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.
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.
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.
Several universities in Pasadena offer graduate programs. The most popular graduate degree programs (by category) at each institution are as follows:
|School||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg. In-State Tuition & Fees||Number of Programs Offered|
|Art Center College of Design||2,251||Four or more years||$42,008||18|
|California Institute of Technology||2,238||Four or more years||$49,908||91|
|Fuller Theological Seminary||2,463||Four or more years||N/A||18|
|North-West College-Pasadena||166||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||8|
|Pacific Oaks College||1,100||Four or more years||N/A||8|
|Pasadena City College||27,324||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$1,348||149|
|Capstone College||25||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||1|
|Los Angeles College of Music||235||Four or more years||$24,304||17|
|Paul Mitchell the School-Pasadena||223||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||2|
|Providence Christian College||167||Four or more years||$29,372||1|
|Integrity College of Health||81||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||1|
|University of the People||2,138||Four or more years||$1,000||7|