Pasadena City College

Pasadena City College provides the San Gabriel Valley with a high quality, innovative and dynamic learning environment that inspires student success. Each semester we offer academic programs that encompass degrees, transfer programs, and certificates , to 29,500+ students.

We are new students and returning students. We are local, international, and online. We span many cultures — LGBT, multicultural, veterans, and everyone else in between.

We are science and math, liberal arts, music and art, athletics, nursing and vocational arts. We are recognized educators, experienced staff, and caring counselors. We offer an opportunity for students to transfer to top schools or to find new careers. We are achievers, impactors, and innovators. We break barriers. We are proud, bold and strong. We are all here with one goal: to be great.

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The Admissions & Records office is here for you before, during, and after your time at PCC. Our admissions area is the first stop for new students, reviewing 40,000+ applications each year. We will help you during your time at PCC, assisting you in registering for classes and paying fees each semester. And, our records area will maintain your student records during and after your departure from the

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Set your academic goals and make an educational plan with the advice of counselors in our counseling center. Use our student success centers, 24/7 online tutoring service, and robust library for the academic support and resources you need. Enrich your academic experience through our specialized academic programs, Honors program, and study abroad opportunities. Or, take advantage of our specialized services and programs for first-year students, first-generation college students, veterans, students with disabilities, and more.

Cal Tech University

Caltech at a Glance

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Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering Institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions and pressing societal challenges. Caltech's extraordinary faculty and students are expanding our understanding of the universe and inventing the technologies of the future, with research interests from quantum science and engineering to bioinformatics and the nature of life itself, from human behavior and economics to energy and sustainability.

Caltech is small but prizes excellence and ambition. The contributions of Caltech's faculty and alumni have earned national and international recognition, including 38 Nobel Prizes. The Institute manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA, sending probes to explore the planets of our solar system and quantify changes on our home planet; owns and operates large-scale research facilities such as the Seismological Laboratory and a global network of astronomical observatories, including the Palomar and W. M. Keck Observatories; and cofounded and comanages LIGO, which, in 2016, observed gravitational waves for the first time.

The Institute has one of the nation's lowest student-to-faculty ratios, with 300 professorial faculty members offering a rigorous curriculum and access to varied learning opportunities and hands-on research to approximately 1,000 undergraduates and 1,250 graduate students. Caltech is an independent, privately supported institution with a 124-acre campus located in Pasadena, California.


The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society.


Founded as Throop University in 1891 in Pasadena, California, and renamed the California Institute of Technology in 1920.

Research and Education

Academic Divisions

Academic options (majors)

Cross-disciplinary research institutes and centers

Faculty (1)

Approximately 300 professorial faculty

More than 600 research scholars

3:1 student-faculty ratio


Nobel Laureates (2) : 37

National Medal of Science Recipients (2) : 58

National Medal of Technology and Innovation Recipients (3) : 13

National Academies Memberships (3) : 127


961 undergraduate students

1,277 graduate students

36% female / 64% male

99% placed in the top tenth of their high school graduating class

Class of 2021:

  • 7,339 applicants
  • 235 members of the freshman class
  • 46% female / 54% male

Affording Caltech (1)

Students receiving need-based assistance: 51%

Average need-based financial-aid package: $46,095

Average indebtedness for class of 2016: $18,219

Living Alumni

Over 24,000 in the U.S. and around the world

Global Facilities

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Founded by Caltech in the 1930s and managed for NASA since 1958
  • 19 spacecraft and ten instruments employed in active missions
  • Recently launched missions include the Mars Science Laboratory, Juno, Jason 3, and NuSTAR
  • More than 100 research and mission collaborations with Caltech faculty

Caltech Seismological Laboratory

  • Internationally recognized for excellence in geophysical research
  • Provides research centers for seismic studies, high-performance computing, and mineral physics
  • Preeminent source for earthquake information in Southern California and around the world

International Observatory Network

  • W. M. Keck Observatory, Hawaii
  • Palomar Observatory, California
  • Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, Hawaii
  • Owens Valley Radio Observatory, California
  • Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), Washington and Louisiana
  • Chajnantor Observatory, Chile

Employees (1)

  • Caltech: 3,900
  • JPL: 5,500

Financial Information

FY 2017 revenues, including Campus and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), totaled approximately $2.9 billion.

  • JPL: $2.3 billion
  • Campus: $611 million

Campus Revenue Allocation:

  • Contracts and grants: 55.0%
  • Endowment payout: 21.2%
  • Gifts: 6.3%
  • Student tuition and fees: 6.8%
  • Other: 10.7%

Campus Expenses Allocation:

  • Instruction and academic support: 44.4%
  • Organized research: 38.2%
  • Institutional support: 11.8%
  • Auxiliary: 5.6%

At the end of FY 2017, Caltech's endowment totaled $2.6 billion.

(1) 2016–17 academic year
(2) Faculty and alumni
(3) Includes trustees
(4) Faculty only

Plan Your Visit

Situated in the heart of Pasadena at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, Caltech's 124-acre campus is 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles and approximately 30 miles from the ocean. The Caltech-managed Jet Propulsion Laboratory is about seven miles away.


Both the Caltech and JPL campuses are readily accessible by car, shuttle, bike, and public transit.


Caltech campus visitors may park in any commuter (unreserved) stall on campus with a daily or weekly permit. Visitor permits are required in all campus lots between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and may be purchased at automated pay stations within the lots. View the campus map for parking locations.

Undergrad Education

Caltech undergraduates enroll in core courses in physics, humanities, social sciences, math, chemistry, and biology, while a broad array of academic programs provide an opportunity for tailored educational experiences.



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Free WiFi

Enjoy Free WiFi in all rooms

Close to Attractions

10 Minutes to Cal Tech and Botanical Garden. 20 minutes to Dodger Stadium


Free Parking including spots next to door

Vending Machines

Vending Machines available for our Valued guests and Ice Maker.