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We Are College of Alameda

College of Alameda is a small, friendly community college noted for the excellence of its academic, vocational and student support programs. Situated on a beautiful park-like campus on the island city of Alameda, the College offers the quiet of a suburban setting, just minutes from downtown Oakland. We welcome students of all ages and backgrounds, from over 50 countries as well as Alameda, Oakland and the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Our Mission

The mission of College of Alameda is to serve the educational needs of its diverse community by providing comprehensive and flexible programs and resources that empower students to achieve their goals.

Our Vision

The Vision of College of Alameda is that we are a diverse, supportive, empowering learning community for seekers of knowledge. We are committed to providing a creative, ethical and inclusive environment in which students develop their abilities as thinkers, workers and citizens of the world.

We use this vision to choreograph three central themes in our quest for “learning excellence” and services to students.

These three themes are:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Budgetary Competence, and
  • Community Engagement

We call these “our ABCs” emphasizing crucial success indicators for our students in achieving an enhanced capacity to pursue their dreams! Noting the Community College Movement all over the world emerged out of the American focus upon “community” and “citizenship” in higher education; we draw the meaning of a community college degree as defined for us by California Education Code: Title 5. From this, what you should be able to do with what you learn here is outlined in three general areas that define a comprehensive community college education that prepares students in terms of:

Who We Are

Our goal is to provide activities, programs and services that improve your overall student experience at CoA. By participating in our campus events, community service opportunities, field trips and student clubs. You can meet new people. Feel a part of the campus community. And develop valuable leadership skills.

Visit our office on the 2nd floor of the Student Center. F-217.

Q How do I see a counselor?

The Counseling Department is located in Building A (Administration). Counselors are available from 8:oo am to 7:oo pm on Mondays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday through Friday. The office phone number is (510) 748-2209.

We are temporarily closed for in-person services due to the shelter in place order. Drop-ins and in-person appointments will be suspended until further notice. We will have online/remote counseling appointments starting April 6th through ZOOM. Online ZOOM Appointments can be scheduled by filling out a request for an appointment above.

Quick question? Chat with a Counselor by clicking the icon on the bottom right of this page.

Q Will the college accept my previous college units?

The College may accept lower-division units earned from accredited colleges or universities. Please bring an unofficial copy of your previous college units and meet with a counselor for more review.

Q How long is a semester?

Fall and Spring semesters are 18 weeks long. Summer session is 6 weeks.

Q How many units do I have to take to be considered a full-time or part-time student?

A full-time student enrolls in 12 or more units during a regular semester. A part-time student can enroll in as little as 1/2 unit to as many as 11 units.

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