MiraCosta College

  • MiraCosta College, one of California's comprehensive, public two-year community colleges, has served the coastal area of North San Diego County for 75 years. Recognizing that individuals and domestic and international communities are diverse and changing, the college is committed to offering a variety of programs and services in Transfer Education, Vocational Education, General Education, Basic Skills Education, Community Education and Support Services.

School Highlights

MiraCosta College serves 13,720 students (37% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 38:1 is lower than the state community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 61% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 75%.

Top Rankings

MiraCosta College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 360 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
MiraCosta College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's DominantAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelFour or more yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty360 staff149 staff
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Student Body

The student population of MiraCosta College has declined by 6% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 38:1 has decreased from 43:1 over five years.
The MiraCosta College diversity score of 0.72 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 6% over five years.
Total Enrollment13,720 students8,598 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio38:145:1
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# Full-Time Students5,062 students2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students8,658 students6,583 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
6%
12%
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% Hispanic
34%
43%
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% Black
3%
7%
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% White
39%
25%
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% Hawaiian
1%
-
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% Two or more races
7%
4%
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% Non Resident races
7%
4%
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% Unknown races
2%
4%
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Diversity Score0.720.73
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College Completion Rate
32%
29%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,100$34,600
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,152 is less than the state average of $1,458. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,784 is less than the state average of $6,710. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,152$1,458
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Out-State Tuition Fees$5,784$6,710
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid63%76%
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Median Debt for Graduates$7,662$10,063
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,500$5,751
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Source: 2019 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • MiraCosta College is a public California community college serving coastal North San Diego County. The college was founded in 1934 as Oceanside-Carlsbad Junior College, the second community college in San Diego County. Changed name to MiraCosta College and moved to Barnard Drive location in 1964. Student Resources includes library and information hubs at both the Oceanside and San Elijo campuses; More than 1,000 networked computers for student use; Wellness Center at the Oceanside Campus; free tutoring in nearly every subject; more than 1,000 students participate in Service Learning projects related to class curricula; Honors Scholars Program and active national honor society. MiraCosta's Adult Learning Center opened in 1992 at a newly remodeled site on Horne Street. The center relocated to its current Mission Avenue location in 2000 and was renamed the Community Learning Center. Over the years the center has expanded its adult education offerings to include parenting classes, workshops for older adults, and programs for those who are physically and mentally challenged. The Cisco Academy, which offers training in computer networking, is also housed at the center. The college's Small Business Development Center is right next door. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to MiraCosta College is Palomar College (7.6 miles away).
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California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.73, which is equal to the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in California is Coastline Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.