College of the Desert

College of the Desert

Palm Desert, CA
location
Public
type
Small
setting
54%
46%
student ratio
9,259
total students
$1,289 | $6,609
in-state | out-of-state tuition
Rolling
fall application deadline
100%
acceptance rate
Non-competitive
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
Not
Reported
sat math
Not
Reported
sat reading
Not
Reported
sat writing
Not
Reported
act composite

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Agriculture
    • Agribusiness
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Agriculture
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Crop Production
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Turf and Turfgrass Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Architecture
    • Architectural Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Commerce
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Hospitality Administration
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Office Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Resort Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Journalism
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Graphics
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Construction trades
    • Building/Construction Site Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Drafting and Design Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • Creative Writing
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • English
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Child-Care and Support Services Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Dietetic Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Police Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Fire Science/Firefighting
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Biological and Physical Sciences
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Mechanic and repair technologies
    • Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Natural Resources/Conservation
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Personal and culinary services
    • Culinary Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Associate Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

100% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,976
    • Accepted1,976
    • Acceptance Rate100%
    • Enrolled9,259
    • Female Applicants945
    • Females Accepted945
    • Female Acceptance Rate100%
    • Male Applicants1,031
    • Males Accepted1,031
    • Male Acceptance Rate100%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$
    • Required for All
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$1,289
    • Out-of-state tuition *$6,609
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$38
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students9,259
    • Male Student Percentage46%
    • Female Student Percentage54%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino64.92%
    • Black or African American3.73%
    • White or Caucasian22.17%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.31%
    • Asian3.23%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.19%
    • Two or more races1.94%
    • Unknown1.24%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students8% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available No
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Not Reported
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing Not Reported
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Yes
    • Most popular organizations Student Nursing Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Gay Straight Alliance, International Club, Support and Education for Local Media and Arts (SELMA) SELMA Grows COD
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Yes No
    • Basketball No Yes No
    • Cross-country running No Yes No
    • Fencing No Yes No
    • Football No Yes No
    • Golf No Yes No
    • Soccer No Yes No
    • Softball No No No
    • Tennis No Yes No
    • Track No Yes No
    • Volleyball No No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball No Yes No
    • Cross-country running No Yes No
    • Fencing No Yes No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No Yes No
    • Soccer No Yes No
    • Softball No Yes No
    • Tennis No Yes No
    • Track No Yes No
    • Volleyball No Yes No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty423
    • Full-time Percentage24%
    • Part-time Percentage76%
    • Female Percentage47%
    • Male Percentage53%
    • Student:Faculty RatioNot Reported

Location & Contact

43-500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260-9305


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