MiraCosta College

Tel: (760)757-2121
14,514 students
Public institution
MiraCosta College, one of California's comprehensive, public two-year community colleges, has served the coastal area of North San Diego County for 75 years. Recognizing that individuals and domestic and international communities are diverse and changing, the college is committed to offering a variety of programs and services in Transfer Education, Vocational Education, General Education, Basic Skills Education, Community Education and Support Services.
School Highlights
MiraCosta College serves 14,514 students (33% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 43:1 is lower than the state community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 53% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 71%.
MiraCosta College is one of 22 community colleges within San Diego County, CA.
The nearest community college is College of the Marshall Islands (4.60 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 340 teachers has grown by 25% over five years.
College MiraCosta College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 340 staff
61 staff
MiraCosta College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 14,514 has grown by 21% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 43:1 has increased from 38:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.67 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 42% over five years.
Total Enrollment 14,514 students 1,315 students
MiraCosta College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 43:1
MiraCosta College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 4,846 students
815 students
MiraCosta College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 9,668 students
1,061 students
MiraCosta College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
MiraCosta College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
MiraCosta College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
MiraCosta College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
MiraCosta College Black (2006-2013)
% White
MiraCosta College White (2006-2013)
% Hawaiian
MiraCosta College Hawaiian (2008-2013)
% Two or more races
MiraCosta College More (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
MiraCosta College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
MiraCosta College Non Resident (2006-2013)
MiraCosta College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.67 0.70
MiraCosta College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,148 is less than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has grown by 71% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,588 is less than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,148 $5,590
MiraCosta College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,588 $10,086
MiraCosta College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 46%
MiraCosta College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • MiraCosta College is a public California community college serving coastal North San Diego County. The college was founded in 1934 as Oceanside-Carlsbad Junior College, the second community college in San Diego County. Changed name to MiraCosta College and moved to Barnard Drive location in 1964. Student Resources includes library and information hubs at both the Oceanside and San Elijo campuses; More than 1,000 networked computers for student use; Wellness Center at the Oceanside Campus; free tutoring in nearly every subject; more than 1,000 students participate in Service Learning projects related to class curricula; Honors Scholars Program and active national honor society. MiraCosta's Adult Learning Center opened in 1992 at a newly remodeled site on Horne Street. The center relocated to its current Mission Avenue location in 2000 and was renamed the Community Learning Center. Over the years the center has expanded its adult education offerings to include parenting classes, workshops for older adults, and programs for those who are physically and mentally challenged. The Cisco Academy, which offers training in computer networking, is also housed at the center. The college's Small Business Development Center is right next door. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Did You Know?
For San Diego County, CA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,882 per year for in-state students and $8,693 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,778 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

San Diego County, CA community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.74, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in San Diego County, CA is Coleman University. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.