College of the Desert: Ranking & Review

Palm Desert
United States
Top 38%

College of the Desert Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

Enrolled total (including graduate students)11,1464,9736,173

2,695 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

646 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Male-Female Ratio

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

Admission requirements

It’s free to apply for undergraduates.

College of the Desert has an open admission policy (non-competitive). The only requirement is a certificate of attendance or a highschool diploma or a General Educational Development certificate.

College of the Desert Tuition

Total cost for students livingIn-stateOut-of-state
The total cost includes tuition and fees, books, supplies and other expenses per full academic year.

College of the Desert does not provide on-campus housing.

Average Tuition and fees for academic year programs
Tuition for Full-time undergraduates$1,297$7,625
Fees for full-time undergraduates$38$38
Per credit hour charge for part-time undergraduates$46$252

Programs and Degrees

ProgramsAssociate's degreeTotal
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities204204
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services155155
Health Professions and Related Programs9494
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service9090
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies5858
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences5858
Social Sciences4949
Mechanic and Repair Technologies & Technicians3737
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs3232
Family and Consumer Sciences & Human Sciences3131
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies3030
Visual and Performing Arts2525
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services2121
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields2121
Personal and Culinary Services2020
English Language and Literature & Letters1717
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1111
Mathematics and Statistics1111
Architecture and Related Services88
Physical Sciences88
Construction Trades44
Natural Resources and Conservation44
Philosophy and Religious Studies44
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics11
Grand Total1,1041,104

A total of 1,104 2-year associate's degrees conferred across undergraduate programs at College of the Desert.

Graduation rate26%24%29%
  • Full-time retention rate - 73%
  • Part-time retention rate - 54%

General info

Alternative namesDesert Community College District
Religious affiliationNot applicable
Academic CalendarSemester
Total FTE staff560
Instructional FTE287
Sector of institutionPublic, 2-year
Control of institutionPublic
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional

Location and Contacts

Address43-500 Monterey Ave
Palm Desert, California, 92260
United States
Urbanization levelSuburb: Large
City population53,000