Introducing Mount Tamalpais College

For over 20 years, the Prison University Project operated the College at San Quentin State Prison as an extension site of Patten University. In 2020, we became a Candidate for Accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges and changed our name to Mount Tamalpais College, a reference to the mountain that stands just outside the prison—a powerful symbol of hope and strength that connects members of our community, both inside and outside of San Quentin.

A 25-year Commitment to Education

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