San Diego City College

San Diego, CA

Brief Description

Situated in the center of downtown San Diego on a 60-acre urban campus of 40 buildings surrounded by the I-5 freeway in southern California, San Diego City College is a comprehensive public two-year community college. As one of the 109 other public colleges in the California Community College system, City College is a truly multicultural institution that is committed to providing open access to meet the ever-changing educational, cultural, and economic needs of the urban core of San Diego.

Currently celebrating its centennial year, San Diego City College was first established in 1914 when the Board of Education authorized the foundation of post-secondary classes for the youth of the San Diego metropolitan area. As the first community college in San Diego and the third in California, the school was initially split into three entities for the San Diego Vocational High School, San Diego College of Arts and Sciences, and the San Diego Evening Junior College. By the 1970s, massive enrollment increases resulted in a major expansion project to merge the colleges into one system to accommodate over 16,000 students each semester.

With over 100 majors to choose from, San Diego City College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). With courses provided in general, lower-division, and occupational or career education, City College grants associates degree, certificate, and transfer degree programs. Among the most popular disciplines available at San Diego City College are alcohol and drug abuse counseling, cooling and heating technologies, cosmetology, graphic design, machinery manufacturing, nursing, radio and television broadcasting, and small business operations.

Since City College understands how important it is for students to get involved in campus life to build long-lasting professional and personal connections, the Inter Club Council is home to more than 25 recognized student clubs in a wide range of special interests. For those who are athletically inclined, the San Diego City College Knights sponsor intercollegiate teams in badminton, baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball for competition in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) of the CCCAA. Some of the most notable former Knights include film director Cameron Crowe, actor Cleavon Little, NFL Pete Adams, Costco CEO James Sinegal, and MLB player Sergio Mitre.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 27165

Total institution enrollment: 27165

School type: 2-year public

School classification: Associate's Colleges: These institutions offer associate's degree and certificate programs but, with few exceptions, award no baccalaureate degrees.

Campus Location

Main Address

San Diego City College
1313 12th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101


(619) 388-3400


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 45%

Female undergraduate population: 55%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Associate's, Two but less than 4 years

Accounting And Finance
Adult And Continuing Teacher Education
Alcohol / Drug Abuse Counseling
Auto / Automotive Body Repairer
Automotive Mechanic / Technician
Biology General
Business Administration And Management
Business General
Chemistry General
Child Care And Guidance Workers And Management
Commercial Photography
Communications Other
Computer And Information Sciences Other
Custom Tailor
Drafting General
Drama / Theater Arts General
Electrical / Electronics Equipment Installer
Electrical And Power Transmission Installation
Engineering General
Engineering Related Technologies / Technician
English Language And Literature General
Ethnic And Cultural Studies Other
Foreign Languages And Literatures General
French Language And Literature
Graphic Design Commercial Art And Illustration
Health And Physical Education General
Heating / Air Conditioning Refrigeration
History General
Industrial Manufacturing Technology / Technician
Labor / Personnel Relations And Studies
Landscaping Operations And Management
Legal Administrative Assistant / Secretary
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Machine Shop Assistant
Music General
Nursing Rn Training
Paralegal / Legal Assistant
Physics General
Political Science And Government General
Psychology General
Public Administration And Services Other
Radio And Television Broadcasting Technology
Real Estate
Social Sciences General
Spanish Language And Literature
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Teacher Assistant / Aide
Welder / Welding Technologist