Palomar College is a public two-year community college. The Palomar campus is located in San Marcos, California, approximately 30 miles north of San Diego. Palomar enrolls approximately 30,000 full-time and part-time students. Residents of California are charged only $46 per unit. At Palomar, students may choose from over 200 associate degree and certificate programs, complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, or enjoy personal enrichment classes for lifelong learning.
Our mission is to provide an engaging teaching and learning environment for students of diverse origins, experiences, needs, abilities, and goals. As a comprehensive community college, we support and encourage students who are pursuing transfer-readiness, general education, basic skills, career and technical training, aesthetic and cultural enrichment, and lifelong education. We are committed to helping our students achieve the learning outcomes necessary to contribute as individuals and global citizens living responsibly, effectively, and creatively in an interdependent and ever-changing world. See more on the Strategic Planning website.
Palomar College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation and the Department of Education.
The Palomar College Governing Board adopted a resolution on August 8, 2006, to request that the voters pass a $694 million proposition to maintain and modernize the 60-year-old college’s San Marcos campus and to create new educational opportunities in underserved areas of the District. The basis for Proposition M is the Master Plan 2022, which was published in August 2003.
Proposition M was approved by the voters on November 7, 2006. The total proposition will be funded through the sale of several series of bonds with the first series of bonds being sold in May 2007 (Series A, 2007).
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Committed to serving the entire district, the college literally takes learning to its communities via the Escondido Center and four strategically located sites. At the Center and sites, students may take credit courses leading to an associate degree or certificate, or they may complete transfer requirements for further study at a four-year institution. Many students also enroll in vocational programs, non-credit courses or seminars to upgrade career skills or to continue their lifelong journey of learning.