About Los Medanos College

 What Makes LMC Special...

  • Aspen Prize 2017-2023 logos, College Choice 2016-17 Best Community CollegesOur Mission: Student Learning & Success

    Los Medanos College offers award-winning transfer and career-technical programs, stellar support services, and diverse learning opportunities in East Contra Costa County.  Our exceptional educators, innovative curriculum, growing degree and certificate offerings, and strong regional partnerships focus squarely on student success.  Of the 1,600 two-year institutions across the nation, LMC has received four consecutive recognitions as a “Top 150 U.S. Community College” by the Aspen Institute (2017, 2019, 2021 & 2023) and was named one of the “50 Best Community Colleges for 2017” by College Choice.  

    LMC Mission, Vision & Values Statements

  • Our Los Medanos College "family": Students and staff enjoy the friendly atmosphere here – the feeling that we're all here to help one another.
  • Our faculty: Students rave about their professors and the personal attention they receive.

  • Our beautiful new facilities: The LMC service area has undergone rapid growth and development. To serve its ever-expanding community In fall 2020 LMC completed a new Brentwood Center located at 1351 Pioneer Square, the new Center houses 15 instructional classrooms, four science labs, library resources, tutoring labs, and open learning spaces, as well as a bookstore, a food service area, and 738 parking spaces. The College completed construction of a 30,450 square-foot Kinesiology & Athletics Complex, followed by a new 36,600 square-foot Student Union in spring 2020. The first floor of the Student Union includes a new bookstore, food services area, student lounge, and a 485-seat conference center. The second floor features new offices and meeting space for Student Life and the Associated Students, a large social gathering area for student clubs, and meeting space for up to four learning communities. In spring 2019, LMC opened a new Campus Safety Center, which provides enhanced emergency operations for the College.
  • Our diverse student body: When a variety of ages, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds converge in the classroom, interesting things happen.
  • Our small classes: Because the average class size is 35, students get to know their classmates and their instructors.
  • Our Transfer Programs & Services: Students who plan to transfer to a four-year university get on the right track through Transfer Admission Guarantees, "IGETC," Transfer Academy and other transfer programs.


  • Fast  Facts


    • Year Founded: 1974, the third of three community colleges in Contra Costa County, serving primarily the East Contra Costa County community.
    • President: Bob Kratochvil
    • Location: Los Medanos College's district includes East Contra Costa County; the main campus is located in Pittsburg, approximately 40 miles east of San Francisco and 30 miles east of Berkeley/Oakland. Major highway access is Highway 4, closest major airport, Oakland. The Brentwood Center is located 14 miles southeast of the main campus in Brentwood.
    • Campus size: Main campus: 120 acres (buildings and grounds); Brentwood Center: 22,000 sq. ft. (buildings only)
    • Accreditation: Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
      • Average class size: 28
      • Enrollment by semester: Varies, approximately 9,000 students or 3,500 FTES fall/spring
    • Full-time faculty: 120
    • Part-time faculty: 271
    • Full and part-time classified staff: 180  (123 full-time and 75 part-time)
    • Administrators: 28 (including 18 Educational Administrators)
    • Enrollment fee is $46 per unit for California residents; additional $290 per unit for non-residents

    Fall 2018 (data from California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Faculty & Staff Demographics Report)

    "Fingertip Facts"  from the district office on all three colleges in our system

  • Demographics
  • More about Los Medanos College
    • Popular majors: Liberal studies, nursing, engineering, math, English, physical and biological sciences, business, behavioral sciences, fire technology, child development, administration of justice, process technology, electrical and instrumentation technology.
    • Student Resources: Library; science, math, music study labs; more than 700 computers for student use; career center; free tutoring for current students on many subjects; Honors Scholars program, learning communities and special academic programs including Umoja, Puente, Transfer Academy and MESA.
    • College activities: Theatrical and musical performances featuring student work, student clubs, art gallery.
    • Child care: Available for children of students, staff, and community members at the Child Study Center on the main campus in Pittsburg
    • Athletics: Intercollegiate women's soccer, softball and volleyball; men's football and baseball; and men's and women's basketball
    • Housing: None on campus; apartments nearby



LibraryLos Medanos College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and College ,10 Commercial Blvd. Suite 204 Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information, including filing complaints against member institutions, can be found at www.accjc.org.

Approved by

  • California State Board of Community Colleges
  • California Department of Education, Bureau of School Approvals
    for the enrollment of veterans and eligible persons under Title 38 of the U.S. Code.
  • State Board of Registered Nursing
  • State Board of Vocational Nursing
  • University of California
  • California State Colleges and Universities
  • Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training
  • Contra Costa County Emergency Medical Services Office

LMC Accreditation web pages for information on the process