Why Pacific Oaks?

At Pacific Oaks College, you'll receive an empowering, transformational education specifically tailored to adults and non-traditional students—one in which your unique background and strengths are valued and respected and you are encouraged to leverage those gifts to achieve your full potential.

Here are just a few of the things that set us apart:

We are flexible and convenient.

We recognize that our students lead busy lives, so we offer our programs in a wide range of formats—including evening, weekend, and weekday options. We offer programs online, at our main campus in Pasadena, at our San Jose campus, and at convenient instructional sites throughout California.

We are diverse and affirming.

At Pacific Oaks, you will find yourself immersed in a vibrant and supportive community of students and faculty from wide-ranging ethnic, cultural, educational, and experiential backgrounds. Founded more than 60 years ago on the principles of inclusion and social justice, we our known for our distinctive Culture-Centered Model of Education, through which we will actively nurture and encourage you to leverage your unique identity and strengths to achieve your potential.

We value your life experience.

While most schools value “textbook learning,” we believe that what you have learned on the job and throughout your life can be equally instructive—so much that you may even have the opportunity to receive academic credit for your life experience. Throughout your educational journey with us, you will also benefit from our unique “experiential learning” approach—learning by sharing and reflecting on your past experiences and those of your peers, and through diverse real-world training opportunities.

We respect you as an adult.

Pacific Oaks believes that every individual has a unique and valuable background, skill set, and perspective. That belief creates a classroom experience like no other—one in which you are treated with respect, encouraged to speak freely, and benefit from a genuinely collaborative and egalitarian learning process.