Palomar College

Coordinates: 33°08′58″N 117°11′05″W / 33.1494°N 117.1848°W / 33.1494; -117.1848
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Palomar College
Palomar College logo
Motto in English
Learning for Success
EstablishedSeptember 23, 1946; 77 years ago (1946-09-23)
PresidentStar Rivera-Lacey
1140 West Mission Road
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United States
CampusMultiple sites
Scarlet and silver

Palomar College is a public community college in San Diego County, California. The main campus is in San Marcos and three centers and four education sites are located elsewhere throughout north San Diego County. The largest of these by student population is the education center located in Escondido. In 2018, education centers in Rancho Bernardo and Fallbrook opened. The Rancho Bernardo Education Center is located on 27 acres at 11111 Rancho Bernardo Road, and the Fallbrook Education Center is located on 81 acres at 35090 Horse Ranch Creek Road. Other education sites are located at Camp Pendleton and at Ramona High School.


The new Palomar College library.
Palomar college sign

Palomar College offers 250 associate's degrees and certificate programs, and also offers programs for students wishing to transfer to many different four-year universities, including institutions in the University of California and California State University systems. These programs are organized into five academic divisions:

  • Arts, Media, Business Administration
  • Career, Technical and Extended Education
  • Languages and Literature
  • Mathematics and The Natural and Health Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
A Palomar College Ford Police Interceptor Utility car parked outside of the cafeteria

In addition, Palomar College and other local adult schools in North County work collaboratively to leverage services and resources to better serve adult education students in the areas of Adult Basic Education, ESL, GED, HISET, high school diploma, and post-secondary education and vocational training. Palomar College is the lead member of the Education to Career Network of North San Diego County. ETCN is one of 71 Consortiums in the State of California and is funded by the California Adult Education Program. Members of the ETCN Consortium are: Escondido Adult School, Palomar College, Poway Adult School, Ramona Adult School, San Marcos Adult School, and Vista Adult School.


  • IMPACT, lifestyle magazine
  • KKSM, radio
  • PCTV (shares airtime with ITV Cable 16), television
  • The Telescope, college newspaper

Associated Student Government[edit]

The Governing Board of the Palomar Community College District has authorized the students of the District to organize a student body association named "Associated Students of the Palomar Community College District".[1] The association is required by law to "encourage students to participate in the governance of the college".[2]

The governing body of the association is named "Associated Student Government" (ASG).[3] The ASG is a student-run organization at Palomar that strives to create a better campus for its students. Members of the ASG serve on campus-wide shared-governance committees and hiring committees, lobby State and Federal representatives on student issues, attend leadership conferences, and are responsible for Comet Week, Springfest, and some campus-wide activities. Members of the ASG have opportunities to attend conferences, special on-campus parking, and serve on campus-wide committees as the "voice of the students."

The Associated Students periodically participates in meetings sponsored by a statewide community college student organization named Student Senate for California Community Colleges. The statewide Student Senate is authorized by law "to advocate before the Legislature and other state and local governmental entities".[4]


The intercollegiate athletic program at Palomar College consists of a combined 22 men's and women's sports teams, averaging over 450 participating student-athletes per year. Men's and women's sports include basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, swimming, water polo, and cross country. Other Sports are football, baseball, softball, golf, wrestling, track and field.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ Palomar Community College District Policy BP 5400 Archived July 24, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, adopted April 8, 2008.
  2. ^ Section 76060 of the California Education Code. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  3. ^ See "Associated Student Government" in Article III – Structure, Section 1 Archived January 31, 2013, at the Wayback Machine of the association's constitution.
  4. ^ Section 76060.5 of the California Education Code. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "Joey Beltran MMA Bio". Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  6. ^ "Browne continues to add wrinkles to game – MMA Blog – ESPN". Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  7. ^ "Travis Browne UFC Bio". Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  8. ^ "Jesse Taylor MMA Bio". Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved January 1, 2014.

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