MiraCosta College

One Barnard Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056-3899
Tel: (760)757-2121
  • 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 is College of the Marshall Islands (4.60 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 360 teachers has grown by 7% over five years.
MiraCosta College (CA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 360 staff 86 staff
MiraCosta College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 14,687 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 41:1 has decreased from 44:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.67 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 6% over five years.
Total Enrollment 14,687 students 7,105 students
MiraCosta College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 41:1 44:1
MiraCosta College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 5,024 students 1,483 students
MiraCosta College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 9,663 students 5,622 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 (2009-2013)
% Two or more races
MiraCosta College More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
MiraCosta College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
MiraCosta College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups 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. 0.67 0.73
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 -
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 $6,773. 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 $6,773
MiraCosta College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 49% 78%
MiraCosta College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $4,500 -
MiraCosta College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $4,500 -
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 San Diego County, CA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,283 per year for in-state students and $6,392 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

San Diego County, 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 0.66, which is equal to the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in San Diego County, CA is Platt College-San Diego. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.