FINANCIAL AID RATE66%
STUDENT TEACHER RATIO26:1
FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.$3,356
Average Grants + Scholarship Aid Awarded to Undergraduate Students
Percent of Full-Time Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid
Percent of Students Paying In-State Tuition vs Out-of-State Tuition
Pasadena City College
1140 W. Mission, San Marcos, CA
Pasadena City College is a two-year community college located in Pasadena, California, adjacent to the city of Los Angeles. PCC offers a range of academic study programs for the associate's degree or as a transfer program to a four-year college to complete a bachelor's degree. Academic study areas include everything from French, to Business or Urban Studies. Distance Learning, workforce training and continuing education are also available.
Among Pasadena City College's illustrious alumni are best-selling adventure novelist Clive Cussler, fashion designer Bob Mackie, actor Nick Nolte, singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins, philanthropist Herbert Hoover III, baseball legend Jackie Robinson, and rock star Eddie Van Halen, among others.
Pasadena City College was founded in 1924 as Pasadena Junior College. By 1939, the Pasadena City College Bulldog band had become the official band of the Tournament of the Roses Parade - now the Rose Bowl Parade. During World War II, PCC's West Campus was used for specialized military training. In 1943, the U.S. Army assumed control of the site.
The Post-War Boom led to unprecedented growth in Pasadena. The G.I. Bill allowed many veterans to buy homes and continue their education in the area. PCC had to expand to accommodate their increased student body, so it re-opened its abandoned West Campus as John Muir College.
In the 1950s, the school expanded further and also changed its mascot from a bulldog to a lancer (a Medieval Knight on foot or on horseback, holding a lance). In the 1960s and 1970s, PCC experienced the turbulence of the era, and many student protests were held on campus.
The 1980s brought a demand for social and ethnic studies, and PCC expanded its curriculum to include these programs. In the 1990s, diversity among students and faculty increased and the curriculum expanded again to incorporate emerging technologies and multimedia. The campus facilities were extended during this period as well, bringing PCC up to date for the new millennium.
The academic calendar of Pasadena City College follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, and shorter winter and summer "intersessions."
Colleges and Schools
As a two-year college, PCC divides its academic units into instructional divisions, rather than into colleges and schools. The instructional divisions of PCC include:
- Business and Computer Technology
- Engineering and Technology
- Health Sciences
- Kinesiology, Health & Athletics
- Natural Sciences
- Performing and Communication Arts
- Dance, Music, Speech, Theater Arts, TV and Radio
- Social Sciences
- Visual Arts and Media Studies
- Community Education Center
Students at PCC have a history of being very involved in campus activities, and that is greatly encouraged. There are many involvement and leadership opportunities at PCC, including student government, a cross cultural center and planning board, cultural awareness and leadership retreats, countless clubs and organizations representing a range of interests, and many more events and activities to participate in. The PCC Student Affairs Office hosts a range of student services and events.
The school mascot is a Lancer - a medieval knight who carries a lance.
PCC "Lancer" athletic teams offer cheerleading and compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:
- Cross Country
- Cross Country
- Water Polo
PCC offers many programs that connect the school to the Pasadena community through support and services. There are programs that offer high school students off-campus credit courses, a community business center on the PCC campus that offers child ID services and, passport applications and fingerprinting, and a community education center that offers non-credit, no-fee classes, including English as a Second Language, Parent Education, and more. Extended learning programs offer enrichment classes to community members.
Pasadena, the home of the Rose Bowl Tournament and Parade, is a diverse city with a small-town feel. The temperate climate and proximity to the city of Los Angeles and all its cultural and entertainment venues, as well as the wonderful California beaches and mountains, make the area popular with students and visitors alike.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the applicants Pasadena City College accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,400. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- State Residents: $1,100-$1,300
- Out-of-State: $7,500-$8,986
- Part-time students are charged:
- In-State: $46-$55 per unit
- Out-of-State: $310-$370 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||66%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||66%||$5,920|
|Student Loans (Federal)||1%||$5,850|
Academics & Student Services
To help students and recent graduates, Pasadena City College may offer student services like those listed below:
- Online classes
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Remedial courses
- Counseling assistance
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Helping students find work after graduation
- Day care
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Assistant Program
- Dental Hygienist Program
- Dental Laboratory Technician Program
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Pasadena City College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges
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- Glendale Community College in Carlsbad, CA (6 miles away)
- East Los Angeles College in Berkeley, CA (7 miles away)
- Rio Hondo College in Corona, CA (10 miles away)
- Los Angeles City College in Santa Clarita, CA (11 miles away)
- Los Angeles Trade Technical College in Los Angeles, CA (11 miles away)
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