Academic Experience

Location
Pasadena, CA
Undergrads
8,092
Tuition (in-state)
$6,504 ($1,152)
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3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Workload is manageable, but you will once in a while get a teacher who insists on overloading students with homework. Political Science majors concern themselves more with student government than other majors, however.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Registration process is quite cutthroat, the professors are either really good or mediocre here, and workloads/special programs are relatively manageable.

Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: Pasadena City College doesn't provide a major in the field I am pursuing but it the classes and workload at PCC was very helpful in providing me with what I needed to transfer to a university that will provide me with a major in art history.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: I don't know about much of the academics provided outside of art history, but as of the classes given for art and art history the academics offered are really great, and there are a lot of options. The professors for these classes are either experts in their fields and love what they do and teach, so you feel that you are getting the most out of the time your send in class.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: My clinical professors have been great and provided a lot to experience and great skills training.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 26th
    Best Class Sizes
  • 1024th
    Most Accessible Professors
  • 1278th
    Least Stressful Workloads
  • 1547th
    Best Class Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Yi Nan Li
Hometown
Henderson, Nevada
Major
Accounting
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Pasadena City College offers many programs for various types of students to choose from, which save them a lot of time and money. Programs are divided into pre-college and high school, community, special interest, distance, and transfer and degree. Each program is specifically designed to help different students reach their academic career goals in a short period of time. Courses in the fall and spring semesters normally take 15 weeks to complete and provide students with lots of interaction-time with the professors. The class courses are designed to help 18-and-up students that are independently motivated and want to successfully complete their courses.

In most of the classes, students are absolutely required to attend class, but other important grading factors include homework, assignments, and class participation, which are all a huge portion of your grade. Therefore, attending class is essential for students who want to earn good grades. If a student needs additional help, there are many student resources on campus. There are workshop and tutoring centers that can provide students with academic help. Also, these centers help students improve their method of studying.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
25:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
375
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
702
Full-Time Retention Rate
80%
Part-Time Retention Rate
59%
Transfer-Out Rate
13%
Graduation Rate
37%
Colleges/Divisions
  • Business and Computer Technology
  • Community Education Center
  • Engineering and Technology
  • English
  • Guidance
  • Health Sciences
  • Kinesiology, Health and Athletics
  • Languages
  • Library
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Performing and Communication Arts
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual Arts and Media Studies
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): Yes
Programs/Majors Offered
50
Most Popular Majors
  • Automotive Mechanics: Unknown
  • Cosmetology: Unknown
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other: Unknown
  • Registered Nursing (RN): Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: Yes
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: No
Class Sizes
The average number of people in class is 30, but this depends on the class.
Student/Professor Relationships
Most of the professors are amiable and close to students; however, there is always the exception.
Testing & Grading Procedures
For the grading process, some professors focus on midterm exams and final exams; however, most of them prefer to balance out grades through tests and assignments over the course of the year. Assignments are an important chunk of your grade.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
On the first day of the semester, most of the classes are doing check-ins and syllabus overviews. Normally, during an ordinary day, professors just follow the syllabus and teach what's on the syllabus.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
For most of the course, students deal with homework, projects, midterms, and essays, with finals at the end of the semester. The projects are usually worth lots of points, and if you have questions, the College has an academic help center and a tutoring center to assist you with the project.

Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • So many people attend PCC that it's hard for new students to register for the classes they want.
  • You have to take at least 15 units at PCC before you can transfer to a different school.
Tips to Succeed
  • Find a study group if you need extra help.
  • Keep track of every class you are taking and attend classes; once you're lost, you will be lost for the rest of the semester.
Full-Time Faculty
375
Female Faculty
59%
Male Faculty
41%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 9%
Asian American: 13%
Hispanic: 13%
International: 0%
Native American: 2%
White: 63%
Unknown: 0%
Average Faculty Salary
$83,757
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
  • Pasadena City College is a great opportunity and students find themselves loving it more and more every day. Just to start, a few of the great things about Pasadena City College include: the professors, study groups, transfer rates, and school activities. The professors at Pasadena City College are willing to help you and make it much easier to achieve success. Finding a study group is also always an excellent way to stay on top of grades. Next, the transfer rate is higher in Pasadena City College compared to those of other colleges in Los Angeles. Approximately 45 percent of Pasadena City College students are transfer students and each year at least thirty percent of the students will transfer to a UC system school and other universities around Los Angeles. Pasadena City College's relaxing campus has many students hanging around and there are constantly activities and special events happening.
  • PCC is the third largest community college campus in the nation.

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 170 responses

  • 32% Learned a lot of new things
  • 25% Applicable to the real world
  • 21% Will advance my career
  • 15% Learned a few new things
  • 5% Will help me switch careers
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 1% Waste of time

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