Palomar College

  • Palomar College is an educational leader committed to quality learning. We provide our community the knowledge, information, skills, and aesthetic appreciation necessary to live responsibly, effectively, and creatively in an interdependent and changing world.

School Highlights

Palomar College serves 23,874 students (33% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is lower than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 66% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 77%.

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 1,051 teachers has grown by 93% over five years.
Palomar College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High TraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty1,051 staff308 staff
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School CalendarLink to School Calendar

Student Body

The student population of Palomar College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 has decreased from 44:1 over five years.
The Palomar College diversity score of 0.66 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment23,874 students8,365 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio23:124:1
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# Full-Time Students7,870 students2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students16,004 students6,350 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
-
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% Asian
6%
12%
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% Hispanic
47%
47%
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% Black
3%
6%
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% White
34%
23%
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% Hawaiian
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% Two or more races
5%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
2%
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% Unknown races
3%
6%
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Diversity Score0.660.70
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College Completion Rate
29%
32%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,200$34,700
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,336 is less than the state average of $1,997. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,386 is more than the state average of $7,123. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,336$1,997
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,386$7,123
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid78%79%
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Median Debt for Graduates$6,500$10,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$6,000
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Sports

Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, WrestlingBaseball, Basketball,
Cheering, Cross Country,
Football, Soccer,
Softball, Swimming,
Tennis, Track and Field,
Volleyball, Water Polo,
Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.24 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Active Minds, Black Student Union, Chem Club, Child Development Club, Circle K International, EMS Club, Fashion Club, Fire Technology Students, Foster Youth Club, Gender and Women's Studies Club, Geo-Science Connection Club, GSA, International Student Club, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Latter Day Saint Student Association, MEChA, Muslim Student Union, NASA, No Limits Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Palomar / Pacific Coast Concert Band, Palomar Chamber Ensemble, Palomar Chorale, Palomar Symphone Orchestra, Palomar Women's Chorus
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Palomar College is a public two-year community college. The Palomar campus is located in San Marcos, California, approximately 30 miles north of San Diego. Palomar enrolls approximately 30,000 full-time and part-time students. Residents of California are charged only $46 per unit. At Palomar, students may choose from over 300 associate degree and certificate programs, complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree, or enjoy personal enrichment classes for lifelong learning. Palomar College is one of 108 colleges in the California Community Colleges system and eight in San Diego County. Located in San Marcos, California, our 200-acre main campus is nestled at the foot of the region's rolling coastal hills and valleys in a lovely area once named Los Vallecitos de San Marcos (Little Valleys of St. Mark) by Spaniard settlers in 1797. In addition to our main campus in San Marcos, we operate an educational center in Escondido, and five smaller centers throughout north San Diego County, in Rancho Penasquitos, Fallbrook, Ramona, Pauma Valley, and Camp Pendleton. Palomar College offers more than 300 Associates Degree and certificate programs, as well as not-for-credit community development and personal enrichment classes for life-long learning. We have transfer agreements with the California State University and University of California systems, and our high-level coursework in transferable classes fully prepares our students for success at four-year colleges and universities. In fact, Palomar students who transfer perform better in their first year at a four-year college than students from other community colleges. Our five academic divisions are: Arts, Media, Business and Computer Systems; Career, Technical and Extended Education; Languages and Literature; Mathematics and The Natural and Health Sciences; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Palomar College serves as a cultural hub of north San Diego County. Our 400-seat Howard Brubeck Theatre is the scene of highly-regarded dramatic, dance, and musical productions throughout the year. Palomar College has nearly two dozen athletic teams in about one dozen sports, including men's and women's basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, swimming, water polo, and cross country. Palomar College is an educational leader committed to quality learning. We provide our community the knowledge, information, skills, and aesthetic appreciation necessary to live responsibly, effectively, and creatively in an interdependent and changing world.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Palomar College is California College San Diego (1.4 miles away).
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    San Diego, CA 92126
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  • California College San Diego
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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,997 per year for in-state students and $7,123 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $21,060 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 83%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.70, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.