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 College of the Desert

College of the Desert - Palm Desert, CA

43-500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert, California 92260

General information:(760)346-8041
Awards offered:Award of less than 1 academic year
Associate's degree
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years
Campus setting:City: Small
Campus housing:No
Student population:9,404( All undergraduate )
Student-to-faculty ratio:31 to 1
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Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance learning opportunities
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for student's children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Carnegie Classification
Associate's--Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
More than 3%
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
Tuition and fees
In-state $762 $762 $1,036 -26%
Out-of-state $5,606 $5,774 $5,880 -2%
Books and supplies $1,638 $1,620 $1,656 -2%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $ $ $ NAN%
Other $ $ $ NAN%
Off Campus
Room and board $10,872 $10,980 $10,863 1%
Other $3,996 $3,897 $4,059 -4%
Off Campus with Family
Other $3,996 $3,897 $4,185 -7%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
On Campus $2,400 $2,382 $2,692 0%
Off Campus $17,268 $17,259 $17,614 0%
Off Campus with Family $6,396 $6,279 $6,877 0%
On Campus $7,244 $7,394 $7,536 0%
Off Campus $22,112 $22,271 $22,458 0%
Off Campus with Family $11,240 $11,291 $11,721 0%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $1,008
In-state fees $28
Out-of-state tuition $5,852
Out-of-state fees $28
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan X
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2010-2011
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Any student financial aid 536 64% --
Grant or scholarship aid 505 60% $2,331,191 $4,616
Federal grants 399 48% $1,779,935 $4,461
Pell grants 399 48% $1,759,504 $4,410
Other federal grants 38 5% $20,431 $538
State/local government grant or scholarships 484 58% $544,256 $1,124
Institutional grants or scholarships 3 0% $7,000 $2,333
Student loan aid 24 3% $102,525 $4,272
Federal student loans 24 3% $102,525 $4,272
Other student loans 0 0% $0 Not applicable
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1 5,326 53% $16,547,736 $3,107
Pell grants 3,368 34% $11,756,206 $3,491
Federal student loans 205 2% $805,801 $3,931


Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price $7,043 $9,264 $8,215
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
$0 - $30,000 $5,422 $7,960 $7,209
$30,001 - $48,000 $10,381 Not applicable Not applicable
$48,001 - $75,000 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
$75,001 - $110,000 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
$110,001 and more Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

• Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

• Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same total cost of attendance minus grant aid.


• An institution's net price calculator allows current and prospective students, families, and other consumers to estimate the net price of attending that institution for a particular student.

Fall 2011
Total enrollment 9,404
Undergraduate enrollment 9,404
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 314
Graduate enrollment 0

•This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.

First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Returned in Fall 2011

Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 33 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.


Baseball 25-
Basketball 1413
Football 82-
Golf 107
Soccer 1819
Softball -16
Tennis 117
Track and Field, X-Country 96
Volleyball -14


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges01/01/1963 Accredited


National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission

Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs

06/01/1968 - 07/12/2012Accredited


Illegal weapons possession001
Drug law violations02 0
Liquor law violations212
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession ------
Drug law violations ----
Liquor law violations ------
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 200
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 000
Aggravated assault 000
Burglary 221
Motor vehicle theft 076
Arson 000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter ------
Negligent manslaughter ------
Sex offenses - Forcible ------
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) ------
Robbery ------
Aggravated assault ------
Burglary ------
Motor vehicle theft ------
Arson ------
• (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
• The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
• These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see


Default Rate25.3%
Number in default20
Number in repayment79

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page. This school's six-digit OPE ID is 00118200

Aid Programs

• Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL)

• Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)


Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.

PROGRAMAward of less than 1 academic year Associate's degree Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences Colleges
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General231-
Turf and Turfgrass Management523
Category total2833
Architecture and Related Services Colleges
Architectural Technology/Technician-8-
Category total-8-
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Colleges
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-5-
Category total-5-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping--15
Business Administration and Management, General-43-
Business/Commerce, General-3-
Hospitality Administration/Management, General-4-
Office Management and Supervision-1-
Resort Management-22
Retail Management--2
Category total-5319
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs Colleges
Mass Communication/Media Studies-4-
Category total-4-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer Graphics46-
Information Technology-11
Category total471
Construction Trades Colleges
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager-1-
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector6--
Category total61-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields Colleges
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/211-
Category total211-
English Language and Literature Letters Colleges
Creative Writing-5-
English Language and Literature, General-2-
Category total-7-
Family and Consumer Sciences Human Sciences Colleges
Child Care Provider/Assistant5-3
Child Care and Support Services Management-12-
Category total5123
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Colleges
French Language and Literature-1-
Spanish Language and Literature-1-
Category total-2-
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training-1117
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-91-
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling-15
Category total-10322
History Colleges
History, General-8-
Category total-8-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services Colleges
Criminal Justice/Police Science1019-
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician43-
Category total1422-
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
Humanities/Humanistic Studies-170-
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-14-
Category total-184-
Mathematics and Statistics Colleges
Mathematics, General-2-
Category total-2-
Mechanic and Repair Technologies Technicians Colleges
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician331-
Category total331-
Multi Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges
Biological and Physical Sciences-26-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-11-
Category total-37-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies Colleges
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General-1-
Category total-1-
Personal and Culinary Services Colleges
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General478
Category total478
Philosophy and Religious Studies Colleges
Category total-4-
Physical Sciences Colleges
Physics, General-1-
Category total-1-
Psychology Colleges
Psychology, General-23-
Category total-23-
Social Sciences Colleges
Economics, General-11-
Political Science and Government, General-8-
Category total-30-
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Art/Art Studies, General-7-
Music, General-1-
Category total-8-
Grand total11553456