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About Palomar College


Palomar College offers two-year vocational and semi-professional curricula and the first two years of college/university work towards an accredited baccalaureate degree program.

Students may earn an Associate in Arts Degree and/or a Certificate of Achievement in one or more of the programs. They may also complete lower division requirements (first two years) for transfer to a four-year college/university (General Education Requirement). Most students transferring from Palomar College to a public four-year college/university enroll at a campus of the University of California, such as UCSD, or at one of the California State Universities, such as SDSU or CSUSM.

How To Get To Palomar College

Palomar College is located in San Marcos, CA, off Hwy 78, which lies between I-5 and I-15. It is 30 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles south of Los Angeles. The closest airport is San Diego. If you are flying in to LAX or San Francisco, you can obtain a shuttle flight to San Diego.

Maps and directions to the Main Campus, San Marcos

Palomar College Campus Tour


To help students achieve their academic goals, Palomar College provides the following services:
Career Center

Short-term career classes, walk-in career counseling, resume writing assistance, career assessment, individual career counseling, occupational and job search materials, career and college videos. The Career Center is located in the Student Services Center building.

Counseling and Matriculation

Academic, assessment, vocational, and personal counseling are provided in the Counseling Center located in the Student Services Center building.
Transfer Center

The Transfer Center, located in the Student Union building, contains information, resources and staff to assist students with transfer planning. Representatives from four-year universities are also available, by appointments.

Library Services 

The Palomar College Library houses over 100,000 volumes, videos, CD’s and audio cassettes, in addition to the library’s extensive magazine and journal holdings. The Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) lab provides an area where students can use computer-formatted tutorials in over 250 class-related topics and do word processing. Internet access is available.

Tutorial Services

The Tutorial Center, located in the Library, provides help in many academic subjects.

Health Services Center

All students currently enrolled who have paid a college health fee qualify for many free or low cost health services which include emergency and first aid care, health assessment and screening, physical exams, immunization, TB tests, hearing and vision screening, lab tests, over the counter medicines and treatments. Health counseling and education are also provided for stress reduction, substance abuse, nutrition, sexually transmitted diseases and many other health related topics. (All International Students are required to have medical and accident insurance while attending Palomar College.)


Palomar College has intercollegiate teams in the following men’s sports: baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo, and wresting. Women can compete in the following intercollegiate sports: basketball, softball, soccer, swimming, tennis, water polo and volleyball.

Student Affairs Office

The Office of Student Affairs, located in SU 201 provides information for the varied needs of the students. The Office coordinates the housing board, sale board, aids in publicizing upcoming student activities held throughout the campus and issues student activity card upon receipt of payment (as of Spring 2018 semester, charge is $15 per semester. Information about alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs and referral services is also available.

Bookstore Services

The Palomar College Bookstore is a comprehensive operation that provides textbooks, supplemental reading materials, and auxiliary supplies for students and staff.

Other Organizations and Activities Offered at Palomar:
Art Gallery Theatre Campus Police Planetarium
Library International Club Facebook Page TV and Radio Wellness/Fitness Center
Associated Student Government Student Clubs and Organizations