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 29,200+ 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 is a finalist for the 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s pre-eminent recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges. This is Pasadena City College’s third time as an Aspen Prize finalist.
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
27,331 credit students and 1,942 noncredit students attended PCC in Fall 2019.
105 Academic areas of study.
PCC awarded $1,155,578 in scholarships to students last year.
7,719 Associate Degrees awarded during the 2019-2020 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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