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Resources for New Students

Congratulations! You've taken the first steps to begin your academic studies at Community College of Philadelphia. There are many different resources and programs at the College, and they all have one goal: to help you succeed. Browse through the following list below to see what's available, and visit each program or department page for detailed information like hours, location, services offered and staff. For information on how to succeed in your online classes, check out our one-stop resource to understand how to succeed online, navigate Canvas—our online learning management system, turn in assignments and take quizzes, and more.

Academic Advising


  • Advisors assist brand NEW incoming students to the College
  • Continuing students in good academic standing, who are NOT on academic probation
  • Develop an education plan that leads to the timely completion of your educational goals
  • Clarify degree and certificate program requirements
  • Clarify various policies and procedures here at the College
  • Same day and pre-scheduled appointments available

Visit Academic Advising


Join a College team or use the facilities to stay fit.

  • Fitness center is free for students (College ID required)
  • Group classes and open gym hours available
  • Cross Country, Basketball, Track & Field, Volleyball

Visit Athletics

Books, Parking, Food

On-campus dining facilities, bookstore and parking information.

  • Food locations accept cash, credit and the Lion Card
  • Follett operates the campus bookstore
  • Garage parking available on Main Campus

Visit Auxiliary Services

Student Tuition Services

Viewing and paying your tuition bill is easier than ever.

  • Get payment deadlines so you're never late
  • Pay your bill online quickly and securely
  • Learn about the College's Payment Plan that lets you pay in installments

Visit Student Tuition Services 


Use Canvas to see your assignments, check your grades and take online classes.

  • Set up your Canvas user name and password
  • View Frequently Asked Questions about Canvas
  • View Canvas updates and changes

Visit Online Learning

Career Connections

This valuable job resource gets you thinking about your career path early on.

  • Research majors at the College that match your interests
  • Discover in-demand careers and salary information
  • Connect to actual employers

Visit Career Connections

Center for Male Engagement

Programs and resources for male students of color.

  • Academic support, career advice, leadership and personal development
  • Summer Enrichment Program is designed for incoming students
  • One-on-one coaching

Visit Center for Male Engagement

Center on Disability

Specialized services for students with disabilities.

  • New students must self-identify to be eligible
  • Disabled veterans, ADD, ADHD, Cancer, Brain Injury, Anxiety Disorder, Epilepsy
  • Stop in to find out what's available to you; free to use

Visit the Center on Disability

Counseling Center

If you ever feel overwhelmed, stop in for support.

  • Counselors assist new transfer students, students returning (readmit) after an absence of several years and students on academic probation
  • Drop-in and appointment hours available
  • Career, transfer and personal counseling
  • Help with drop/add classes and withdrawal

Visit the Counseling Center

Records and Registration

What you need to know about enrolling, transcripts, and graduation.

  • Register in-person or online
  • View the enrollment guide
  • Update your student and personal information
  • Find your transcripts

Visit Records and Registration

Single Stop

A large selection of resources and services to ensure your success as a student.

  • See if you qualify for state/federal benefits
  • Tax prep and filing
  • Legal and immigration consultations
  • Financial counseling and referral services
  • FYE course students must complete self-screening profile.

Get Support with SingleStop

Women's Outreach & Advocacy Center

Provides support and services to women.

  • Open-door policy
  • Someone to consult and listen
  • Provides self-empowerment
  • Crisis intervention, outreach, programs

Visit the Women's Outreach & Advocacy Center


Our priority is the safety of our students and ensuring a safe learning environment

  • Available 24/7
  • Visible presence at College building entrances
  • Emergency and weather alerts sent to your cell phone
  • Come to us to get or replace your College ID card

Visit Safety and Security


We'll help you with research questions and provide you with the skills to utilize a wide range of resources to support your studies

  • Computers and wireless access
  • Scanners and photocopiers
  • Personal and group study spaces
  • Online access to books, articles and databases

Visit the Library Website

Collegiate Recovery

Dedicated to helping students stay free of drugs and alcohol while simultaneously pursuing a college education.

  • Weekly peer-to-peer group support and recovery meetings
  • Weekly individual coaching sessions with graduates of the College's Behavioral Health/Human Services program
  • Structured activities at the College and off campus

Learn more about Collegiate Recovery

Food Collaborative

We are dedicated to addressing our students’ basic needs by actively working to educate, promote and advocate for the nourishment of all of our students.

  • Connect with our food pantry and snack rack locations
  • Access food funds and more

Learn more about the Food Collaborative


The KEYS program supports students receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) benefits.

  • Access to food stamps and medical assistance
  • Financial allowances and more

Learn more about KEYS

Starfish Academic Alert System

An Academic Early Alert designed to provide students with feedback about academic performance

  • Get information on your class performance early in the semester
  • Track and take action to improve your academic performance

Learn more about Starfish Connect

Veterans Resource Center

Serving our active duty and veteran military community and their families

  • Help with Veterans Affairs laws, regulations and College policies
  • Colonial Colleagues, an online community for student veterans
  • Peer group discussions and the student veterans club

Visit the Veterans Resource Center

Learning Labs

Take advantage of tutoring support to get, and stay, ahead of your work.

  • Work with faculty specialists or peer tutors (i.e., students who’ve passed the same courses you're taking)
  • Participate in group or individualized sessions  you decide
  • Get tips for scheduling and prepping for your appointment

Learn more about Learning Labs

Student Academic Computer Center (SACC)

A place to do research, coursework, or other school-related assignments with minimal distractions
  • Computer workstations with up-to-date software and printing capabilities
  • On-site helpers and aides to assist with student needs
  • productive environment in which to complete coursework

Visit a Computer Center