 27 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) Less-than-one-year-certificate: Child Care Provider/Assistant (18)
One-but-less-than-two-years certificate: Cosmetology (79)
Associate's: Liberal Studies (104)
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 19% overall
19% transfer-out, students beginning in fall 2008*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
First-Year Retention Rates 59% full-time
28% part-time, students beginning fall 2010 and returning fall 2011*
Average SAT (and/or) ACT Score of Admitted Students ACT/SAT not required****
Application Due Date No deadlines****
Decision Notification Date No deadlines****
Tuition (2012-2013) $46 in-state, per unit
$199 out-of-state, per unit**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) Grant or scholarship aid (51%)
Pell grants (21%)
Federal student loans (3%) in 2010-2011*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 62% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **San Jose City College, ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, ****Bigfuture by The College Board.

School Contact Info

  • Address: 2100 Moorpark Ave., San Jose, CA 95128-2798
  • Phone: (408) 288-3700
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