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Study at Pasadena City College

Pasadena City College, also known as PCC, was established in 1924. It is a public community college in Pasadena, California. There are over 20, 000 students enrolled in the programs offered by the college. Pasadena City College offers a number of transfer and degree programs, career and technical education, and distance programs.

The college also offers courses that are taught at the nearby high schools:

  • Arcadia High School
  • Armory Center for the Arts
  • Blair International Baccalaureate School
  • John Muir High School
  • La Caada High School
  • Marshall Fundamental Secondary School
  • Pasadena High School
  • San Marino High School
  • South Pasadena High School
  • Temple City High School
Pasadena City College sponsors intercollegiate sports teams that go by the name of the Lancers. There are teams for basketball, cross-country, football, soccer, water polo, volleyball, badminton, track, softball and swimming. The official team colors are cardinal red and gold.

Profile of Pasadena City College

The campus of Pasadena City College is in Pasadena, California. which is a medium-sized city. The school is a public institution. Degrees at Pasadena City College include, at the school's highest level, the Associate's degree.

Course Topics

The school has a tighter focus on specific Course Topics than most colleges its size. Pasadena City College is known for its programs in liberal arts.

Pasadena City College Selectivity

Its open admissions system makes the school an attractive choice for many applicants.


Pasadena City College has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Pasadena City College had 26, 672 students enrolled (14, 717 full-time equivalent). The school has a large minority student population.

Pasadena City College Tuition and Affordability

Pasadena City College is a relative bargain, with lower tuition and fees than most schools offering similar degrees.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"The mission of Pasadena City College is successful student learning. The College provides high- quality, academically rigorous instruction in a comprehensive transfer and vocational curriculum, as well as learning activities designed to improve the economic condition and quality of life of the diverse communities within the College service area. At Pasadena City College we serve our students by: o offering courses and programs which reflect academic excellence and professional integrity, o Challenging them to participate fully in the learning process by encouraging them to be responsible for their own academic success, o Fostering a creative learning environment that is technologically challenging and intellectually and culturally stimulating, o Recognizing them as individuals who may require diverse and flexible learning opportunities, and o Encouraging and supporting continuous learning and professional development in those who serve our students: faculty, staff, and managers. "

Pasadena City College Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts2, 005interdisciplinary studies, library assistant, social services, humanities
Nursing and Emergency Medicine138registered nursing, licensed practical nurse, EMT paramedic, nursing assistant
Mechanics and Repair92automobile mechanics, electrical installation and repair, computer repair
Law79legal assistant
Medical Support and Technology78radiographer, dental hygienist, dental assistant, audiology and speech pathology, dental lab tech, medical assistant
Business and Management66accounting, international business, banking, small business management, retail, electronic commerce, sales and marketing
Beauty and Cosmetology50cosmetology
office and Administration49administrative assistant, office management, data entry
Construction Trades49apparel and textiles, construction, building inspector
Family and Social Work42child development
Science and Laboratory Technician25biology tech
Media20radio and television, graphic communications, digital communications, public relations, broadcast journalism, journalism
Security and Law Enforcement16criminal justice and police, fire-fighting
Cooking and Culinary Arts6culinary arts
Photography and Commercial Art5commercial photography, commercial art
Design4graphic design
Computer Science and Engineering2system administration, information technology, computer programming, computer networking
Hospitality1hospitality management
Production Trades1machinist, welding
Engineering Technician1drafting, architectural drafting, mechanical drafting, manufacturing tech
Art Studies0visual and performing arts
Science0biological and physical sciences
Medical administration0medical secretary
Education and Teaching0teacher aide, early childhood special ed, special ed
Drama and Performing Arts0theatre design

Contact: Pasadena City College

Pasadena City College

1570 E Colorado Blvd

Pasadena, California 91106-2003

General Phone: (626) 585-7759


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