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  1. Professors
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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Safety
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  5. Student Life
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  6. Location
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The Desert is a public college located in Palm Desert, California in the Palm Springs Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,042 undergraduate students. The Desert acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business, and Psychology. Graduating 29% of students, The Desert alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $24,000.
About College of the Desert...
Athletic Division
CCCAA
Athletic Conference
Address
43-500 Monterey Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Admissions

Cost

Net Price
$9,484/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $7,697/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,916/ year
  • $49-75k
    $10,672/ year
  • $76-110k
    $11,852/ year
  • $110k+
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Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
28:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.98 responses
32%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.87 responses
69%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.87 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,042Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
20%
Pell Grant
61%
Varsity Athletes
8%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$29,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
29%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
85%
National
83%

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College of the Desert Reviews

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For the most part, everyone on campus is really friendly. I would love if there was more student involvement at College of the Desert, seems like vast majority of students show up for class and leave when class is over unless there's a break between their classes. I've had such a great experience with staff, especially with the DSPS staff. They are all extremely helpful! However, at College of the Desert it is hard to enroll in classes, hopefully the school hires more professors to help new coming students enroll in the classes they need.
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I'm studying Film, Television and Digital Media (a mouthful, I know) there's a full campus, clubs, and just better groups/networking and connections to be made. I like what I'm studying because I'm spending so much time and studying something that I'm good at and feel comfortable in. I love college because of independence, and also the ability to choose what time your classes begin and you can take web classes if you want. I love the fact that I can study with friends, study with classmates who are different from class to class. I love the fact that Professors treat you like an adult and you have to be responsible for YOU and answer to yourself. I do have a fun life, I hang out with friends/movie nights. It's all about balance, being healthy, sleeping well, and taking care of your business. I love it (but I don’t like the excessive hours of studying for exams or writing long papers lol!)
My experience has been great at College of the Desert. There's a lot great services and opportunities provided, the student life is noticeable around campus a lot of clubs are available for student, as well as tutoring resources that what I like best about the campus. Everything is mostly readily accessible in terms of help. For college of the desert opportunity to grow is important and they have shown that throughout campus and student life, a definite way to improve would be creating more clubs of even more different activities for more campus growth and student life to increase campus productivity.