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 Palomar College

Palomar College - San Marcos, CA

1140 W. Mission, San Marcos, California 92069-1487

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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:25,427( All undergraduate )
Student-to-faculty ratio:29 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 $826 $826 $1,052 -21%
Out-of-state $5,374 $5,234 $5,084 3%
Books and supplies $1,638 $1,700 $1,656 3%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $ $ $ NAN%
Other $ $ $ NAN%
Off Campus
Room and board $10,036 $10,494 $10,854 -3%
Other $4,070 $4,160 $4,058 2%
Off Campus with Family
Other $4,070 $4,160 $4,184 -1%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
On Campus $2,464 $2,526 $2,708 0%
Off Campus $16,570 $17,180 $17,620 0%
Off Campus with Family $6,534 $6,686 $6,892 0%
On Campus $7,012 $6,934 $6,740 0%
Off Campus $21,118 $21,588 $21,652 0%
Off Campus with Family $11,082 $11,094 $10,924 10%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $1,008
In-state fees $44
Out-of-state tuition $5,184
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 1,063 49% --
Grant or scholarship aid 1,023 48% $3,303,989 $3,230
Federal grants 588 27% $2,461,840 $4,187
Pell grants 588 27% $2,404,915 $4,090
Other federal grants 124 6% $56,925 $459
State/local government grant or scholarships 1,004 47% $842,149 $839
Institutional grants or scholarships Implied zero 0% Implied zero Not applicable
Student loan aid 39 2% $105,045 $2,693
Federal student loans 39 2% $105,045 $2,693
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 8,820 34% $17,246,819 $1,955
Pell grants 3,279 13% $11,396,197 $3,476
Federal student loans 385 1% $1,164,930 $3,026


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 $7,357 $7,213 $7,014
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 $6,399 $5,897 $5,806
$30,001 - $48,000 $10,721 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 25,427
Undergraduate enrollment 25,427
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 1,634
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, 31 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.


Baseball 38-
Basketball 1315
Football 100-
Golf 108
Soccer 3019
Softball -19
Swimming and Diving 2221
Tennis 148
Track and Field, Outdoor -15
Track and Field, X-Country 1711
Volleyball 1314
Water Polo 1115
Wrestling 28-


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges01/01/1952 Accredited


American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation

Dental Assisting (DA)

12/10/1971 Accredited
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission

Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs

12/01/1974 Accredited


Illegal weapons possession726
Drug law violations1212 10
Liquor law violations110
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 121
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 000
Aggravated assault 102
Burglary 010
Motor vehicle theft 430
Arson 010
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


• This institution is not found on the current Federal loan default rates database.

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page.


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
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies Colleges
Ethnic Studies5--
Women's Studies-1-
Category total51-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping373032
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General51-
Business Administration and Management, General526-
Business/Commerce, General-43-
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce11-
International Business/Trade/Commerce-11
Real Estate61-
Selling Skills and Sales Operations2--
Category total5610333
Communication Technologies Technicians and Support Services Colleges
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects52-
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production-33
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant345
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design12610
Category total201518
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs Colleges
Broadcast Journalism3--
Radio and Television-22
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-1-
Category total376
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer Graphics45-
Computer Programming/Programmer, General3-2
Computer Support Specialist7--
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst1--
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications933
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General10--
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration6--
Information Technology-21
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design211
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster11--
Category total53117
Construction Trades Colleges
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector41-
Construction Trades, Other--2
Drywall Installation/Drywaller--1
Category total42157
Education Colleges
Education, General-3-
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs342
Category total372
Engineering Colleges
Category total-1-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields Colleges
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD-32
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General7128
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians,2--
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Techn-1134
Category total92644
English Language and Literature Letters Colleges
English Language and Literature, General-4-
Category total-4-
Family and Consumer Sciences Human Sciences Colleges
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management13-
Child Care Provider/Assistant231727
Child Care and Support Services Management-14
Family and Community Services-13
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General11-
Category total252334
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Colleges
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General-28-
French Language and Literature54-
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation-614
Category total53814
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Dental Assisting/Assistant-519
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)1911
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary2--
Medical/Clinical Assistant199-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-54-
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling-523
Category total228253
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services Colleges
Criminal Justice/Police Science-1134
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician-6566
Forensic Science and Technology-2-
Homeland Security-5-
Category total-83100
Legal Professions and Studies Colleges
Legal Assistant/Paralegal1--
Legal Studies, General-8-
Category total18-
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
Humanities/Humanistic Studies-363-
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-201581
Category total-564581
Library Science Colleges
Library and Archives Assisting195-
Category total195-
Mathematics and Statistics Colleges
Mathematics, General-10-
Category total-10-
Mechanic and Repair Technologies Technicians Colleges
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician3--
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician414
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician-1-
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician-12
Category total736
Multi Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges
Biological and Physical Sciences-227-
Category total-227-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies Colleges
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies22-
Category total22-
Personal and Culinary Services Colleges
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General-11
Category total-11
Physical Sciences Colleges
Chemistry, General1--
Category total1--
Precision Production Colleges
Cabinetmaking and Millwork-626
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking-119
Welding Technology/Welder235-
Category total231245
Psychology Colleges
Psychology, General31-
Category total31-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions Colleges
Public Administration-21
Category total-21
Social Sciences Colleges
Economics, General22-
Geography, Other161-
Social Sciences, General-484-
Category total24488-
Transportation and Materials Moving Colleges
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew-11
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations-44
Category total-55
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Commercial and Advertising Art-3-
Dance, General46-
Design and Visual Communications, General-1-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-4-
Fashion/Apparel Design45-
Film/Cinema/Video Studies33-
Graphic Design12-
Interior Design72-
Music, General-4-
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology2--
Visual and Performing Arts, Other--1
Category total21301
Grand total30617611108