College of the Desert

Tel: (760)346-8041
9,235 students
Public institution

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COD is a two-year, public institution that provides lower division academic, vocational, and basic skills education. We are a successful college because we make decisions based on a systematic assessment of the needs of the community and the application of our core values.
School Highlights:
College of the Desert serves 9,235 students (38% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 67% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 63%.
College of the Desert is one of 8 community colleges within Riverside County, CA.
The nearest community college is Kaplan College-Palm Springs (8.5 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of - teachers has declined by 100% over five years.
College of the Desert Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public

Student Body

The student population of 9,235 teachers has grown by 6% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 40:1 has increased from 37:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.54 is more than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has declined by 8% over five years.
Total Enrollment
9,235 students
1,287 students
College of the Desert Total Enrollment (2006-2012)
# Full-Time Students
3,546 students
832 students
College of the Desert Full-Time Students (2006-2012)
# Part-Time Students 5,689 students
1,021 students
College of the Desert Part-Time Students (2006-2012)
College of the Desert sch enrollment College of the Desert sta enrollment
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
% Asian
4%
2%
College of the Desert Asian (2006-2012)
% Hawaiian
-
1%
% Hispanic
59%
7%
College of the Desert Hispanic (2006-2012)
% Black
3%
12%
College of the Desert Black (2006-2012)
% White
33%
66%
College of the Desert White (2006-2012)
% Two or more races
-
2%
College of the Desert More (2010-2011)
College of the Desert sch ethnicity College of the Desert sta ethnicity
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. 0.54 0.45
College of the Desert Diversity Score (2006-2012)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,316 is less than the state average of $5,845. The in-state tuition has grown by 72% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $6,440 is less than the state average of $10,047. The out-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,316 $5,845
College of the Desert In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,440 $10,047
College of the Desert Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Source: 2012 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

College of the Desert offers two types of academic tracks; (1) lower division transfer courses required for most majors and professions at four-year universities or colleges and, (2) a wide variety of curricular offerings designed to meet the needs of those preparing for immediate employment, for those who are currently employed and need to upgrade their skills, or for those who are interested in a job retraining program and personal development. The Center for Training and Development provides a variety of unique programs and services designed to assist in the growth and stability of both area businesses and the College itself. The Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts is a nonprofit cultural and educational facility located on College of the Desert's campus. Committed to educational excellence, The Marks Center provides a venue for artistic exploration, experimentation and research. Traditional formats of painting, drawing, sculpture ceramics, photography and printmaking are complemented by contemporary applications in papermaking, book arts, performance and installation arts. College of the Desert is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

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