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 30,250+ 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.

PCC is a finalist for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s pre-eminent recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.

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
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

30,357 Students Enrolled

26,755 credit students and 3,502 noncredit students attended PCC in Spring 2018.

90+ Academic Areas of stud

90+ Academic areas of study.

Over $472 ,000  in scholarships

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

5,421 associate degrees awarded

5,421 Associate Degrees awarded during the 2017 - 2018 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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