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 24,914 students (33% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 44:1 is same as 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%.
  • Palomar College is one of 21 community colleges within San Diego County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to Palomar College is Kaplan College-Vista (2.6 miles away).

Top Placements

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

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 568 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Palomar College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty568 staff97 staff
Palomar College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Palomar College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 44:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Palomar College diversity score of 0.65 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment24,914 students7,516 students
Palomar College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio44:144:1
Palomar College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students8,192 students1,613 students
Palomar College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students16,722 students5,903 students
Palomar College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Palomar College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Palomar College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
Palomar College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Palomar College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Palomar College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Palomar College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Palomar College Hawaiian (2009-2012)
% Two or more races
Palomar College More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
Palomar College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Palomar College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.650.73
Palomar College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Palomar College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,200$34,900
Palomar College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,336 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 $7,386 is more than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 45% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,336$1,636
Palomar College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,386$6,797
Palomar College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid61%78%
Palomar College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$7,468$9,500
Palomar College Median debt for students who have completed (2010-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$5,500
Palomar College Median debt for students who have not completed (2010-2015)


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,


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: 2016 (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

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  • Kaplan College-Vista
    Private, for profit
    812 students | 2.60 Mi2022 University Dr
    Vista CA  92083
  • 168 students | 6.10 Mi1950 Camino Vida Roble, Ste. 125
    Carlsbad CA  92008
  • 14,687 students | 7.30 MiOne Barnard Drive
    Oceanside CA  92056
  • 11,876 students | 17.30 Mi10440 Black Mountain Rd
    San Diego CA  92126
  • Coleman University
    Private, non-profit
    796 students | 22.90 Mi8888 Balboa Ave
    San Diego CA  92123
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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.