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College of the Desert
College of the Desert 43-500 Monterey Ave Palm Desert, CA 92260 Phone: (760) 346-8041
  • General Information
    About College of the Desert

    Mission: 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. Vision: College of the Desert will be a center of collaborations and innovations for educational enrichment, economic development and quality of life in the Coachella Valley and surrounding communities. Values: College of the Desert is a learning-centered institution that values: Student Success: Student learning and growth are central to all we do. Diversity & Inclusion: We embrace the diversity of our community and uphold the dignity and worth of the individual. Integrity: We are open, honest and reliable. Respect: We value the thoughts, words, and actions of our students, colleagues, and community. Dedication: Our faculty, staff and administrators are responsible leaders who effectively implement programs in support of student learning and efficient college operations. Professionalism: We are current in our areas of expertise and embody high standards of conduct. Communication: We communicate with authenticity in pursuit of broad understanding, effective dialog, and inclusive decision-making. Lifelong Learning: Learning is essential to living, for our students, faculty and staff.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 2-year, Public
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • Distance learning opportunities
    • Weekend/evening college
    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
    • Dual credit
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.Advanced placement (AP) credits
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Less than 1 year certificate
    • 1-2 years certificate
    • Associate's degree
    • 2-4 years certificate
    Campus Setting
    • Suburb: Large
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants
    Full Time Retention Rate 49%
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 13,173
    Native American 146
    Asian 634
    African American 484
    Hispanic 6,395
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 4,090
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 0

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