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).

Top Placements

MiraCosta College places 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 / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty360 staff97 staff
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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 stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment14,687 students7,516 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio41:144:1
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# Full-Time Students5,024 students1,613 students
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# Part-Time Students9,663 students5,903 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
-
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% Asian
7%
13%
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% Hispanic
29%
37%
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% Black
4%
7%
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% White
48%
32%
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% Hawaiian
1%
-
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% Two or more races
6%
3%
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% Non Resident races
2%
3%
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% Unknown races
2%
5%
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Diversity Score0.670.73
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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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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
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Out-State Tuition Fees$5,784$6,797
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid49%78%
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Median Debt for Graduates$4,500$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$5,500
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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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