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 14,687 students (34% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 41:1 is lower than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 52% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.
  • MiraCosta College is one of 21 community colleges within San Diego County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to MiraCosta College is Golf Academy of America-Carlsbad (4.7 miles away).

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 360 teachers has grown by 5% over five years.
MiraCosta College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty360 staff97 staff
MiraCosta College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of MiraCosta College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 41:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The MiraCosta College diversity score of 0.67 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 8% over five years.
Total Enrollment14,687 students7,516 students
MiraCosta College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio41:144:1
MiraCosta College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students5,024 students1,613 students
MiraCosta College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students9,663 students5,903 students
MiraCosta College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
MiraCosta College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
MiraCosta College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
MiraCosta College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
MiraCosta College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
MiraCosta College Black (2007-2016)
% White
MiraCosta College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
MiraCosta College Hawaiian (2011-2013)
% Two or more races
MiraCosta College More (2009-2016)
% Non Resident races
MiraCosta College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
MiraCosta College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.670.73
MiraCosta College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
MiraCosta College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,100$34,600
MiraCosta College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,152 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 26% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,784 is less than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,152$1,636
MiraCosta College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,784$6,797
MiraCosta College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid49%78%
MiraCosta College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$4,500$9,500
MiraCosta College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$5,500
MiraCosta College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (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.

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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,636 per year for in-state students and $6,797 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,157 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 84%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.