C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Professors
    C+
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Safety
    B
  5. Student Experience
    B-
  6. Location
    B-
College of the Desert is ...
Public
Athletic Division
Other
Athletic Conference
Address
43-500 Monterey Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
SAT Scores Range
ACT Scores Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
High School GPA

Cost

Net Price
$8,683/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $7,502/ year
  • $30-48k
    $8,086/ year
  • $49-75k
    $10,248/ year
  • $76-110k
    $12,575/ year
  • $110k+

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
29:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.98 responses
31%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.85 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.85 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,613Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
22%
Pell Grant
61%
Varsity Athletes
7%
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After College of the Desert

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$29,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
26%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
85%
National
83%

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College of the Desert Reviews

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Many of my professors are very reliable, friendly, and amazing. I do not regret going to college after high school it was one of the best discussions I made. It's honestly not as bad as people say it is. There are good professors, a lot of academic programs. The main campus is in Palm Desert , so it's close to the mall, the library pretty good location to me and it also has other campuses in Indio, Mecca etc. COD has clubs, student government. It's cheap and offers financial aid! Overall I made a good choice.
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To bring up immediate point in contrary--one could stand to invest more time outside of the classroom on the material learned. I've found instructors lacking in student interaction, so the attendants to the course must take initiative and drive forth with calls to concern. In saying that, however, there is little time for questions in class so one need take advantage of peer connections and all other resources (such as the Tutoring Center), lest one struggle more than one should. Some courses are fast-paced, others slow or ill-taught, but one can achieve success with a modicum of imbued effort.

In addition, certain necessary classes in general education may be difficult to attain in schedule until one has has sufficient credits achieved, and thus priority level established higher.

The campus is small, and offers a lesser amount classes for the number of intended students, so they fill up quickly.

Aside from the listed, I've been met with a satisfactory experience in my time there.
I really love how COD is very diverse. I could practically learn cultures from around the world just by sitting in an ordinary class. Surprisingly the campus is quite big and an average class size is between 20-40 students. A lot less than an average high school class, which would be +40. What sort of bummed me out is that sports aren't as big as I would expect it. The plus on the campus would be the different kinds of majors that could be selected which the majority could end up having work study or internships. Even though the sad nickname for COD is "College of the Desperate", it will help graduates transfer out to top universities, start a job right away, and be a cheap solution for the local and non local students.