Palomar College

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Palomar College
Palomar College logo
Motto Learning for Success
Established 1946
Type Public
President Robert P. Deegan
Academic staff
1,100 as of Fall 2003
Students 26,606[1]
Location Main: San Marcos, CA, USA
Campus Main: Urban; 200 acres (81 ha)
Athletics 24 teams
Colors Scarlet and Silver
Mascot Comets

Palomar College is a community college with one campus and six education sites in San Diego County, California, United States. The main campus is located in San Marcos, while the six education sites are located elsewhere throughout north San Diego County. The largest of these is the education center located in Escondido. Other education sites are located at Camp Pendleton, Mt. Carmel High School, Fallbrook High School, the Pauma Indian Reservation, and at Ramona High School.

The Palomar Community College District's facilities improvement measure, Proposition M, was passed by 57% of voters in the November 8, 2006 General Election. As a result, the $694 million provided by the measure, as well as over $200 million in matching funds from the State and an additional $37 million from Proposition 1D, will provide for the implementation of the college's Master Plan 2022.

In 2009, the college developed an "Integrated Planning, Evaluation, and Resource Allocation Decision-Making Model (IPM). This IPM aligns the college's long-range Master Plan, its mid-range Strategic Plan, and its short-range Program Review and Planning processes while also incorporating the new Resource Allocation Model (RAM).[2]

Academic programs

Palomar College offers more than 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.

  • Academic Divisions:
    • Arts, Media, Business and Computer Systems
    • Career, Technical and Extended Education
    • Languages and Literature
    • Mathematics and The Natural and Health Sciences
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences.
    • Emergency Medical Education
    • Fire Technology
    • Emergency Management

Media, newspapers and magazines

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".[3] The governing body of that association is named "Associated Student Government".[4]

The Associated Student Government 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."


There are many student run clubs at Palomar College, including:


  • Men’s and women’s
    • Basketball
    • Volleyball
    • Tennis
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Water polo
    • Cross country
  • Other Sports
    • Football
    • Baseball
    • Softball
    • Golf
    • Wrestling
    • Track and Field.

Notable alumni


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  2. Palomar Community College District Accreditation Follow-Up Report. March 2010.
  3. Palomar Community College District Policy BP 5400, adopted April 8, 2008.
  4. See "Associated Student Government" in Article III - Structure, Section 1 of the association's constitution.
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External links

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