Citrus College
TypePublic community college
Established1915; 109 years ago (1915)
Parent institution
Citrus Community College District
PresidentGreg Schulz
1000 W. Foothill Blvd.
, , ,
United States

34°08′06.15″N 117°53′07.40″W / 34.1350417°N 117.8853889°W / 34.1350417; -117.8853889
104 acres (42 ha)
ColorsBlue and orange    
Sporting affiliations
SCFA (football)

Citrus College is a public community college in Glendora, California. The Citrus Community College District, which supports the institution, includes the communities of Azusa, Claremont, Duarte, Glendora and Monrovia. Founded in 1915 by educator Floyd S. Hayden, Citrus College is the oldest community college in Los Angeles County, California, and the fifth oldest in the state of California. Until 1961, the school was operated by the Citrus Union High School District and served the local area as both a high school and a junior college.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, Citrus College enrolled 19,626 students. It conferred 2,444 degrees and awarded 2,175 certificates. 531 students graduated with honors (GPAs of 3.3 to 4.0). Citrus College currently offers 65 associate degrees, 88 certificates and skill awards in career technical education programs, and 29 associate degrees for transfer (ADTs). Its operating budget for 2020-2021 is $78 million.


The fountain at Citrus College with library in background.

Citrus College has a 104-acre (42 ha) campus that includes 44 buildings and seven outdoor athletics facilities.

The Haugh Performing Arts Center (HPAC) is a 1,440-seat proscenium venue and is host to over 140 performances annually, with over 100,000 patrons in attendance. Seats are no more than 90 feet (27 m) from the stage.

The campus also holds a larger herbarium.

The campus is also served by a nearby rail station for the Metro A Line as of March 5, 2016.


The college's athletic teams are known as the Owls. The college currently fields eight men's and eight women's varsity teams. It competes as a member of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) in the Western State Conference (WSC) for all sports except football, which competes in Southern California Football Association (SCFA).[2] The football and soccer team play at the 10,000-seat-capacity Citrus Stadium.[3]


The college runs the Citrus Singers program.[citation needed] This program, started in the 1960s, has provided a foundation for students to learn music and perform. Many of its alumni have gone on to be performers on Broadway and Television.


The college has accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Its professional memberships include the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Community College League of California (CCLC).[4]

Notable faculty

Notable alumni

Free speech lawsuits

In 2003, at California's Citrus College, under the pressure of litigation and FIRE’s national campaign for campus constitutional rights, the Board of Trustees voted to rescind most of the speech codes at the public institution. This was the first victory in FIRE’s declared war on speech codes at public colleges and universities.[7]

The following year, Citrus College was sued again by FIRE when Citrus College reinstated its policy in the early 2010s, when a Young Americans for Liberty chapter, led by Gabriel Nadales and Vincenzo Sinapi-Riddle, was threatened with sanctions for not staying inside the "Free Speech Zone." In an interview to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Greg Lukianoff, the president of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, said, "'Citrus College agreed to eliminate its restrictive ‘free speech zone’ in the face of a FIRE lawsuit back in 2003, but later reinstated its speech quarantine when it thought no one was watching'...'But FIRE was watching, and we'll continue to do so. If the speech codes come back again, so will we.'"[8]


  1. ^ "California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office - Data Mart". Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  2. ^ "2019-20 CCCAA Directory" (PDF). California Community College Athletic Association. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Facilities". Citrus Owls. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  4. ^ "About Citrus College". Citrus College. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  5. ^ "USC Record-setting Kicker Chris Limahelu Dies". USC Trojans. April 7, 2010. Archived from the original on 26 May 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Lionel Manuel". Archived from the original on April 11, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  7. ^ "Citrus College: Speech Code Litigation - FIRE". FIRE. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  8. ^ "Citrus College to pay $110,000 to settle student's first amendment lawsuit". San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2014-12-03. Retrieved 2018-09-09.