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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Professors
    B-
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Safety
    B+
  5. Student Life
    B-
  6. Location
    B+
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 7,190 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 $24,100.
About Palomar College...
Athletic Division
CCCAA
Athletic Conference
Address
1140 W. Mission
San Marcos, CA 92069

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Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
High School GPA

Cost

Net Price
$4,812/ 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
$4,556/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
63%

Academics

Professors
B-
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
53%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.121 responses
74%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.121 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,190Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
16,658
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 5 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    40%
  • Part/Full time job
    40%
  • Outgoing
    20%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
32%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
78%
National
83%

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Palomar College Reviews

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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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I currently attend Palomar College and I love it. There is an incredibly diverse student body, plenty of faculty that is professional and consistent, and a plethora of classes, degree and certification programs, as well as teaching and learning opportunities and clubs for students of all walks of life and ages. There is no discrimination towards anyone from what I have seen, and the classes are paced nicely. I was able to work a job and be a full time student without my academics hindering my work availability too much. Beautiful campus, helpful staff that goes out of their way to ensure students are meeting all the requirements.
I believe Palomar is a great transitioning school before University. They have saved me so much money and offered many financial aid resources. I practically had both years paid for. Their academics are great, and there are many courses that suite to one's level. The only downside to this community college is that it is not a social environment, this is because people are going in and out to earn their degrees and there isn't much time to socialize. Nevertheless, this school is a great start-off for my educational career.