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.

Since 1924

History of PCC

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.

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Number one in transfers.

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.

PCC Achievements

Just the Facts

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27,199 credit students and 3,251 noncredit students attended PCC in Fall 2015.

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60 Academic program areas.

$850,000 in scholarships icon

PCC awards $850,000 in scholarships to students each year.

2,589 associate degrees icon

2,589 Associate Degrees awarded during the 2013-2014 school year.

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PCC Main Campus

PCC Main Campus

Community Education Center

Foothill Campus (formerly CEC)

PCC RosemeadPCC at Rosemead
PCC RosemeadJohn Muir
Child Development CenterChild Development Center

Pasadena City College is located 10 minutes north of Los Angeles in Pasadena, California at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

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

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