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.

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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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.

Aspen Prize for Community College Excellent. Top 10, 2021

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.

Number one amongst 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

Sources: Community College Week 9/27/16, California Community College Chancellor’s Office AY 2013-14, 

Just the Facts

29,220 Students Enrolled

27,331 credit students and 1,942 noncredit students attended PCC in Fall 2019.

105+ Academic Areas of stud

105 Academic areas of study.

Over $1 million  in scholarships

PCC awarded $1,155,578 in scholarships to students last year.

7,719 associate degrees awarded

7,719 Associate Degrees awarded during the 2019-2020 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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