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  1. Professors
    C+
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Safety
    A-
  5. Student Life
    B+
  6. Location
    A-
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 4,577 undergraduate students. The Desert acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business, and Psychology. Graduating 25% of students, The Desert alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $25,200.
43-500 Monterey Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Admissions

Cost

Net Price
$11,172/ 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
$5,569/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
91%

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.93 responses
70%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.93 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    20%
  • On Campus
    73%
  • Online
    7%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,577Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
6,835
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
62%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 3 responses
  • Approachable
    67%
  • Outgoing
    33%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$30,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
25%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
85%
National
83%

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College of the Desert Reviews

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College of the Desert is was a great experience. After graduating from high school I had no idea what I wanted to do and everything seemed to complicated. Deciding to attend college of the Desert was one of the best decisions I made, the financial aid department, and counselors as well as the professors were always dedicated to help me strive and do my best, they were always there to help me and answer any questions! Some of my fav professors ever are , Rebecca Hertsgard & Alan Hurt. Now, I am transferring to a university , a ready to become a cayote at CSUSB , but I'll always be a roadrunner at heart.
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I absolutely love the professors, there are so many dedicated and attentive who make learning worthwhile. They actually care and really make an effort to make each course feel important and personal! The campus is beautiful, although parking can be extremely difficult depending on what time your courses are taking place. There are tons of student services and the best tutoring centers for any class you may need help with. The security is touch and go and the counseling for course planning and transfers can be extremely challenging and from my experience has pointed me in the wrong direction as far as classes that transfer or what my options are for out of state certifications. The bookstore is really well managed and has always had the books and information I need stocked and I absolutely love the Library. Overall an amazing school but I would love to see more direction in the counseling center!
College of the Desert is an amazing community college, with outstanding academics, awesome student life, great athletics, and wonderful resources. COD has so much to offer towards it's staff and students. They take great care of their athletes as well. I was apart of the COD Softball for the past two years and I had the best experience playing college softball. Our traveling, food, and equipment was paid for and maintained properly. As an athlete I was fortunate enough to receive priority registration and first pick with resources. When COVID hit I was deemed as a homeless student and I must say College of the Desert has helped me so much and has provided necessary assistance. I have received emergency funding, assistance with financial aid, and financial support when it comes to books and supplies. Overall College of the Desert is much more than a beautiful campus located in sunny Palm Desert. It is a safe learning environment with amazing resources.