College of the Desert: Ranking & Review

Palm Desert Rank United States Rank World Rank
1 1783 6314
Top 37%

College of the Desert Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

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
Off-campus $20,721 $27,049
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 Humanities 204 204
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 155 155
Health Professions and Related Programs 94 94
Psychology 90 90
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 90 90
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies 58 58
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 58 58
Social Sciences 49 49
Mechanic and Repair Technologies & Technicians 37 37
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 32 32
Family and Consumer Sciences & Human Sciences 31 31
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 30 30
Visual and Performing Arts 25 25
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 21 21
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 21 21
History 21 21
Personal and Culinary Services 20 20
English Language and Literature & Letters 17 17
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11 11
Mathematics and Statistics 11 11
Physical Sciences 8 8
Architecture and Related Services 8 8
Construction Trades 4 4
Natural Resources and Conservation 4 4
Philosophy and Religious Studies 4 4
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1 1
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