College of the Desert

  • 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 9,719 students (37% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 48:1 is higher than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 71% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 68%.
  • College of the Desert is one of 9 community colleges within Riverside County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to College of the Desert is Mayfield College (5.5 miles away).

Top Placements

College of the Desert places among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 204 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
College of the Desert(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty204 staff97 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of College of the Desert has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 48:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The College of the Desert diversity score of 0.58 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment9,719 students7,516 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio48:144:1
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# Full-Time Students3,613 students1,613 students
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# Part-Time Students6,106 students5,903 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
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% Asian
4%
13%
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% Hispanic
58%
37%
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% Black
2%
7%
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% White
29%
32%
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% Two or more races
1%
3%
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% Non Resident races
4%
3%
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% Unknown races
1%
5%
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Diversity Score0.580.73
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College Completion Rate
23%
29%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,600$34,600
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,316 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 27% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,832 is more than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 16% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,316$1,636
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Out-State Tuition Fees$6,832$6,797
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid78%78%
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Median Debt for Graduates$5,500$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$4,756$5,500
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Source: 2016 (or 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

  • The nearest community college to College of the Desert is Mayfield College (5.5 miles away).
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    Cathedral City CA  92234
    (760)328-5554
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  • Kaplan College-Palm Springs
    Private, for profit
    379 students | 8.50 Mi2475 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
    Palm Springs CA  92262
    (760)778-3540
    8.50379
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    Joshua Tree CA  92252
    (760)366-3791
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  • 14,580 students | 33.20 Mi1499 N. State St.
    San Jacinto CA  92583
    (951)487-6752
    33.2014,580
  • 5,932 students | 45.30 Mi11711 Sand Canyon Road
    Forest Falls CA  92339
    (909)794-2161
    45.305,932
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