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 MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College - Oceanside, CA

One Barnard Drive, Oceanside, California 92056-3899

General information:(760)757-2121
Awards offered:Award of less than 1 academic year
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Suburb: Large
Campus housing:No
Student population:14,441( All undergraduate )
Student-to-faculty ratio:24 to 1
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Special Learning Opportunities
Distance learning opportunities
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
On-campus day care for student's children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
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
3% or less
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 $668 $668 $908 -26%
Out-of-state $5,228 $5,108 $5,348 -4%
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 $11,160 $11,556 $11,556 0%
Other $3,672 $3,798 $4,068 -7%
Off Campus with Family
Other $3,546 $3,672 $4,194 -12%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
On Campus $2,306 $2,288 $2,564 0%
Off Campus $17,138 $17,642 $18,188 -6%
Off Campus with Family $5,852 $5,960 $6,758 -17%
On Campus $6,866 $6,728 $7,004 -14%
Off Campus $21,698 $22,082 $22,628 0%
Off Campus with Family $10,412 $10,400 $11,198 -9%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $864
In-state fees $44
Out-of-state tuition $5,304
Out-of-state fees $44
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan
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 492 37% --
Grant or scholarship aid 491 37% $1,545,458 $3,148
Federal grants 283 21% $1,180,068 $4,170
Pell grants 282 21% $1,103,703 $3,914
Other federal grants 117 9% $76,365 $653
State/local government grant or scholarships 483 36% $362,390 $750
Institutional grants or scholarships 5 0% $3,000 $600
Student loan aid 25 2% $75,496 $3,020
Federal student loans 25 2% $75,496 $3,020
Other student loans Implied zero 0% Implied zero 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 4,474 31% $7,751,890 $1,733
Pell grants 1,506 10% $4,999,131 $3,319
Federal student loans 207 1% $643,040 $3,106


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 $4,439 $5,310 $5,083
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 $2,727 $2,890 $2,944
$30,001 - $48,000 $6,742 Not applicable Not applicable
$48,001 - $75,000 $6,742 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.


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Fall 2011
Total enrollment 14,441
Undergraduate enrollment 14,441
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 1,495
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, 29 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.


Basketball 1411
Soccer -17


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges07/01/1952 Accredited


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Illegal weapons possession101
Drug law violations34 5
Liquor law violations130
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession ------
Drug law violations ----
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Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 101
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 100
Aggravated assault 000
Burglary 000
Motor vehicle theft 112
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 Rate15.9%
Number in default23
Number in repayment144

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page. This school's six-digit OPE ID is 00123900

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 Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years Associate's degree
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences Colleges
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences, Other6--
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management4-1
Landscaping and Groundskeeping31-
Plant Nursery Operations and Management6--
Category total1911
Architecture and Related Services Colleges
Architectural Technology/Technician2-1
Category total2-1
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Colleges
Biology/Biological Sciences, General--2
Category total--2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping483117
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General20--
Business Administration and Management, General--43
Business/Commerce, General3--
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce2--
Hospitality Administration/Management, General886
Office Management and Supervision5--
Real Estate36-1
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General9-3
Small Business Administration/Management13-6
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations442
Category total1634378
Communication Technologies Technicians and Support Services Colleges
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects-91
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant7-2
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design551
Recording Arts Technology/Technician13-5
Category total25149
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs Colleges
Speech Communication and Rhetoric--7
Category total--7
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer Science--3
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications6--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other1--
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General12-2
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design2--
Category total21-5
Education Colleges
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs2--
Category total2--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields Colleges
Biomedical Technology/Technician1231
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General16-5
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician-4-
Category total2876
English Language and Literature Letters Colleges
English Language and Literature, General--7
Category total--7
Family and Consumer Sciences Human Sciences Colleges
Adult Development and Aging--1
Child Care Provider/Assistant70620
Category total70621
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Colleges
French Language and Literature--1
Italian Language and Literature--1
Japanese Language and Literature--2
Category total--4
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General20--
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other--3
Home Health Aide/Home Attendant3--
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training-192
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage12--
Medical/Clinical Assistant14-2
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide115--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse1819
Surgical Technology/Technologist-2410
Category total1655136
History Colleges
History, General--3
Category total--3
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services Colleges
Criminal Justice/Police Science9-10
Category total9-10
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
Humanities/Humanistic Studies--71
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-278221
Category total-278292
Mathematics and Statistics Colleges
Mathematics, General--6
Category total--6
Mechanic and Repair Technologies Technicians Colleges
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician61-6
Category total61-6
Multi Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges
Biological and Physical Sciences--29
Category total--29
Natural Resources and Conservation Colleges
Environmental Science--2
Category total--2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies Colleges
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General--5
Physical Fitness Technician16--
Category total16-5
Personal and Culinary Services Colleges
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager5--
Category total5--
Philosophy and Religious Studies Colleges
Category total--1
Physical Sciences Colleges
Physical Sciences--2
Physics, General--7
Category total--9
Psychology Colleges
Psychology, General--16
Psychology, Other2-3
Category total2-19
Public Administration and Social Service Professions Colleges
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other1--
Category total1--
Social Sciences Colleges
Economics, General--11
Political Science and Government, General--1
Social Sciences, General--2
Category total--35
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Art/Art Studies, General--7
Dance, General1-2
Dance, Other4--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General--2
Music, General3--
Category total8-11
Grand total597400605