College of the Desert

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General Information

Admission Office

43-500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 773-2516
Fax: (760) 862-1379

Contact: John Loera
Dean of Enrollment Services

Main Address

43-500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 346-8041


Total undergrads: 11,598
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 541
Degree-seeking undergrads: 5,426


Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No
Admissions Policies/Requirements

A note about the college’s admission requirements: Separate application requirements for nursing and golf management and public safety academy.

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences
Agricultural Business A
Horticulture, Ornamental A,C
Plant Sciences A
Turf Management A,C

Architecture & Related Programs
Architectural Technology A,C

Arts, Visual & Performing
Acting A
Art – General A
Art History/Criticism/Conservation A
Dance A
Drama/Theater Arts A
Drawing A
Fine/Studio Arts A
Graphic Design A
Music – General A,C
Painting A
Photography A
Printmaking A
Theater Literature/History/Criticism A

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology A

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting C
Business Administration/Management A
Business/Managerial Economics A
Construction Management A,C
Golf Management A,C
Hotel/Motel Management A
Office Management A,C
Professional golf management A,C
Restaurant/Food Services Management A,C

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric A
Journalism A
Mass Communications/Media Studies A
Organizational Communication A

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science A
Computer/Information Sciences – General A,C

Construction Trades
Building Construction Inspection C

Early Childhood Education C

Engineering Technologies
Architectural Drafting A,C
Architectural Engineering Technology A,C
Construction/Building Technologies C
Drafting and Design Technology A,C
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration A,C

English Language & Literature
American Literature A
English Composition A
English Language & Literature – General A
Speech/Rhetorical Studies A

Family & Consumer Sciences
Child Care Management A
Foods/Nutrition Studies A
Human Nutrition A

Foreign Language & Literature
French A
German A
Italian A
Spanish A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Dietetic Technician A
Emergency Medical Technology C
Home Attendant C
Nursing (RN) A
Nursing – Practical A,C
Nursing Assistance C

History – General A

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences A

Mathematics – General A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology C
Automotive Technology C
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration Mechanics A,C
Small Engine Mechanics/Repair C
Vehicle Emissions Inspection/Maintenance C

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological/Physical Sciences A

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science A
Environmental Studies A,C
Natural Resources & Conservation – General A

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General A
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management A

Personal & Culinary Services
Culinary Arts/Chef Training C
Restaurant/Catering Management A,C

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy A

Physical Sciences
Chemistry A
Geology A
Physics A

Psychology – General A

Security & Protective Services
Fire Protection/Safety Technology A,C
Law Enforcement Administration A,C

Social Sciences
Anthropology A
Economics A
Geography A
Political Science/Government A
Social Sciences – General A
Sociology A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

College of the Desert Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (760) 346-8041
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 43-500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 11,919
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 29 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 8,405 (71% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $1,335
Out-of-state Tuition: $8,615
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 93%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,374

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

College of the Desert Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at College of the Desert.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 55
Architecture and Related Services 11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 96
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 4
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 23
Construction Trades 31
Education 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 32
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 32
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 34
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 32
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 22
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 12
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 13
Personal and Culinary Services 21
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 6
Visual and Performing Arts 24
Grand total 4065

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at College of the Desert and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $1,335
Out-of-state $8,615
Books and supplies $1,971

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,503 93%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,501 93% $5,374
Student loan aid 0 0% $0

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 8,617 76% $3,442
Federal student loans 0 0% $0

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for College of the Desert. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled College of the Desert students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

College of the Desert Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 11,919
Undergraduate enrollment 11,919
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

College of the Desert Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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