Pasadena City College

  • 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.
School Highlights
  • Pasadena City College serves 26,611 students (39% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 41:1 is lower than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 80% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 68%.
  • Pasadena City College is one of 51 community colleges within Los Angeles County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to Pasadena City College is Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Pasadena (1.2 miles away).

Top Placements

Pasadena City College places among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 656 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Pasadena City College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty656 staff97 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Pasadena City College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 41:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Pasadena City College diversity score of 0.73 is equal to the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment26,611 students7,516 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio41:144:1
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# Full-Time Students10,401 students1,613 students
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# Part-Time Students16,210 students5,903 students
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This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Pasadena City College.This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of CA.
% American Indian/Alaskan
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% Asian
28%
13%
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% Hispanic
38%
37%
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% Black
3%
7%
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% White
20%
32%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
5%
3%
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% Unknown races
3%
5%
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Diversity Score0.730.73
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College Completion Rate
32%
29%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,500$34,600
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,152 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 20% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,168 is less than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,152$1,636
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Out-State Tuition Fees$6,168$6,797
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid43%78%
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Median Debt for Graduates$6,756$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$4,750$5,500
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Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Pasadena City College is one of America's top community colleges, with a strong reputation for academics and leading-edge technology. Pasadena City College is located in the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena, California, USA. It often called by its acronym, PCC. Its current president is Dr. James Kossler. Pasadena City College can trace its roots back to 1911 when eighteen acres were acquired for the construction of a new campus for Pasadena High School. An additional nineteen acres were purchased in 1923 expanding the campus to 37.39 aces. The property was bounded on the north by Colorado Boulevard, the east by Sierra Bonita Avenue, the south by Blanch Street (later Del Mar) and the west by Hill Avenue. Pasadena City College sponsors intercollegiate teams through the Physical Education Division. We offer 16 intercollegiate sports teams in 11 different sports.

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