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C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Professors
    C+
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Safety
    A-
  5. Student Life
    B+
  6. Location
    B+
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 4,381 undergraduate students. The Desert acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business, and Psychology. Graduating 28% of students, The Desert alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $25,200.
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
$10,002/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,258/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
83%

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.92 responses
70%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.92 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,381Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
6,765
Undergrads Over 25
19%
Pell Grant
60%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 7 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    57%
  • Approachable
    14%
  • Outgoing
    14%
  • Stressed
    14%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$30,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
28%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
85%
National
83%

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College of the Desert Reviews

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As a fourth year student at College of the desert, I can confidently say that my experience has been great. Campus life is very relaxed and there is always interesting clubs and activities that go on. There are many different programs and help centers afforded to students that make complicated college tasks much easier to accomplish. For an affordable yet effective choice of education, College of the Desert is the way to go!
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Coming from a different college, I was so impressed with COD. They have so many great classes, electives and activities. All their teachers are so great and personable. Their staff is easy to get a hold of and everyone is really helpful. Also, the campus is beautiful!
As I started my first year as a freshmen in College of the Desert I was a little worried and nervous but that all changed. The professors and counselors are very supportive towards the students. They provide information so that you are well aware what’s going on. Sports wise, College of the Desert has a variety of sports people can choose from. If students do Edge/Pledge programs you get 2 years of free college which is awesome. You can also get free transportation with your local buses if you use your student ID card from the school. Overall, College of the Desert has a variety of Majors you can choose.