• Academics: Find it all at CCAC

    CCAC educates more than 32,000 credit and 28,000 non-credit students annually, but students can expect an average class size of just 19 students. With the extensive network of four campuses and four centers located strategically throughout the region, in addition to a growing array of online courses and programs, CCAC is readily accessible to residents of Allegheny County and beyond.

    The life of a CCAC student includes a full college experience, including classroom and online learning, sports teams and student clubs, as well as academic advising and tutoring services necessary to help students succeed. CCAC job fairs draw hundreds of local employers and the CCAC Honors Program offers opportunities to expand learning.

    CCAC’s affordable programs enable students to save thousands of dollars—up to $45,000 for students who spend their first two years at CCAC before transferring to a bachelor’s program. It’s also ideal for students interested in earning an associate’s degree, certificate or diploma as preparation to enter the workforce.

  • Enrollment Steps and Application

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    1. Complete your Admissions Application either online or on paper. 
    2. Apply for financial aid by submitting the FAFSA form, available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
    3. Complete an online or on-campus student orientation. 
    4. Schedule placement tests. Use Appointment Central to schedule an on-site placement test. Photo ID is required.
    5. Meet with an academic advisor to discuss your education plan. 
    6. Register for classes. Photo ID is required.
    7. Pay for classes. Various payment options are available. Pay online in full with Visa, Discover or MasterCard.
    8. Submit your final transcripts including high school/GED and any college transcripts.


  • Hidden Gems at CCAC

    CCAC offers a vast array of classes to fulfill your academic requirements. The Hidden Gems series highlights a selection of engaging and not-so-typical classes taught by caring and competent instructors. Take a look and talk to your advisor to see if any of these exciting classes will fit into your CCAC road map. Register today! Check back often to see what new and interesting classes CCAC has to offer!

  • SDS 102 - Academic & Personal Development

    Career Planning
    This is a course in the techniques for becoming a successful college student. Coping skills and strategies for transitioning to college are emphasized. The course fosters an awareness of self, the role of self-esteem and confidence in learning, and the importance of self-management skills and tools. Links between student needs and campus resources and processes are explored.
  • MUS 253 - History of Jazz

    This class surveys Jazz from its inception until present day. Topics include composers, performance practice and instrumental technique. Lectures synthesize jazz history with American culture through source study, analytical listening and research.
  • ENG 120 - The Art of Film

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    This is a course that introduces film as a source of visual literacy, intellectual and artistic enlightenment. It offers a historical perspective while analyzing film as an art form. Films are selected for study of cinematic innovation, genre and directional artistry.
  • Hidden Gem: PSY-115 Stress Management

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    PSY-115 Stress Management
    This is a course designed to develop stress management skills through the use of techniques for mental and physical wellness. Aspects of a healthy lifestyle include proper nutrition and diet, brain chemistry for well-being and the importance of exercise for physical wellness.
  • Hidden Gem: History of the Pittsburgh Civil Rights Movement

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    ETH-220: History of the Pittsburgh Civil Rights Movement
    This course examines the Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh. It starts with a brief overview of racial conditions in the United States, with special emphasis on Pittsburgh. The groups that participated in the movement will be discussed as will the individuals involved in seeking racial equality. Students will also learn about the government agencies and businesses confronted. During the movement, the specific techniques used by civil rights groups will be discussed. Visit the Ethnic and Diversity Studies page to learn more.