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About Palomar College

Palomar College, in San Marcos, California, is a public two-year community college just north of San Diego.

Choose from nearly 200 programs. Complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree, get career technical training, or enjoy personal enrichment classes.
Palomar enrolls over 20,000 full-time and part-time students. California residents pay only $46 per unit!


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.


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.

Meet the leadership that helps us achieve this mission:

Palomar Foundation

Our goal is to remove financial barriers and open doors to essential educational resources by encouraging philanthropic support. You can make a difference.

Institutional Research and Planning

Our extensive institutional research and planning contributes to our success by providing our campus community with information and decision-making support to advance the College’s mission.

  • Education and Facilities Master Plan 2022
  • Strategic Plan 2022
  • Staffing Master Plan
  • Student Equity Plan
  • Institutional Effectiveness
  • Strategic Enrollment Management
  • Program Review and Planning
  • Technology Master Plan

Palomar College is a Proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) are colleges and universities that are formally designated by the United States Department of Education for their commitment to serving the Hispanic population. With 47% of our student population identifying as Hispanic, we surround our Hispanic/Latinx students with peers and support them with quality resources so they can succeed in their pursuit of a higher education.


With the main campus in San Marcos and education centers in Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and Fallbrook, and education sites in Camp Pendleton and Ramona students have many convenient options to pursue their goals.

Why Choose Palomar?

Beautiful, state-of-the-art campus and education centers, robust sports teams, and a welcoming community are simply bonuses when it comes to why students choose Palomar.

View all the top reasons students are choosing Palomar College!

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