946 reviews
  1. San Marcos, CA
  2. 2 Year
C
Overall Niche Grade
  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
Data not available
Address
1140 W. Mission
San Marcos, CA 92069

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
SAT Scores Range
Data not available
ACT Scores Range
Data not available
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Data not available
High School GPA
Data not available

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+
    No Data

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!
Palomar is a community college so the vast majority of students just set foot on campus for their classes and then go straight home. Not many students attend clubs; those that do have to live nearby for it to be worth their time. Many students commute. Because of that the parking is terrible. Their are limited full-time teachers. The majority of the teachers are part-time and have multiple jobs to keep themselves afloat. They are overworked and when I go to them for help they have no office so I can't get additional help. Also, the Financial Aid office (which I have to visit very frequently) has overworked staff who often don't have the time to sit for more than one to two minutes with each student. However, the campus has many sunny, grassy areas to sit and study and a wide variety of support programs that many students never know about simply because they don't stay on campus long enough to find out.
I have really enjoyed my experience at Palomar so far. It is a really great campus and they are always updating and making the campus nicer. They have a lot of resources to help you succeed. The staff is also really great, full of wonderful professors who really have passion for their subjects and want you to succeed. They have a good food area and book store. One thing that has bothered me though is the lack of seating around campus. There are some places to sit but most of the time you have to sit on the ground. Most of the time the few places to sit are occupied. Overall I am really happy I was able to go to Palomar for my general education and Associates classes.