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 Student Services Division 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 VP of Student Services. Whisenhunt earned a political science degree from UC 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 over 16 years, and now serves as the Vice President of Student Services at San Diego City College. The role of the VP of Student Services is to plan, organize, and direct a comprehensive student services program at a college or continuing education program, including Student Development, such as counseling, admissions, registration, veterans' certification, and student success services, and Student Affairs, such as student government, financial aid/EOPS, job placement, student grievance, and the disciplinary process.

Office Staff:

Desiree VanSaanen - Administrative Secretary, Student Services
Phone: (619) 388-3464

Location: Room: A-222



Downloadable PDF of Student Services Contract, Acting and Interim Staff list

Downloadable PDF of Student Services Directory listing