College of San Francisco
College of San Francisco (CCSF) is a public, two-year community
college accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community
& Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and
Colleges. Since its founding in 1935, City College has evolved into a
multicultural, multi-campus community college that is one of the
largest in the country. With approved bond measures the College
renovated, expanded, and developed new buildings and facilities
throughout San Francisco. The College currently serves over 60,000
students (credit and noncredit) through the Ocean Campus, eight
Centers, and a number of neighborhood sites. The students of CCSF are a
highly diverse population and a reflection of the diverse cultures,
values, orientations, and ethnicities of the Bay Area and surrounding
offers courses in more than 50 academic programs and over 100
occupational disciplines. There is a full range of credit courses
leading to the Associate of Arts and Science degrees, most of which
meet the general education requirements for transfer to a four-year
colleges and universities.
San Francisco is a cosmopolitan city of nearly 800,000 people. Located
on the hilly tip of a peninsula in Northern California, it is bound by
the Pacific Ocean to the west, San Francisco Bay to the north and east,
and Silicon Valley to the south. With its many foreign consulates and
trade offices, San Francisco is a gateway to world trade. The City is
the economic hub of the Bay Area. Since the 1990’s San Francisco’s
economy has moved towards the growing field of high tech,
biotechnology, and medical research. In 2004, the City approved a
exemption for biotechnology companies to foster growth in the Mission
Bay neighborhood, site of a second campus and hospital of the
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The City’s other major
industries are the service economy, tourism and hospitality, financial
services, and city government.
San Francisco has a long history of tolerance and diversity.
San Francisco also
has a broad range of cultural facilities, including resident
professional companies of opera, ballet, theater, music, and sports.
Its many museums include the Asian Art Museum, the De Young Museum, and
the Museum of African American Diaspora, as well as a variety of
cultural centers. A Mission Bay biotechnology park has been developed
as part of the UCSF campus and serves as the state’s Institute for
Regenerative Medicine. Further, San Francisco’s mild climate encourages
outdoor activities throughout the year.