Palomar College: Ranking & Review

San Marcos
United States
Top 9%

Palomar College Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

Enrolled total (including graduate students)23,84812,83211,016

8,611 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

2,579 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Male-Female Ratio

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

Admission requirements

It’s free to apply for undergraduates.

Palomar College 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.

Palomar College 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.

Palomar College does not provide on-campus housing.

Average Tuition and fees for academic year programs
Tuition for Full-time undergraduates$1,288$7,336
Fees for full-time undergraduates$50$50
Per credit hour charge for part-time undergraduates$46$257

Programs and Degrees

ProgramsAssociate's degreeTotal
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1,2831,283
Social Sciences591591
Health Professions and Related Programs428428
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies267267
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services250250
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service189189
Construction Trades121121
Precision Production9797
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics9292
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services9191
Family and Consumer Sciences & Human Sciences6868
Communications Technologies & Technicians and Support Services6262
Mechanic and Repair Technologies & Technicians6060
Visual and Performing Arts5050
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields4747
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs3838
Mathematics and Statistics3030
Library Science2323
Architecture and Related Services1414
English Language and Literature & Letters1212
Transportation and Materials Moving1010
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies99
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies77
Biological and Biomedical Sciences66
Legal Professions and Studies55
Physical Sciences44
Philosophy and Religious Studies44
Public Administration and Social Service Professions22
Natural Resources and Conservation22
Grand Total3,9633,963

A total of 3,963 2-year associate's degrees conferred across undergraduate programs at Palomar College.

Graduation rate29%27%30%
  • Full-time retention rate - 71%
  • Part-time retention rate - 47%

General info

Religious affiliationNot applicable
Academic CalendarSemester
Total FTE staff963
Instructional FTE532
Sector of institutionPublic, 2-year
Control of institutionPublic
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional

Location and Contacts

Address1140 W. Mission
San Marcos, California, 92069-1487
United States
Urbanization levelSuburb: Large
City population84,000