Pasadena City College

Pasadena, CA
Pasadena City College

Brief Description

Pasadena City College (PCC) is located within the primary cultural center of the San Gabriel Valley at Pasadena, which is famous for hosting the annual Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses in Los Angeles County. First founded in 1924, Pasadena City College was formed from the merging of Pasadena Junior College and John Muir College. Through the nearly 90 years of academic excellence at PCC, more than one million students have enrolled in classes. Today, the college is home for 22,671 credit students, 3,071 non-credit students, 399 full-time faculty, 903 part-time adjunct faculty, and 30 academic buildings over 53 acres. PCC is known for having an exceptionally high student transfer rate to four-year universities and is ranked second in the state after Santa Monica Community College.

Nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC), Pasadena City College offers students 60 associate's degree programs, 76 technical and vocational programs, and 30 lifelong learning programs with evening/weekend classes. The college is well-known for its anesthesia technician program, which has been recognized by the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians. PCC was also the first community college within Southern California to provide an approved program for speech-language pathology assistants. The PCC Math Department has been distinguished as a winner for the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) competition and is the current defending champion.

Pasadena City College Athletics includes men's and women's basketball, swimming, tennis, cross country, track and field, soccer, water polo, football, badminton, softball, baseball, and volleyball. Outfitted in the school colors of cardinal red and gold, the PCC athletic teams are affectionately nicknamed the Lancers and are led by a Roman-type warrior mascot. Named for PCC alumni members Jackie and Mack Robinson, the school's baseball team uses the Jackie Robinson Field and other sports teams utilize the Robinson Stadium on the campus.

At PCC, the student newspaper named The Courier has been the recipient of the General Excellence Award by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges. The Television and Radio Department also hosts the student-run radio station "Lancer Radio", which has produced talented individuals who have gone on to obtain employment at FOX, NBC, and Paramount. Some of the most notable alumni from Pasadena City College include actor Nick Nolte, Superman George Reeves, singer Kenny Loggins, MLB player Jackie Robinson, and three members of rock band Van Halen.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 22948

Total institution enrollment: 22948

School type: 2-year public

School classification: Associate's Colleges: These institutions offer associate's degree and certificate programs but, with few exceptions, award no baccalaureate degrees.

Campus Location

Main Address

Pasadena City College
1570 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106


(626) 585-7123


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 44%

Female undergraduate population: 56%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Associate's, Two but less than 4 years

Accounting And Finance
Aircraft Pilot And Navigator Professional
Architectural Engineering Technology / Technician
Automotive Mechanic / Technician
Banking And Financial Support Services
Biology General
Business Administration And Management
Business General
Business Management And Administrative
Chemistry General
Child Care And Guidance Workers And Management
Commercial Photography
Communications General
Computer And Information Sciences Other
Computer Programming
Construction / Building Inspector
Construction / Building Technology / Technician
Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement Administration
Data Processing Technology / Technician
Dental Assistant
Dental Hygienist
Dental Laboratory Technician
Drafting General
Drama / Theater Arts General
Economics General
Education General
Electrical / Electronics Equipment Installer
Engineering General
Engineering Technology / Technician General
English Language And Literature General
Fashion And Fabric Consultant
Fire Protection And Safety Technology / Technician
Fire Protection Other
Foreign Languages And Literatures General
General Selling Skills And Sales Operations
Geological And Related Sciences Other
German Language And Literature
Graphic And Printing Equipment Operator
Graphic Design Commercial Art And Illustration
Health And Physical Education General
History General
Home Furnishings / Equipment Installers
Humanities / Humanistic Studies
Interior Design General
Landscaping Operations And Management
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Machine Shop Assistant
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Radiologic Technology / Technician
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Other
Music General
Nursing Rn Training
Occupational Therapy
Opticianry / Dispensing Optician
Paralegal / Legal Assistant
Pharmacy Technician / Assistant
Physical Sciences General
Physical Therapy General
Physician Assistant
Physics General
Political Science And Government General
Practical Nurse L P N Training
Pre Medicine Studies
Psychology General
Radio And Television Broadcasting Technology
Real Estate
Social Sciences General
Spanish Language And Literature
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Technical Theater / Theater Design
Visual And Performing Arts Other
Welder / Welding Technologist