Pasadena Colleges and Schools

Pasadena may be best-known as home of the Rose Bowl and the California Institute of Technology. It is also recognized for its temperate climate, walkability, rich culture, efficient public transportation, and sustainability. Key attractions include 16 museums, 11 performing arts venues, and more than 500 restaurants. Residents can get around by shuttles, light rail, and buses — around town and in the greater Los Angeles Area.

The Pasadena Unified School District partners with Pasadena City College to offer dual-enrollment and concurrent enrollment programs. Students who participate in these programs can earn college credit while still in high school — credit that can be applied to one of the colleges in Pasadena or elsewhere.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Pasadena

There are two primary trade and technical colleges in Pasadena.

Students at the Los Angeles College of Music study music performance, songwriting, composing, and music production and business. Faculty help graduating students contact real-world booking agents, attorneys, managers and publishers.

At Pasadena City College, students can choose from more than 90 academic areas of study, including career training in nursing and vocational arts.

Fun Facts about Pasadena Colleges and Universities

The California Institute of Technology is the best known of the three universities in Pasadena. Famous for its jet propulsion laboratory, science and engineering programs, and world-class research, Caltech also enjoys lighthearted traditions like dropping a pumpkin from top of the library.

Pacific Oaks College subscribes to the Quaker principles of social justice, respect, diversity and inclusion. This is reflected in the degree programs offered: early childhood education, education, teacher credentialing programs human development and marriage and family therapy.

Art Center College of Design offers degree programs in industrial design, visual and applied arts — all taught by practicing designers and artists.

Graduate Schools in Pasadena

Several universities in Pasadena offer graduate programs. The most popular graduate degree programs (by category) at each institution are as follows:

  • California Institute of Technology: engineering and physical sciences
  • Pacific Oaks College: human development
  • Art Center College of Design: visual arts (graphic design, film)
  • Fuller Theological Seminary: divinity/ministry and theological studies
  • University of the People: business administration


  • Art Center College of Design, Accessed January 2019,
  • California Institute of Technology, Accessed January 2019,
  • City of Pasadena, Accessed January 2019,
  • Los Angeles College of Music, Accessed January 2019,
  • National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator, Accessed January 2019,
  • Pacific Oaks College, Accessed January 2019,
  • Pasadena City College, Accessed January 2019,
  • Pasadena Now, "Pasadena Ranked One of the Top 100 American Places To Live In 2018," Accessed January 2019,
  • Pasadena Official Visitors Guide, Accessed January 2019,
Education Institutes in Pasadena
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Total Enrollment in all institutes
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Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
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On Campus and Online Programs in Pasadena
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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