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 29,500+ 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.
Reaching New Heights
PCC was a finalist for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s pre-eminent recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.
Ranked #1 in California for Associate Degrees granted
Associate Degrees for Transfer
Associate Degrees earned by minorities
Associate Degrees earned by Asian Americans
Services to Veterans
Sources: Community College Week 9/27/16, California Community College Chancellor’s Office AY 2013-14, Military Times 11/1/16.
Just the Facts
26,539 credit students and 3,346 noncredit students attended PCC in Spring 2017.
60 Academic program areas.
PCC awarded $472,250 in scholarships to students each year.
3,021 Associate Degrees awarded during the 2016 - 2017 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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