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Welcome to san José City college

San José City College has enjoyed the support of the community since our founding in 1921. Generations of families have put their trust in our school, and we believe we have always delivered with relevant career education programs, guaranteed college transfers, and life-changing educational opportunities.  We are accessible and affordable and have always seen the brilliance in every one of our students. 


  • We are the oldest Community College in Santa Clara County. 
  • We have one of the highest transfer rates, per every 100 students, in the Bay Area to four-year universities. 
  • 2018-19 SJECCD grads transferred to 9 UC and 16 CSU campuses and nearly a dozen private universities. 
  • We are one of California's top transfer colleges to San Jose State University.
  • In 2019-20, SJCC awarded more than 1,320 degrees and certificates.

A few things to consider:

  • First-time, full-time California college students pay no tuition or fees
  • Free loaner laptops
  • Free loaner eTextbooks
  • Free tutoring
  • Many financial aid and scholarship opportunities
  • We offer 68 degrees and certificates, including excellent Career Technology Programs.
  • Guaranteed transfers to California State University and University of California campuses, and many private universities and colleges
  • The majority of our courses are CSU/UC transferable
  • We have an honors program
  • You can transfer to a 4-year college in two years with no student debt
  • No placement tests required. Say goodbye to SAT, ACT, and Accuplacer!
  • Excellent faculty and classified professionals
  • When we return to campus you'll see our beautiful facilities and those under construction
Photo of Multi-D Building

Take a video tour of our beautiful campus.

Contact Us

  • Information Desk
  • Monday - Thursday
    8 am - 5:30 pm,
    Friday: 9 am - 3 pm

Mission Statement

San Jose City College's mission is to serve our students and the community by offering high quality, relevant, and innovative instruction for basic skills, career pathways, university transfer, and life-long learning. 

We strive to accomplish this by awarding certificates and associate degrees to eligible students taught in a multicultural environment where student achievement, successful learning, and social justice are highly valued, supported, and continually assessed.

Vision Statement

The Vision of San Jose City College is to be an educational institution of excellence through:

  • The guiding principles of opportunity, equity, and open, equitable access for student success and achievement.
  • An exceptional learning environment that challenges and empowers students through teaching excellence, robust student support programs, innovation, and state-of-the-art technologies prepares students with the knowledge, relevant transferable skills, creativity, ethics, and values to succeed and thrive in a dynamic, healthy global environment.
  • A culture of inquiry and evidence that is characterized by the commitment of faculty, staff, and students to be accountable for learning excellence by assessing measurable and meaningful learning outcomes that lead to improved learning and inform data-driven decisions that foster adaptability in programs and services.
The College Advisory Council adopted the Mission Statement on April 01, 2016, and by the Board of Trustees on May 10, 2016.  

The College Advisory Council reviews the College Mission Statement and ensures that all aspects of the College Mission Statement are being fulfilled. The College Advisory Council meetings are open to all for the opportunity to provide feedback and input.

 For more information on the San Jose Evergreen Community College District Mission, Vision, and Values, please visit the District Website.


We recognize that every member of the San Jose community has, and continues to benefit from, the use and occupation of this land since the institution's founding in 1921. 
Consistent with our values of community, inclusion, and diversity, we have a responsibility to acknowledge and make visible the college's relationship to the original people. 
As members of the community, it is vitally important that we recognize the history of the land on which we stand. We also recognize that the Muwekma Ohlone people are alive and flourishing members of the broader Bay Area. 
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather at San Jose City College sits on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Muwekma Ohlone, who are the original peoples of the San Francisco Bay Area. 
We recognize that we benefit from living, working, and learning on their traditional homeland, and we affirm their sovereign rights as first peoples.

 San José City College History

San Jose City College is one of the oldest community colleges in California.  SJCC has delivered its educational mission with integrity and vitality, growing into a world-class institution serving approximately ten thousand students each semester. 

In 1986 the San Jose City College District was renamed the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District to incorporate the naming of our sister college Evergreen Valley College which opened in 1975.

In 1999, 2004, and 2010 voters within the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District passed bond measures to help rebuild the campus and provide modern technology and facilities for the students at San Jose City College. 

Some of the buildings completed as part of these bond proceeds are the Cesar Chavez Library, Student Center, Science Complex, Parking Garage, Career Technology Building, Technology Center, Multi-Disciplinary Building, Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Center, and the major renovations of the Business, Cosmetology and Reprographics buildings. 
The development of the new Kinesiology/Wellness & Athletics Building is scheduled to start this Fall 2015. 

Located close to California’s Silicon Valley, the college offers all the benefits of being close to the world’s hub of technological innovation and entrepreneurship. San Jose City College currently serves the Milpitas, San Jose, and other surrounding communities and serves approximately 10,000 students per semester.