About San Diego City College

Founded in 1914, San Diego City College. is a college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 16,726 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The San Diego City College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 26:1. There are 177 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at San Diego City College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate100%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
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Admissions at SDCC are considered , with ,10% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


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San Diego City College REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    18 Students rated on-campus housing 2.1 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    13 Students rated off-campus housing 3.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    22 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    22 Students rated campus facilities 4.6 stars. 73 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    22 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 64 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    20 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    22 Students rated local services 4.7 stars. 82 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    22 Students rated academics 4.4 stars. 59 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of San Diego City College?

21 Students rated San Diego City College


There is NO parking for students because it is in the middle of downtown. Don't take classes at night time if you are a female, there has been a few incidents that have either killed or harmed a female due to the lack of security. There are good teachers and they are understanding when it comes to attendance. There are plenty of ways to get to the college because there is a trolley stop across the street. Overall, what you see is what you get, after all, it IS a community college.


I adore San Diego City College. I do not understand why majority of students dislike San Diego City College. In my opinion, City College is the best of out of Miramar and Mesa college. City College is compacted but it benefits the students as you can quickly and easily get to your next class. Staff and student services are kind and willing to her you resolve your issues. The best part of San Diego City are the professors. The professors I have interacted are flexible with their office hours and genuinely want to help you master the material. Let me tell you about the location, it is beautiful! City college is within 10 minutes from the shore, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. How awesome is that!


San Diego City College is full of people who welcome you everywhere you go. Most of the staff are always welcoming, helpful, and willing to make the time for the students. I've been a student in San Diego City College for four years and I've always been treated with respect.


City has the best location being situation on the Southeast corning of Balboa Park adjacent to the East Village of downtown San Diego. Enjoy sweeping views of downtown's city construction is still underway.. This may or may not pose a problem for you unless you need a place to park. The transit system provides service from every corner of the county and a major transit stop is across the street from campus. I found the new look inspiring and felt encouraged to have chose San Diego City College for my educational needs. I could have gone to any of city colleges, San Diego City bes meets all my needs.

San Diego City College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at San Diego City College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for San Diego City College is 100%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    If i had the chance to go back in time i would definantly tell myself to try much harder! Get better grades so that you can get accepted to a four year university right away! I am currently in a community college and with all the budget cuts it is extremely hard to get the classes i need. And to be eligable to transfer to a four year university you have to take all the required classes that they have listed for you but since many of the classes got cut i find myself looking at other community colleges for the classes and it is very stressful trying to attend more then one college just to take one class. But i know that eventually all my hard work will pay off, i just really wish i would have took high school a little more serious.

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  3. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    San Diego City College is famous for its diversity, students who are of many races/ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds (as well as different countries even) come here for a quality education.

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  4. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish that i had decided on a major a little sooner. However, the one i am in now is something i really enjoy and cannot wait to go to class and learn about every day.

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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    The affordability (especially in today's economy) at San Diego City College is especially enticing. It is located in an urban environment, in the midst of downtown San Diego. You can get there by walking (if you live in downtown), car (from any freeway), bus, and trolley. The teachers there are generally very good and well-educated themselves. They care about their students' success and that is always appreciated!

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  6. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    What I consider the worst thing about my college is that there are many kids with special needs that are unable to do everything by themselves and they need help instead of more money going to those types of kids they waist in on unnecessary things. A lot of money goes to the health center and many of us don?t even use the health center. I meet one friend that was unable to see and because of the too many problems with getting around school he quit college and I believe that is unfair.

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  7. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The commute is sometimes frustrating becasue I do not have a car. It is very upsetting when I have to take the bus and the trolley during the rush hours. It would be very helpful if I had a car because it could cut my commute time more than half and I would have more time to study and do other things that are important.

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  8. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    A nice old campus with a gorgeous view of downtown San Diego and the Coronado Bridge with the ocean on the background.

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  9. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    What I brag most about college is that my college has many programs that help students with low income and with kids that are unable to pay their whole education with themselves. There are also help to the students that have children .What I like most about this is that many people are able to attend college because of this financial help.

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  10. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are very eager and want to learn more about French, then to have the basic knowledge from the first course of French.

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  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    My school is unique because it is a diverse cultural campus.

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  12. What are the most popular classes offered?

    Business and nursing

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  13. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Any person who wants to further their education and has goals to attain. City college has a feel, warmth, and seriousness about it that really ONE feels when they attend. The school is not a "13th" grade, nor for those looking to take it easy. Anyone looking to get ahead and prepare themselves for their careers seriously would be the ideal candidate for this school. With so many opportunities and experiences to let happen, any student ready to experience a genuine college is perfect for this school.

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  14. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    One that wants to be surrounded by their own cultural ethnicity.

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  15. Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

    The learning resource center

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  16. Describe your school to someone who's never heard of it.

    Come with me to take a tour. It's a castle of knowledge on a hill

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  17. What are the academics like at your school?

    Superb and the many programs are top of the line.

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  18. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    I do not know

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Not applicable

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

87% of students attending San Diego City College receive some sort of financial aid. 68% were awarded federal grants. While 3% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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