C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Professors
    C
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Safety
    B+
  5. Student Experience
    C+
  6. Location
    B-
Palomar College is ...
Public
Athletic Division
Other
Athletic Conference
Address
1140 W. Mission
San Marcos, CA 92069

Admissions

Cost

Net Price
$5,110/ 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
    $3,038/ year
  • $30-48k
    $3,925/ year
  • $49-75k
    $5,737/ year
  • $76-110k
    $7,321/ year
  • $110k+

Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
26:1
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.114 responses
75%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.114 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,192Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
19%
Pell Grant
37%
Varsity Athletes
4%
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After Palomar College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$31,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
31%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
79%
National
83%

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Palomar College Reviews

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Palomar College is a vibrant community college located in San Marcos, CA. This awarded school is one of the best community colleges in the country! There are so many resources offered at this school to help students of all kinds, whether you are looking to become a nurse, get your AA, or even transfer to a four-year. While there are a few places to eat on campus and to explore, the community is located in the heart of the city and has easy access to public transportation. The teachers here, for the most part, are knowledgeable and truly want to see the students succeed. This is a great place to begin your college journey!
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I enjoyed the diversity of students I would encounter each new class. I very much enjoyed the Pride Center available on campus because it acted as a safe space for the LGBT community and as a means of connecting with new people. Some improvements I would personally like to see would be a wider acceptance of the LGBT community on campus, there have been situations where I have felt unsafe to use the mens restroom because I am trans and the newspaper for Palomar has called us out for using the bathroom we identify with. Other than that, I have no other real complaints. It is a beautiful campus and the atmosphere is relaxed. There are programs all around campus to help you earn better grades such as the writing center and language tutoring.
Palomar is my local community college. I started attending this college in 2015. I attended Palomar as a means to eventually transfer to a university, which I will be doing so next school year. Out of my 2 years at Palomar, I have only had one professor who I did not particularly appreciate, but every other professor I had showed how much they were invested in how well we do and cared about our future and performance in their class. They always told their students that they were welcome to their office hours or e-mail them whenever. In addition, the counselors are also very helpful there. I would recommend meeting with a counselor twice a year to make sure you are on the right path for the end goal you have for yourself. They will help you get there. Overall, I am very pleased with the experience I have had at Palomar.