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 20,000+ 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.
Reaching New Heights
Pasadena City College is recognized as one of the best community colleges in California. We are embedded in Southern California and every day our faculty, students, and staff go beyond convention to achieve what some might say was unachievable.
Ranked #1 in California for
Associate Degrees granted
Associate Degrees for Transfer
Associate Degrees earned by minorities
Associate Degrees earned by Asian Americans
Sources: Community College Week 9/27/16, California Community College Chancellor’s Office AY 2013-14,
Just the Facts
21,442 students and 1,057 noncredit students attended PCC in Fall 2021.
92 Academic areas of study.
PCC awarded $732,025 in scholarships to students last year.
5,304 Associate Degrees awarded during the 2021-2022 school year.
Humanity and social justice have been a part of PCC since the earliest days of our existence. More recently, the college has been proud to be designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution since 1990, which means our Latinx population makes up more than 25 percent of our student body. This fact and others are sources of power for our students, faculty, and staff as we chart the future with our past and present in mind.
Located in Pasadena, California
Pasadena City College is located 10 minutes north of Los Angeles in Pasadena, California at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.
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.
Learn more about PCC's Leadership Read the Current PACCD Strategic Plan