Pasadena Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Pasadena Colleges and Schools

Pasadena, Calif., can hardly be described as 'boring,' particularly when it comes to things for students at Pasadena colleges and schools to do. From shows to catch at The Boston Court Performing Arts Center to bridge parties along Colorado Street, entertainment and fun is almost a guarantee. Plus, there are a variety of dining establishments to try from gourmet restaurants to pop-up style and even vegan, as well as shopping to do, and of course, the Rose Bowl Parade to catch every year.

Colleges in Pasadena, California

  • California Institute of Technology: Commonly referred to as CalTech, this school offers opportunities for learning in biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, physics, math and more. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are available, and the school boasts gene sequencing facilities, an Earth Surface Dynamics Laboratory, a Tectonics Observatory and more in support of its focus on research.
  • Pasadena City College: Explore programs in accounting, biology, education, medical assisting -- even Chinese and more -- at this school in Southern California. Certificate and associate degrees are the standards, but there also are a wide variety of athletic teams for students to get involved in, including badminton for women. There also is a bookstore, Child Development Center and Office of Student Services.
  • ArtCenter College of Design: With two campuses in Pasadena, this school offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in art disciplines as varied as advertising, fine arts, film, graphic design, illustration and more. There also are humanities degrees as well as public programs, such as ArtCenter at night (continuing education courses), and numerous workshops and events to attend. Students can take advantage of Counseling and Wellness Services as well as get engaged in leadership and civic engagement opportunities.

Fun Facts about Pasadena Colleges

  • Among CalTech's alumni are 17 Noble-prize winning scientists.
  • PCC's mascot is the "Lancer," -- yes, a mounted Greek warrior.
  • ArtCenter has, of course, its own art gallery (among 8 others), but the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery is 4,600 square feet in total.


  1. About ArtCenter, ArtCenter College of Design, http://www.artcenter.edu/about/overview.html
  2. Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, ArtCenter College of Design, http://www.artcenter.edu/about/campus/hillside-campus/facilities/alyce-de-roulet-williamson-gallery.html
  3. Notable Alumni, CalTech, https://www.admissions.caltech.edu/content/notable-alumni
  4. Quick Facts, Pasadena Community College, http://www.pasadena.edu/about/quick-facts.php
  5. Research Facilities, CalTech, https://www.caltech.edu/content/research-facilities
  6. Things to Do in Pasadena, The Pasadena Visitors and Convention Bureau, http://www.visitpasadena.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Pasadena-CVB-Official-Visitor-Guide-2015-2016.pdf

Featured Colleges in the Pasadena Area (QuickSchools™)

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Platt College

Alhambra, CA

Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Associate, Certificate, Bachelor

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Los Angeles, CA; Irvine, CA

Pursue a certificate, master, or doctorate degree in Psychology at The Chicago School for Professional Psychology.

  • Program Categories: Psychology, Counseling and Mental Health
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

Fremont College

Cerritos, CA

Fremont College traces its roots to Platt College’s founding in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1879, and the Southern California branch campus was established in 1986.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Associate

North-West College

West Covina, CA

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Certificate

Intercoast Colleges

West Covina, CA

Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges.

  • Program Categories: Psychology, Counseling and Mental Health, Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Certificate

Universal Technical Institute

Long Beach, CA; Rancho Cucamonga, CA

At Universal Technical Institute (UTI), you won’t just train for a career. 

  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Diploma, Certificate
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Colleges in Pasadena with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida St
Pasadena, CA 91103

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: illustration, industrial design, graphic design, film studies, fine arts studies, photography, commercial art, environmental design
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 1,832 students, 2,053 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Study abroad option.

California Institute of Technology
1200 E California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91125

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, biology, computer and info science, aerospace engineering, physics courses
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's.
  • Student Body: 2,133 students, 2,172 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 878 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 700-760. Math: 770-800. Writing: 690-770.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Fuller Theological Seminary in California
135 N Oakland Ave
Pasadena, CA 91182

  • Programs: theology, ministry, missionary studies, marriage and family therapy, clinical psychology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Master's. Doctor's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 3,024 students, 1,724 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 602 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Pacific Oaks College
5 Westmoreland Pl
Pasadena, CA 91103

  • Programs: social studies, marriage and family therapy, elementary school teaching, social services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 1,064 students, 481 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services.

Pasadena Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Pasadena City College
1570 E Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106-2003

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: interdisciplinary studies, registered nursing, automobile mechanics, accounting, legal assistant, cosmetology, child development, administrative assistant
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 26,672 students, 17,891 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option.
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Colleges in Nearby Cities and Towns

(Student count includes part-time and full-time; not all students live in the city or town. Data as of 2007.)

City/Town Colleges Pop.
Students Dorms
Alhambra Colleges 5 85,804 188  
Glendale Colleges 2 194,973 17,108  
Monrovia Colleges 1 36,929 511  
Monterey Park Colleges 1 60,051 28,889  
Rosemead Colleges 2 53,505 238 274
Temple City Colleges 1 33,377 111  

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