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 Institutional Research and 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.
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The main campus in San Marcos offers the majority of our courses and all administrative and student service-focused offices. Committed to serving the entire district, the college has established Education Centers in Escondido, Fallbrook and Rancho Bernardo, and education sites in targeted areas of the district. At the Education Centers and sites, students may take credit courses leading to an associate degree or certificate, complete transfer requirements for further study at a four-year institution or pursue career training opportunities.
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).