College of the Desert

Tel: (760)346-8041
9,143 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:
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College of the Desert serves 9,143 students (37.68% of students are full-time).
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The college's student:teacher ratio of 44:1 is higher than the community college average of -:1.
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Minority enrollment is 79% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 71%.
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College of the Desert is one of 9 community colleges within Riverside County, CA.
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The nearest community college is Mayfield College (5.48 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 210 teachers has declined by 11% over five years.
College of the Desert 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 210 staff
60 staff

Student Body

The student population of 9,143 teachers has declined by 5% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 44:1 has increased from 40:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.54 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has declined by 18% over five years.
Total Enrollment 9,143 students 1,282 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 44:1
21:1
# Full-Time Students 3,445 students
810 students
# Part-Time Students 5,698 students
1,017 students
% Asian
3%
2%
% Hispanic
66%
7%
% Black
4%
12%
% White
21%
57%
% Two or more races
2%
2%
% Unknown races
1%
3%
% Non Resident races
2%
2%
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 0.53

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,316 is less than the state average of $5,694. The in-state tuition has grown by 72% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $6,636 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,316 $5,694
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,636 $10,252
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 80%
89%
Source: 2005 (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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  • Cathedral City
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    5.48 Mi | 313 students
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Did You Know?
For Riverside, CA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,573 per year for in-state students and $6,787 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.
Riverside, 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 0.48, which is equal to the national average of 0.48. The most diverse community college in Riverside, CA is Palo Verde College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.