Pasadena City College

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School Overview

Located in Pasadena, California, Pasadena City College (PCC) is a community college that boasts the third largest campus among the United States’ two-year institutions. PCC is one of the 111 community colleges of California, which together comprise the most highly enrolled education system in the world. Since its establishment in 1924, PCC has enrolled more than one million students. PCC produces the second highest amount of students that continue on to four-year universities after Santa Monica Community College.

Pasadena City College athletes, known as the Lancers, participate in sports programs such as baseball, basketball, softball, football, volleyball, swimming, cross country, track and field, tennis, and soccer. Jackie Robinson Field is the baseball team’s practice arena and playing field.

General Information

Admission Office

1570 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 578-7396
Fax: (626) 585-7912

Contact: Margaret Ramey
Associate Dean of Admissions and Records

Main Address

1570 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 585-7123


Total undergrads: 29,936
Degree-seeking undergrads: 20,496


Urban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No
Admissions Policies/Requirements

A note about the college’s admission requirements: Admission to RN, LVN, dental hygiene programs based on test scores, interview, high school record; minimum 2.0 high school GPA required.

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $576 $576 $704 $696 -1.14%
Books and Supplies $1,500 $1,566 $1,638 $1,620 -1.10%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $2,076 $2,142 $2,342 $2,316 -1.11%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,312 49%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,312 49% $5,248,064 $4,000
• Federal grants 1,005 38% $3,895,769 $3,876
• Pell grants 1,005 38% $3,747,775 $3,729
• Other federal grants 217 8% $147,994 $682
Institutional scholarships or grants 1,254 47% $1,305,783 $1,041
Institutional grants or scholarships 72 3% $46,512 $646
Student loan financial aid 34 1% $120,500 $3,544
• Federal student loans 34 1% $120,500 $3,544
• Other student loans 0 0% $0

All Majors and Degree Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 1649 1175
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 89
Accounting Technology/technician and Bookkeeping 50
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Programs 24
Banking and Financial Support Services 3
Hospitality Administration/management 3
International Business/trade/commerce 3
Office Management and Supervision 4
Retail Management 1
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations
Small Business Administration/management 1
Communication and Journalism Programs 9
Broadcast Journalism
Journalism 3
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
Radio and Television 6
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 18
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 5
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production 6
Photographic and Film/video Technology/technician and Assistant 7
Computing and Information Sciences 2
Computer Programming/programmer
Computer Support Specialist 1
Data Entry/microcomputer Applications
Information Technology 1
Construction Trades 32
Building Construction Technology 8
Building/home/construction Inspection/inspector 24
Education/teaching Of Individuals In Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Engineering Technology 19
Biomedical Technology/technician 19
Drafting and Design Technology/technician
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 1
English Language and Literature 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 256
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 30
Dental Assisting/assistant 17
Dental Hygiene/hygienist 19
Dental Laboratory Technology/technician 16
Licensed Practical/vocational Nurse Training 20
Medical/clinical Assistant 9
Radiologic Technology/science – Radiographer 20
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 125
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 15
Criminal Justice/police Science 12
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/technician 3
Legal and Law Studies 46
Legal Assistant/paralegal 46
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 184
Humanities/humanistic Studies 38
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 146
Library Science 27
Library and Archives Assisting 27
Mechanics and Repairers 58
Automobile/automotive Mechanics Technology/technician 44
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/technician
Electrical/electronics Equipment Installation and Repair 14
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 1649 293
Biological and Physical Sciences 39
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1649 254
Personal and Culinary Services 55
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts
Cosmetology/cosmetologist 55
Precision Production Trades 4
Machine Tool Technology/machinist
Welding Technology/welder 4
Social Sciences
Social Sciences
Visual and Performing Arts 18
Commercial and Advertising Art 4
Graphic Design 12
Technical Theatre/theatre Design and Technology 2
Visual and Performing Arts
Work and Family Studies 49
Apparel and Textiles 16
Child Care and Support Services Management
Child Care Provider/assistant 33
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing
Ceramics A,C
Commercial Photography A,C
Commercial/Advertising Art A,C
Crafts/Folk Art/Artisanry A
Drawing A
Fine/Studio Arts A
Music – General A,C
Painting A
Printmaking A,C
Sculpture A

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology A

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting A,C
Administrative/Secretarial Services A,C
Banking/Financial Services A,C
Business – General A
Entrepreneurial Studies A
Fashion Merchandising A,C
Hospitality/Recreation Marketing A
Management Information Systems A
Office Clerical Services A,C
Real Estate A,C
Sales and Distribution A
Tourism/Travel Services A,C

Communications & Journalism
Broadcast Journalism A,C
Communications/Rhetoric A,C
Journalism A,C

Communications Technologies
Communications Technologies – General A,C

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Programming – General A,C
Computer Programming – Specific Applications A
Data Processing Technology A,C

Construction Trades
Building/Property Maintenance A,C
Carpentry A,C

Early Childhood Education A,C

Engineering Technologies
Drafting and Design Technology A,C

English Language & Literature
Speech/Rhetorical Studies A,C

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology A
Dental Assistance A,C
Dental Hygiene A,C
Dental Laboratory Technology A,C
Medical Administrative Assistance A,C
Medical Assistance A,C
Medical Radiologic Technology A
Nursing (RN) A
Nursing – Practical A,C
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant A

Law & Legal Studies
Legal Administrative Assistance A
Paralegal/Legal Assistance A,C

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences A,C

Library Science
Library Assistance A,C

Mechanic & Repair Technologies
Auto Body Repair A,C

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General A

Psychology – General A

Security & Protective Services
Fire Science/Firefighting A
Police Science A,C

Social Sciences
Social Sciences – General A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Pasadena City College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (626) 585-7123
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1570 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106-2003
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 26,971
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 25 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 20,757 (77% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $1,168
Out-of-state Tuition: $7,552
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 75%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,421

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Pasadena City College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Pasadena City College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 188
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 64
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 52
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 64
Construction Trades 42
Education 11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 53
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 54
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 8
Health Professions and Related Programs 119
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 32
Legal Professions and Studies 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Library Science 11
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 52
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 12
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Personal and Culinary Services 31
Physical Sciences 2
Precision Production 22
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 4
Visual and Performing Arts 68
Grand total 8478

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Pasadena City College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $1,168
Out-of-state $7,552
Books and supplies $1,971

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,353 75%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,353 75% $5,421
Student loan aid 12 0% $6,398

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 16,120 60% $3,381
Federal student loans 180 1% $6,361

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Pasadena City College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Pasadena City College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Pasadena City College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 26,971
Undergraduate enrollment 26,971
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Pasadena City College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Assisting (DA)
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
    • Dental Laboratory Technology (DT)
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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