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MiraCosta College (International Student Information)

  • Oceanside, CA
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • Not Reported
    student ratio
  • 13,537
    total students
  • $1,288 | $5,180
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    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

Overview

Two-Year College in San Diego a Perfect Start for International Students

MiraCosta College is a fully accredited, public community college in California, situated in the north coastal region of San Diego County. Founded in 1934, the school serves about 14,000 students at its Oceanside and Cardiff-by-the-Sea (San Elijo) campuses.

Known for small class sizes, personal attention, free tutoring, and a beautiful environment, MiraCosta has one of the highest transfer rates to University of California campuses of all community colleges in San Diego County.

University Two + Two Transfer Programs

MiraCosta College offers associate degrees and certificates in more than 50 subject areas. For international students interested in bachelor's degrees, MiraCosta is an ideal choice to begin studies. Students should ask about the 2+2 international student transfer guarantee program with the University of California, Irvine, and 4 other UC campuses.

The most popular academic majors include accounting, business administration, child development, computer science, economics, graphic design, hospitality management, music and recording arts, and psychology.

Certificate Programs

MiraCosta offers more than 50 different certificates for students interested in short-term training in a specific career area. A certificate can be completed in 1 or 2 years.

Certificates of Achievement are designed to prepare graduates for employment in specific career areas such as Business Management, Child Development, computer-aided drafting, computer programming, Graphic Design, Marketing, Personal Fitness Trainer, and Real Estate.

Affordable Tuition

At less than $6,000 for one academic year, MiraCosta College's tuition and fees are affordable for international students. MiraCosta does not offer financial assistance for international students.

Intensive English Language

International students can apply to MiraCosta with no TOEFL score by starting at the English Language Institute (ELI). ELI provides full-time English training to prepare international students to enter college. Academic counselors and international student advisers provide academic planning, immigration advising, and workshops throughout the year. Eight-week English language programs cost about $ $2,100 USD.

Meet the Students

International student bloggers share their experiences living, studying, and succeeding at MiraCosta. Interested students can join in! They can meet current students and ask about academic and home life in beautiful Southern California at the MiraCosta student services bloggers site.

How to Apply to College

Here are some of the requirements for MiraCosta:

* International student application form (no application fee!)

* Official TOEFL score of 450 on the paper-based test /133 on the computer-based test / 46 on the iBT

* Official high school transcript and English translation with evidence of high school completion and above-average grades

* Official transcripts with English translations from all colleges and universities attended

* Certification of Financial support showing $18,800 USD for one academic year

* Statement of purpose

* Letter of recommendation from former or current teachers

Conditional admission is available to students who want to start English language training before beginning academic classes.

Campus Amenities and Activities

Facilities at MiraCosta include a library and technology center, student computer labs, a cafeteria with outdoor dining patio, a performing arts center, tennis courts, a track, a gymnasium, and a health and fitness center.

More than 50 student clubs are active on campus, including the International Club, Art Club, Soccer Club, and many others supporting a variety of student interests.

Cultural events, student exhibits, and performing arts events featuring guest artists are ongoing, along with popular weekly "College Hour" events.

MiraCosta College's intercollegiate men's and women's basketball and soccer teams compete in the Pacific Coast Conference. The school's top-ranked surfing team competes in the college division of the National Scholastic Surfing Association.

Convenient and Commuter-Friendly

Our sunny climate and ocean views make our campus a great place to study. The temperature in Oceanside ranges from 18-25 degrees year round. Facilities include a new library and technology center, student computer labs, cafeteria and patio, an outdoor amphitheater, tennis courts, track, gymnasium, and fitness center.

Housing options include nearby private apartments and host-family placements.

The 121-acre main campus in Oceanside on top of a hill and the 42-acre Cardiff-by-the-Sea (San Elijo) campus are located in a safe, suburban area about 35 miles north of the San Diego Airport. Major highway access is Interstate 5.

MiraCosta College is within driving distance of Disneyland, Sea World, Hollywood, La Jolla, Mexico, and many world-famous Southern California attractions.


Location & Contact

MiraCosta College

One Barnard Drive
CA 92056-3899

Director of Admissions

Phone: 760-795-6620
Email: admissions@miracosta.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Agriculture
    • Agribusiness
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Landscaping and Groundskeeping
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Plant Nursery Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Turf and Turfgrass Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Floriculture/Floristry Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Architecture
    • Landscape Architecture
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Architectural Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Area Studies Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication technologies
    • Photographic and Film/Video Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Recording Arts Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Communications
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Programming
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Personal and culinary services
    • Cosmetology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Health Teacher Education
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Biomedical Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Drafting and Design Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Drafting and CAD/CADD
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Japanese
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Adult Development and Aging
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Child-Care and Support Services Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Child-Care Provision
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Legal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Rhetoric and Composition
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • General Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Biological and Physical Sciences
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Physical Sciences
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Astronomy
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • 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.
    • Psychology Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Police Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Human Services
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Social Sciences
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • 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.
    • Sociology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Mechanic and repair technologies
    • Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Theater Design and Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Medical/Clinical Assistant
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Surgical Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Office Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting Technology and Bookkeeping
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Small Business Administration
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Hospitality Administration
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Real Estate
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Retailing
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Tourism and Travel Services Marketing
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Associate Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied
    • Accepted
    • Acceptance Rate
    • Enrolled13,537
    • Female Applicants
    • Females Accepted
    • Female Acceptance Rate
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • 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 *$1,288
    • Out-of-state tuition *$5,180
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$48.00
    • 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 offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students13,537
    • Male Student PercentageNot Reported
    • Female Student PercentageNot Reported
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/LatinoNot Reported
    • Black or African AmericanNot Reported
    • White or CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian or Alaska NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students% 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 No
    • 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 Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Not Reported
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Not Reported
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other trained security personnel during class hours


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