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Palomar is a public college located in San Marcos, California in the San Diego Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,318 undergraduate students. The Palomar acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Social Science Research Methods, and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Paramedic). Graduating 32% of students, Palomar alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $24,000.
About Palomar College...
Athletic Division
CCCAA
Athletic Conference
Address
1140 W. Mission
San Marcos, CA 92069

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Admissions

Cost

Net Price
$5,137/ 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
    $2,998/ year
  • $30-48k
    $3,676/ year
  • $49-75k
    $6,141/ year
  • $76-110k
    $7,379/ year
  • $110k+
    $4,412/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
25:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.123 responses
52%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.119 responses
75%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.119 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,318Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
17%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
5%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
32%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
79%
National
83%

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I just finished my first semester at Palomar college and I have to say that it exceeded my expectations. I was very disappointed about having to attend a community college instead of a uni, but going to Palomar was a great choice. It is very affordable, with or without financial aid. There are lots of options for great classes and professors and the staff and counsellors are very helpful. It is very easy to stay focused on yourself and your future if you attend this school, and I can really see a bright future ahead of me after attending this school. Palomar is a great option for anyone, and as long as you can manage your time and responsibilities well. There are so many careers and universities that Palomar can really help you transition in to. Overall, great school!
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Excellent value! Quality educators who care. Low tuition. Significant assistance with expenses. The excellent art department, tech, nursing are career and UC and CS transfer focused.
Palomar college is great! An easy going school ,where I can get things done especially online. I am mainly on online student , but even so , I can navigate through their website with ease. I am a full time mom so online is all I have access to at the moment and Palomar college has made attending school online manageable for me.I love how I can navigate through Canvas and complete all my work .Their site is fully organized.