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IPEDS ID: 113573
OPE ID: 00118200
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College of the Desert
43-500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert, California 92260
Distance from ZIP:  0.0 miles from 92260
General information:  (760) 346-8041
Website:  collegeofthedesert.edu
Type:  2-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  9,719 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  29 to 1
Admissionscollegeofthedesert.edu/students/ar/Pages/default.aspx
Apply Onlinewww.collegeofthedesert.edu
Financial Aidcollegeofthedesert.edu/students/fa/Pages/default.aspx
Net Price Calculatorwebprod.cccco.edu/npc/931/npcalc.htm
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veteranscollegeofthedesert.edu/students/vs/Pages/default.aspx
Mission Statement
  College of the Desert provides excellent educational programs and services that contribute to the success of our students and the vitality of the communities we serve.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
5%
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty88347
Instructional88347
Research and public service00
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees
In-state$1,316$1,316$1,316$1,3361.5%
Out-of-state$6,440$6,636$6,832$6,656-2.6%
Books and supplies$1,665$1,710$1,746$1,7641.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$10,962$11,268$11,493$11,9704.2%
Other$4,158$4,167$4,275$4,178-2.3%
Off Campus with Family
Other$4,275$4,167$4,149$4,2953.5%
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
In-state
Off Campus$18,101$18,461$18,830$19,2482.2%
Off Campus with Family$7,256$7,193$7,211$7,3952.6%
Out-of-state
Off Campus$23,225$23,781$24,346$24,5680.9%
Off Campus with Family$12,380$12,513$12,727$12,715-0.1%
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Alternative Tuition Plans
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Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid163180%————
Grant or scholarship aid62680%$3,244,669$5,183
Federal grants47761%$2,192,456$4,596
Pell grants47660%$2,164,107$4,546
Other federal grants314%$28,349$914
State/local government grant or scholarships61678%$1,050,201$1,705
Institutional grants or scholarships344%$2,012$59
Student loan aid(*)0%(*)(*)
Federal student loans00%$0
Other student loans(*)0%(*)(*)
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
  • (*) Number receiving aid and total and average amounts of aid received are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid17,36276%$23,671,145$3,215
Pell grants4,17843%$14,483,198$3,467
Federal student loans00%$0
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2012-20132013-20142014-2015
Average net price$9,104$8,683$9,323
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$7,530$7,502$7,998
$30,001 – $48,000$7,741$8,086$8,192
$48,001 – $75,000$10,324$10,248$10,431
$75,001 – $110,000$12,513$12,575$12,026
$110,001 and more$14,038
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)9,719
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment469
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 37%
Part-time: 63%Student Gender:
Male: 47%
Female: 53%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 3%
Black or African American: 3%
Hispanic/Latino: 68%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 20%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 3%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 67%
25 and over: 33%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 92%
Out-of-state: 2%
Foreign countries: 6%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 2%
Enrolled in some distance education: 12%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 86%
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students
Student retention:
Full-time students: 74%
Part-time students: 60%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 31 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 29%
Transfer-out rate: 9%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by gender
Overall graduation rate by gender:
Male: 29%
Female: 29%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 39%
Black or African American: 3%
Hispanic/Latino: 28%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 35%
Two or more races: 22%
Non-resident alien: 44%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Graduation Rates by Time to Completion

Graduation rates can be measured over different lengths of time. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program. For example, the "normal" amount of time for many associate's degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including "150% of normal time" (e.g., 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., 4 years for a 2-year program).

Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2011 or Fall 2012, by Time to Completion
Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2011 or Fall 2012, by Time to Completion
[Began in Fall 2011]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 5%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 23%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: 33%
[Began in Fall 2012]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 7%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 29%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: %
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgram<1
year
Certificate
1
to
<2
year
Certificate
Associate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations--1
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General26-1
Turf and Turfgrass Management754
Category total3356
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural Technology/Technician-17
Category total-17
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General--6
Category total--6
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping-261
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General1--
Business Administration and Management, General--97
Business/Commerce, General--3
Hospitality Administration/Management, General--5
Office Management and Supervision6-1
Resort Management-1-
Retail Management-2-
Category total729107
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Journalism--7
Mass Communication/Media Studies--4
Speech Communication and Rhetoric--10
Category total--21
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Graphics5-6
Computer Science--0
Information Technology-21
Category total527
Construction Trades
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager003
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector7--
Category total703
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General-11
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician17-4
Category total1715
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing--3
English Language and Literature, General--12
Category total--15
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Care and Support Services Management--4
Child Care Provider/Assistant019
Category total0113
Health Professions and Related Programs
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training-2213
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse--56
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling-246
Category total-4675
History
History, General--16
Category total--16
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Police Science43-43
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician1-3
Fire Science/Fire-fighting20--
Category total64-46
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies--186
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies--0
Category total--186
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General--14
Category total--14
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician2--
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician36-4
Category total38-4
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences--62
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other--10
Category total--72
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies--0
Natural Resources/Conservation, General--3
Category total--3
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General--0
Kinesiology and Exercise Science--8
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies--0
Physical Fitness Technician9--
Category total9-8
Personal and Culinary Services
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General503
Category total503
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy--4
Category total--4
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General--4
Geology/Earth Science, General--0
Physics, General--5
Category total--9
Psychology
Psychology, General--73
Category total--73
Social Sciences
Anthropology--8
Economics, General--8
Geography--0
Political Science and Government, General--15
Social Sciences, General--0
Sociology--22
Category total--53
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General--11
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General--7
Music, General3-11
Visual and Performing Arts, General--1
Category total3-30
Grand total18885786
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
  • The College of the Desert Student Veterans Organization is proud to be a chapter of the Student Veterans of America organization. Information can be found at this website: http://collegeofthedesert.edu/students/vs/Pages/vetsclub.aspx
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program: 0
RETENTION, GRADUATION, AND TRANSFER-OUT
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS
Full-time students: 84%
Part-time students: 66%
  • Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
GRADUATION AND TRANSFER-OUT RATES FOR FIRST-TIME EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS
Rates by time to completion2010-112011-12
Graduation rate
150 percent of normal time18%13%
200 percent of normal time18%--
Transfer-out rate
150 percent of normal time27%50%
200 percent of normal time27%--
  • Depending on the program length, graduation and transfer-out rates can be measured over different lengths of time. The academic years, 2010-11 and 2011-12, are the cohort years students entered an institution. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program from the time they entered an institution. For example, the "normal" amount of time (or 100% time) for many associate's degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including "150% of normal time" (e.g., completion within 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., completion within 4 years for a 2-year program).
  • (--) not applicable
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
Other DivisionMenWomen
Baseball27
Basketball1311
Football74
Golf188
Soccer2720
Softball25
Tennis108
Track and Field, X-Country52
Volleyball12
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges1/1/1963 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs6/1/1968 - 7/12/2012Terminated
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations032
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible01
Rape0
Fondling2
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery001
Aggravated assault001
Burglary666
Motor vehicle theft040
Arson000
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate17.8%23.0%21.7%
Number in default272117
Number in repayment1519178
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)