Photo of student service volunteersThe San Diego City College Office of Student Services oversees, and is committed to providing an array of comprehensive programs and services that support the recruitment, retention, transition and academic success of City College students. In collaboration with our instructional colleagues, the Office of Student Services provides a holistic student-centered environment that bridges coursework to transfer objectives and 21st century career goals. We are further committed to ensuring that our student support services represent the diverse needs and broad interests of our campus populations and the larger San Diego community.


San Diego City College Student Services mission is to inspire, empower and support our students to excel in their intellectual, social, and cultural development to enhance student goal completion.


  • Excellence in Student-Centered Programs & Services
  • Enhanced Visibility of Student Services Departments, Programs & Services
  • Establishing a Culture of Evidence with Measurable Outcomes.


Photo of Denise WhisenhuntDenise Whisenhunt is the Vice President of Student Services. She earned a political science degree from the University of California, San Diego and is a graduate of the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. She has served the San Diego Community College District in a variety of administrative leadership capacities for more than 17 years, and now serves as the Vice President of Student Services at San Diego City College. Prior to this role, she served as the Dean of Student Affairs and the Interim Vice President of Student Services at San Diego Mesa College. She has also served as the Interim Dean of Student Development at City, and the Associate Dean of Outreach for the entire San Diego Community College District. Most recently, she served as the Interim President of City College, providing leadership to the College during its transition to permanent college leadership. As the VP of Student Service, Ms. Whisenhunt provides vision, and leadership of the college's comprehensive student services programs including its student success efforts, counseling, admissions, registration, veterans', and student success, Student Affairs, such as student government, financial aid/EOPS, job placement, student grievance, and the disciplinary process equity initiatives and athletics. She also has oversight of several federal and state grants to support the colleges agenda.

Contact Us:

Vice President of Student Services
Denise Whisenhunt
Phone (619) 388-3464

Administrative Secretary
Desiree van Saanen
Phone (619) 388-3464

Location: Room: A-222



Downloadable PDF of Student Services Directory listing