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Pasadena City College (PCC)


PCC Information Sessions

You are invited to attend an upcoming information session at PCC. The sessions are designed to provide a comprehensive look at the college’s programs and services. Get an overview of concurrent enrollment and learn how you can get a head start on your college journey for FREE. Also, learn about the application process and financial aid opportunities. Attendees will have an opportunity to speak with a counselor.

Information Session Dates





Please visit the following link for required forms and steps to apply:


From PCC’s Honors Program and a Student Ambassadorship to UCLA

Pasadena City College student Taline Balian has been recognized for her scholastic and extracurricular achievements at PCC and beyond. Graduating from PCC with a 4.0 grade point average and transferring to UCLA with the prestigious Regents Scholarship, Taline credits her successful transfer process to her hard work and the student supportive services at PCC.

As a newly-admitted student, Taline applied for - and was accepted into - the PCC Honors Program, which provides honors courses for students who have an unweighted 3.2 or higher high school GPA or a 3.2 or higher college GPA in 12 or more units of UC-transferable coursework and are eligible for ENGL 1A. Students who complete the required 15 units of Honors Program courses with B or higher grades in all Honors courses and maintain an overall 3.2 GPA at PCC receive priority consideration for admission to participating universities, including UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, and Pomona College. Taline believes that the rigor of her honors courses prepared her for the challenging academic environment at UCLA, and she enjoyed the small class sizes that her honors courses offered.

To learn more about the Honors Program, please visit:

Along with excelling in her honors classes, Taline became an active member of the Honors Program student community through her involvement with the Honors Club. As the club’s vice president, she helped produce events geared toward helping PCC students transfer, such as a PCC alumni panel, where former PCC students answered current students’ questions about the transfer process and adjusting to a four-year university.

Along with being an honor student, Taline was a Student Ambassador in PCC’s Outreach and Transfer Center. She gave campus tours to prospective students and their families, represented PCC at local events such as college fairs, and helped prospective students apply to the college and register for classes.

After obtaining her associate degree in political science at PCC, Taline went on to graduate summa cum laude from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in Russian studies. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in public policy.


Apply to PCC

Pasadena City College accepts applications for the winter, spring, summer, and fall terms. The opening dates that applications are accepted for the respective terms are listed below. Apply on- line at:




Application First Accepted

Winter 2021

October 1, 2020

Spring 2021

October 1, 2020

Summer 2021

December 1, 2020

Fall 2021

December 1, 2020


Application Days

PCC will conduct virtual application workshops at all in-district high schools on December 1, 2020, to ensure that students have assistance with the application process on the first day that applications are accepted for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021. Sign up at your Career Center today.

When will PCC Visit Your School?

Find out when the Outreach Team will visit your school on the Outreach Activities calendar listed on the PCC website at or contact your school’s counseling office or career/college center.

PCC Day at Your High School

PCC Day brings Pasadena City College to your high school campus. Representatives from PCC’s academic, vocational, and support programs appear in a fair or presentation format to help you discover all of PCC’s programs and services.

PCC Office of Community and School Relations

PCC’s Office of Community and School Relations coordinates the college’s outreach and recruitment activities.

Yvette Valdez, PCC’s Outreach and Transfer Counselor, provides preadmission counseling and advice about the Concurrent Enrollment Fast Track program. She also conducts presentations and special events.

Alan De La Vara, PCC’s High School Specialist, provides advisement, attends information fairs, and conducts presentations at local area high schools. In addition, Student Ambassadors attend information fairs and conduct PCC campus tours.

The Outreach Team provides:

  • Site visits to schools and community events
  • Presentations about a variety of topics, including transfer and vocational/occupational academic programs, support services, and financial aid
  • On-line Application Workshops
  • College/Career Fairs to acquaint you with PCC programs and services
  • Preadmission counseling about academic program and course requirements
  • PCC Campus Tours


Discover when the Outreach Team will host virtual events at your school. The master calendar of outreach activities is listed on the PCC website: You also may contact your school counselor for information about outreach activities.

Why Should You Study At Pasadena City College?

  • Pasadena City College is a top-rated, 2-year community college that serves more than 30,000 students every semester. The college is world-renowned for its high-quality education and extensive range of general education, transfer, certificate, and associate degree programs.
  • Widely recognized as a transfer leader, PCC ranks in the top 5 of community colleges in the state that transfer students to local universities, including the CSU and UC system, USC, Art Center College of Design, Caltech, and more.
  • PCC can meet a variety of educational needs with more than 60 academic and 70 Career and Technical Education programs as well as Extended Learning fee programs, Online Education, and the PCC Community Education Center
  • Classes are offered days, evenings, weekends, online, and on television.
  • PCC partners with the community providing occupational programs to train firefighters, dental assistants, paralegals, and many more professionals.
  • PCC offers generous financial aid and scholarships to students and awards nearly $28 million in student aid every year.
  • Nestled in the foothills of Pasadena, California, home of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl football game, PCC has educated more than a million students since its founding in 1924.
  • PCC Pathways Program: PCC has made a bold investment in the success of first year students, leveraging resources from a Title V grant, Student Access and Success Initiative (SASI) funds, and faculty and staff from across the campus to create the First Year Pathway Programs. Students enrolled in Pathways are guaranteed priority registration and provided with critical support in and out of the classroom.
PCC website:


Click on Concurrent Enrollment to be directed to the PCC website.
  • High School students that are interested in taking a PCC course, must see their counselor for prior approval and forms. 
  • If you'd like to get your PCC course on your SPHS transcript, you will have to get prior approval from Mrs. Wichman before taking the course. 
Extended Opportunity Programs (EOP)
This is a state-funded program at Pasadena City College that provides educational and financial support services to eligible students who have historically experienced economic and educational disadvantages. EOP&S assists eligible students in obtaining their educational goal of certificate, degree or transfer by providing additional support through counseling, tutoring, financial assistance,transfer services, career advisement, and other services.  See files to the right for application and more information about the EOP program.