Palomar College

Tel: (760)744-1150
24,821 students
Public institution
Palomar College is an educational leader committed to quality learning. We provide our community the knowledge, information, skills, and aesthetic appreciation necessary to live responsibly, effectively, and creatively in an interdependent and changing world.
School Highlights
Palomar College serves 24,821 students (32% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 45:1 is equalto than the state community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 56% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 71%.
Palomar College is one of 22 community colleges within San Diego County, CA.
The nearest community college is Kaplan College-Vista (2.60 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 552 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
College Palomar 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 552 staff
61 staff
Palomar College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 24,821 has declined by 11% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 45:1 has decreased from 49:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.66 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 112% over five years.
Total Enrollment 24,821 students 1,315 students
Palomar College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 45:1
22:1
Palomar College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 8,050 students
815 students
Palomar College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 16,771 students
1,061 students
Palomar College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Palomar College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
Palomar College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
7%
5%
Palomar College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
37%
20%
Palomar College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
3%
15%
Palomar College Black (2006-2013)
% White
44%
49%
Palomar College White (2006-2013)
% Hawaiian
1%
-
Palomar College Hawaiian (2008-2013)
% Two or more races
4%
3%
Palomar College More (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
2%
6%
Palomar College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
1%
1%
Palomar College Non Resident (2006-2013)
Palomar 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. 0.66 0.70
Palomar College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,328 is less than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has grown by 60% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,472 is less than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,328 $5,590
Palomar College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,472 $10,086
Palomar College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 59%
89%
Palomar College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Palomar College is a public two-year community college. The Palomar campus is located in San Marcos, California, approximately 30 miles north of San Diego. Palomar enrolls approximately 30,000 full-time and part-time students. Residents of California are charged only $26 per unit. At Palomar, students may choose from over 300 associate degree and certificate programs, complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree, or enjoy personal enrichment classes for lifelong learning. Palomar College is one of 108 colleges in the California Community Colleges system and eight in San Diego County. Located in San Marcos, California, our 200-acre main campus is nestled at the foot of the region's rolling coastal hills and valleys in a lovely area once named Los Vallecitos de San Marcos (Little Valleys of St. Mark) by Spaniard settlers in 1797. In addition to our main campus in San Marcos, we operate an educational center in Escondido, and five smaller centers throughout north San Diego County, in Rancho Penasquitos, Fallbrook, Ramona, Pauma Valley, and Camp Pendleton. Palomar College offers more than 300 Associates Degree and certificate programs, as well as not-for-credit community development and personal enrichment classes for life-long learning. We have transfer agreements with the California State University and University of California systems, and our high-level coursework in transferable classes fully prepares our students for success at four-year colleges and universities. In fact, Palomar students who transfer perform better in their first year at a four-year college than students from other community colleges. Our five academic divisions are: Arts, Media, Business and Computer Systems; Career, Technical and Extended Education; Languages and Literature; Mathematics and The Natural and Health Sciences; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Palomar College serves as a cultural hub of north San Diego County. Our 400-seat Howard Brubeck Theatre is the scene of highly-regarded dramatic, dance, and musical productions throughout the year. Palomar College has nearly two dozen athletic teams in about one dozen sports, including men's and women's basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, swimming, water polo, and cross country. Palomar College is an educational leader committed to quality learning. We provide our community the knowledge, information, skills, and aesthetic appreciation necessary to live responsibly, effectively, and creatively in an interdependent and changing world.

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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.