College of the Desert

Tel: (760)346-8041
9,143 students
Public institution
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 9,143 students (38% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 44:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 79% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 63%.
College of the Desert is one of 9 community colleges within Riverside County, CA.
The nearest community college is Mayfield College (5.5 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
59 staff
College of the Desert Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 9,143 teachers has grown 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 8% over five years.
Total Enrollment
9,143 students
1,282 students
College of the Desert Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 44:1
College of the Desert student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
3,445 students
810 students
College of the Desert Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 5,698 students
1,017 students
College of the Desert Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
College of the Desert Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
College of the Desert Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
College of the Desert Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
College of the Desert Black (2006-2013)
% White
College of the Desert White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
College of the Desert More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
College of the Desert Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
College of the Desert non_resident (2006-2013)
College of the Desert 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. 0.54 0.53
College of the Desert Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,316 is less than the state average of $5,742. 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 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,636 $10,294
College of the Desert Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 80%
College of the Desert % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (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.

Nearby Schools:

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Cathedral City Mayfield College
    Private for-profit
    35-325 Date Palm Dr Ste 101
    Cathedral City, CA 92234
    5.5  Mi  |  313  students
  • Palm Springs Kaplan College-Palm Springs
    Private for-profit
    2475 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
    Palm Springs, CA 92262
    8.5  Mi  |  304  students
  • Joshua Tree Copper Mountain Community College
    6162 Rotary Way
    Joshua Tree, CA 92252
    28  Mi  |  1792  students
  • San Jacinto Mt San Jacinto Community College District
    1499 N. State St.
    San Jacinto, CA 92583
    33.2  Mi  |  13192  students
  • Yucaipa Crafton Hills College
    11711 Sand Canyon Road
    Yucaipa, CA 92339
    45.3  Mi  |  5666  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 lower than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Riverside, CA is Palo Verde College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.