Pasadena City College provides the San Gabriel Valley with a high quality, innovative and dynamic learning environment that inspires student success. Each semester we offer academic programs that encompass degrees, transfer programs, and certificates, to 25,000+ students.
We are new students and returning students. We are local, international, and online. We span many cultures — LGBT, multicultural, veterans, and everyone else in between.
We are science and math, liberal arts, music and art, athletics, nursing and vocational arts. We are recognized educators, experienced staff, and caring counselors. We offer an opportunity for students to transfer to top schools or to find new careers. We are achievers, impactors, and innovators. We break barriers. We are proud, bold and strong. We are all here with one goal: to be great.
PCC was founded in 1924 with a student enrollment of 267. Created in response to the community’s need for higher education facilities, Pasadena Junior College was first established on the Pasadena High School campus. It was one of the earliest junior colleges in the Southwest United States.
Top community college in California in awarding Associate Degrees to minorities.
Ranks #1 in the state and #13 in the nation in awarding Associate Degrees.
Ranked number one for first-year retention rates amongst community colleges in California.
Second highest transfer rate to a four-year university in the California Community College system.
Just the Facts
27,199 credit students and 3,251 noncredit students attended PCC in Fall 2015.
60 Academic program areas.
PCC awards $850,000 in scholarships to students each year.
2,589 Associate Degrees awarded during the 2013-2014 school year.
PCC Main Campus
Foothill Campus (formerly CEC)
Leadership & Planning
PCC is administered by the Pasadena Area Community College District (PACCD), which operates under a Shared Governance model which encourages the participative role of faculty, staff, management, and students in District and College governance.
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