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IPEDS ID: 121044
OPE ID: 00126100
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Pasadena City College
1570 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, California 91106-2003
Distance from ZIP:  0.0 miles from 91106
General information:  (626) 585-7123
Type:  2-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Two but less than 4 years certificate
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  25,268 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  26 to 1
Net Price
Mission Statement
  The mission of Pasadena City College is to provide a high quality, academically robust learning
environment that encourages, supports and facilitates student learning and success. The College
provides an academically rigorous and comprehensive curriculum for students pursuing
educational and career goals as well as learning opportunities designed for individual
development. The College is committed to providing access to higher education for members of
the diverse communities within the District service area and to offering courses, programs, and
other activities to enhance the economic conditions and the quality of life in these communities.

At Pasadena City College we serve our students by:

• Providing courses and programs, in a variety of instructional modalities, which reflect academic excellence and professional integrity;

• Fostering a dynamic and creative learning environment that is technologically, intellectually and culturally stimulating;

• Challenging our students to participate fully in the learning process and encouraging them to be responsible for their own academic success;

• Respecting them as individuals who may require diverse and flexible learning opportunities;

• Supporting organizational practices that facilitate student progress towards their goals; and

• Encouraging and supporting continuous learning and professional development in those who serve our students: faculty, staff, managers, and administrators.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's--Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty373774
Research and public service00
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,620$1,656$1,656$1,7002.7%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$9,710$9,710$9,710$9,7100.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Off Campus$17,178$17,474$17,666$17,7100.2%
Off Campus with Family$7,360$7,656$7,848$7,8920.6%
Off Campus$21,738$22,658$23,018$22,726-1.3%
Off Campus with Family$11,920$12,840$13,200$12,908-2.2%
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Alternative Tuition Plans
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid189359%————
Grant or scholarship aid88659%$4,161,952$4,697
Federal grants66544%$3,231,312$4,859
Pell grants66444%$3,116,384$4,693
Other federal grants15610%$114,928$737
State/local government grant or scholarships84556%$918,124$1,087
Institutional grants or scholarships312%$12,516$404
Student loan aid252%$111,579$4,463
Federal student loans252%$111,579$4,463
Other student loans00%$0
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid112,47555%$35,600,150$2,854
Pell grants6,41928%$26,043,809$4,057
Federal student loans2881%$1,553,134$5,393
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$5,489$6,653$7,017
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$4,316$5,883$5,718
$30,001 – $48,000
$48,001 – $75,000$10,498
$75,001 – $110,000
$110,001 and more
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)25,268
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,688
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 37%
Part-time: 63%Student Gender:
Male: 48%
Female: 52%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 23%
Black or African American: 5%
Hispanic/Latino: 47%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 13%
Two or more races: 6%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 4%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 72%
25 and over: 28%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 88%
Out-of-state: 0%
Foreign countries: 8%
Unknown: 4%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 3%
Enrolled in some distance education: 14%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 84%
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students
Student retention:
Full-time students: 64%
Part-time students: 60%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 38 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 32%
Transfer-out rate: 14%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by gender
Overall graduation rate by gender:
Male: 30%
Female: 34%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 47%
Black or African American: 16%
Hispanic/Latino: 19%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 18%
White: 33%
Two or more races: 45%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 55%
Non-resident alien: 36%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Graduation Rates by Time to Completion

Graduation rates can be measured over different lengths of time. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program. For example, the "normal" amount of time for many associate's degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including "150% of normal time" (e.g., 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., 4 years for a 2-year program).

Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2009 or Fall 2010, by Time to Completion
Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2009 or Fall 2010, by Time to Completion
Within "Normal time" for the program: 14%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 37%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: 46%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgram<1
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping---31
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General-22--
Banking and Financial Support Services3---
Business Administration and Management, General--69-
Hospitality Administration/Management, General-0--
International Business/Trade/Commerce3---
Office Management and Supervision9---
Retail Management-0--
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General-0--
Small Business Administration/Management4---
Category total19226931
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects-2--
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production-7--
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant-1--
Category total-10--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Broadcast Journalism1---
Radio and Television17--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric--14-
Category total5814-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Programming/Programmer, General2---
Computer Support Specialist3---
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General---1
Category total5--1
Construction Trades
Building Construction Technology---9
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector13---
Category total13--9
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs-1--
Category total-1--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Biomedical Technology/Technician013--
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General-2--
Category total015--
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General--13-
Category total--13-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Apparel and Textiles, General-18--
Child Care and Support Services Management-0--
Child Care Provider/Assistant-12--
Category total-30--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist-16--
Dental Assisting/Assistant-8--
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist-14--
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician-0--
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General-11--
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training-18--
Medical/Clinical Assistant28--
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer---0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-135--
Category total2210-0
History, General--19-
Category total--19-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Police Science--258
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician-2--
Category total-2258
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal-48--
Category total-48--
Library Science
Library and Archives Assisting17---
Category total17---
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General--25-
Category total--25-
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician442--
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General-4--
Category total446--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-311,382-
Category total-311,382-
Personal and Culinary Services
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General-3--
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General537--
Category total540--
Physical Sciences
Physics, General--12-
Category total--12-
Precision Production
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist-5--
Welding Technology/Welder5---
Category total55--
Psychology, General--52-
Category total--52-
Social Sciences
Category total--20-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General--14-
Commercial and Advertising Art-2--
Graphic Design-5--
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology-0--
Visual and Performing Arts, General--1-
Category total-1815-
Grand total754861,64649
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
Other DivisionMenWomen
Swimming and Diving2015
Track and Field, Outdoor1614
Track and Field, X-Country159
Water Polo18
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges 1/1/1952 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Dental Assisting (DA)2/24/1961 -  Accredited
Dental Laboratory Technology (DT)5/14/1970 -  Accredited
Dental Hygiene (DH)12/11/1970 -  Accredited
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers(!)11/1/1975 -  Accredited
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs12/1/1974 -  Accredited
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2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession413
Drug law violations392519
Liquor law violations8117
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible221
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault001
Motor vehicle theft1085
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate16.5%10.7%
Number in default3320
Number in repayment199186
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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