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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 4,577 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.
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.98 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.93 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.93 responses
Most Popular Majors
Liberal Arts and Humanities258 Graduates
Police and Criminal Science76 Graduates
HVAC and Refrigeration Engineering Technician60 Graduates
Natural Sciences57 Graduates
Child Care Provider53 Graduates
Automotive Mechanics48 Graduates
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Employed 2 Years After Graduation
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College of the Desert Reviews
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.
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.