Palomar College Learning For Success

About Palomar College

Palomar College. Learning for Success.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 25,000 full-time and part-time students. Residents of California are charged only $46 per unit. At Palomar, students may choose from over 150 associate degree and certificate programs, complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, train for a career, or enjoy personal enrichment classes for lifelong learning.

Mission Statement

Palomar College respects each of our students’ experiences and supports them to achieve academic success. As a community college, we encourage our students to embrace the best version of themselves and prepare them to engage with our local and global communities.

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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.

Locations and Maps

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.

All Campus Locations

Prop M

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).