Motto in English
|Learning for Success|
|Established||September 23, 1946|
1140 West Mission Road,
|Colors||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, satellite campuses in Rancho Bernardo and Fallbrook opened. The South Education Center in Rancho Bernardo is located on 27 acres at 11111 Rancho Bernardo Road, and the North Education Center in Fallbrook is located on 81 acres at 35090 Horse Ranch Creek Road. Other education sites are located at Camp Pendleton, the Pauma Indian Reservation, and at Ramona High School.
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
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
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". The association is required by law to "encourage students to participate in the governance of the college".
The governing body of the association is named "Associated Student Government" (ASG). 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".
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.
- Todd Bankhead – professional football player
- Joey Beltran – professional mixed martial artist for Bellator Fighting Championships, formerly fighting for King of the Cage, Strikeforce, and UFC
- Ken Block – Rally Car driver, and founder of DC Shoes
- Travis Browne – professional MMA fighter, current UFC heavyweight contender, played basketball for Palomar
- Matt Chico – professional baseball player
- Tom Dempsey – professional football player best known for his then-record 63-yard field goal with the New Orleans Saints
- Ryan Dahl - software engineer, inventor of Node.js
- Pita Elisara – professional football player
- Lina Fanene – professional wrestler for WWE and plus-sized model
- Saalim Hakim – professional football player
- James Hoyt – professional baseball player
- Candi Kubeck – captain of ValuJet Flight 592, which crashed into the Florida Everglades on May 11, 1996.
- Bobby Lee (attended) – comedian and actor
- Tim Hill (attended) – professional baseball player
- Tommy Lister Jr. - Actor and former professional wrestler
- Tom Luginbill – college football quarterback and college football analyst for ESPN
- Brett Salisbury – college football quarterback and author of the Transform Diet
- Jesse Taylor (attended) – Junior College State Champion in 2004; current professional MMA fighter, two-time Ultimate Fighter Finalist, UFC Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Season Champion 
- Kenbrell Thompkins (attended) – professional football player
- Nick Vincent (born 1986) - professional baseball player
- Robert Stromberg - Oscar-winning art director, production designer, special effects artist, and filmmaker
- Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz (1921–2014), surfer and physician
- Palomar Community College District Policy BP 5400 Archived July 24, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, adopted April 8, 2008.
- Section 76060 of the California Education Code. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
- See "Associated Student Government" in Article III – Structure, Section 1 Archived January 31, 2013, at the Wayback Machine of the association's constitution.
- Section 76060.5 of the California Education Code. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
- "Joey Beltran MMA Bio". Retrieved January 1, 2014.
- "Browne continues to add wrinkles to game – MMA Blog – ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
- "Travis Browne UFC Bio". Retrieved January 1, 2014.
- "Jesse Taylor MMA Bio". Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved January 1, 2014.