Berkeley City College, one of California’s 114 community colleges, is located at 2050 Center Street between Shattuck Avenue & Milvia Street in downtown Berkeley, in one of the world’s great education centers. In August 2006, the college moved to a newly constructed six-story, 165,000 square foot urban campus, only one-and-one-half blocks from the University of California at Berkeley. The college is part of the Peralta Community College District which includes College of Alameda, Laney and Merritt colleges. Model programs in American Sign Language, biotechnology, business, computer information systems, English Language and Literature, global studies, the liberal arts, multimedia arts, social work and human services paraprofessional, social sciences, and university transfer, place Berkeley City College on the cutting edge of community college education in California. Classes convene at the college’s urban setting in downtown Berkeley and at the University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley City College also supports an Online Transfer College, which allows you to attend certain classes online.
Berkeley City College students form part of a thriving college community which mirrors the Bay Area’s ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity. Your classmates include single parents, full-time workers, re-entry students, career changers and high school students. Working together with Berkeley City College faculty, you create a dynamic environment where interdisciplinary education and teamwork prepare you for many career options.
At Berkeley City College, student success is always our first priority. We continually adapt programs and services to meet student’s needs. Day, evening, online distance education, and Saturday classes ensure that students can finish any Berkeley City College job training or academic program in two years. Our exceptional partnership with UC Berkeley lets students to complete a number of lower division transfer classes in the evening at its Berkeley campus.
A majority of Berkeley City College’s classes are held at our main campus at 2050 Center Street (between Shattuck Ave & Milvia Street) in downtown Berkeley. The college also conducts outreach classes in community locations. BART and AC Transit stops are located just a half block away from the Center Street campus. Evening shuttle services provide direct access to BCC classes at UC Berkeley. Parking is available evenings and Saturdays at UC and in downtown Berkeley.
Academic and career counseling, combined with strong student support services, provide students with excellent preparation for transfer to public and private universities, and for success in today’s demanding job market. Berkeley City College is one of the top transfer institutions to UC Berkeley.
A diverse student population adds to the richness of BCC’s learning community. In Fall 2017, approximately 7,000 students enrolled at Berkeley City College. They were 25% Caucasian; 15% African American; 22.7% Asian-Pacific Islander; 25% Latino; 7% Multiple Race/Ethnicity; 4% declined to state; and less than 1% American Indian/Alaska Native. Berkeley City College students’ average age is 26 years, with more than half between 19 and 24 years of age.