College of the Desert

College of the Desert

Palm Desert, CA
location
Public
type
Small
setting
55%
45%
student ratio
11,146
total students
Tuition Cost $1,297 | $7,625
in-state | out-of-state
Rolling
fall application deadline
100%
acceptance rate
Non-competitive
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
Not
Reported
sat math
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sat reading
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sat writing
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Overview

College of the Desert -- A 2 + 2 Community College in California

College of the Desert (COD) is a thriving two-year community college located in the famous resort area of Palm Springs, California. At COD, students can choose from over 60 degree and certificate programs such as Architecture, Biology, Business Administration, Computer Science, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Health Sciences, Physics, and many other certificate and associate degree options.

Transfer success is a passion at COD. The faculty, counselors, and staff are focused on helping students transfer to the best public and private universities throughout the United States, such as UCLA, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and many more. In fact, many universities offer guaranteed transfer admission to COD's international students!

Starting a bachelor's degree at a community college allows the student the opportunity to improve grades, to gain a better focus on academic and career goals, and to benefit from the high regard many universities have for community college transfer students. Not only do many universities have lower GPA requirements for students transferring with a community college associate's degree than they do for freshman applicants, they often don't require associate degree transfer students to submit TOEFL/IELTS or SAT scores!

If these benefits weren't enough, consider the cost savings when a student starts his or her bachelor's degree as a COD student. At less than $19,000, COD's total annual estimated costs are approximately 40% less than the average annual cost of enrolling as an international student at California State Universities and approximately 1/3 the cost of enrolling as an international student at University of California campuses!

Inspiring Environment

College of the Desert was recently ranked as the sixth most scenic community college campus in the United States! Surrounded by majestic mountains, covered in lush palm trees, and bathed in sunshine for more than 300 days a year, the campus is truly an inspiring place to study. Along with their stunning scenery, they are known for their relaxed, safe, and friendly culture. Students from 30 different countries are celebrated for their diversity and welcomed as members of the campus community.

While the setting is relaxed, life at College of the Desert is often very exciting! Many international students take leadership roles on competitive sports teams, in cultural and academic clubs, and even as volunteers and staff members in the tutoring center, library, and various offices across the campus. While it's very easy to spend every day enjoying the College of the Desert campus, students are encouraged to participate in the many academic, social, and cultural outings sponsored by the college. Whether it's visiting a prestigious transfer university, hiking in a national park, or playing at the beach, opportunities to explore the region are an important part of the College of the Desert experience.

English Language Programs

College of the Desert's Intensive English Academy (IEA) provides a uniquely supportive, safe, and friendly environment for students who want to strengthen their English proficiency before beginning an academic degree program. Expert faculty teach small but lively classes focused on Writing, Grammar, Reading, and Oral Communication. The IEA curriculum is rigorous, and as a result, students quickly and comprehensively develop their English proficiency. In fact, many of College of the Desert's most successful students began their studies in the IEA!

The IEA's college campus location allows students to be fully immersed in campus life and to have unique opportunities to practice their English with native-speaking students, faculty, staff, and community members. The IEA's community connections are perhaps its most valuable feature. These include a very close, welcoming, and dedicated host family network; easy access to public transportation, parks, and other resources; the security and convenience of living in a prestigious resort area. Beyond the beautiful local community, the IEA immerses students in Southern California culture with opportunities to explore the many other famous attractions the region has to offer in places like Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Monica, and Hollywood!

The IEA offers numerous start dates each year. The 16-week fall and spring sessions are scheduled with College of the Desert's academic calendar. It's possible to complete one of three IEA levels during each of these sessions. It's also possible to complete a full level during the IEA's eight-week accelerated summer session. Students who don't need to complete a full level are welcome to join the IEA for eight weeks of the fall or spring sessions as well.

Given the IEA's desirable location, college affiliation, and many other benefits, it continues to be one of Southern California's best-value ESL programs. The total estimated cost for completing a 16-week session is less than $8500. The total estimated cost for the summer accelerated session is less than $4900. This includes estimates for tuition, housing, meals, insurance, and all other related expenses!

Another great benefit of the IEA is that it does not have an English-proficiency requirement for admission. Not only that, completion of level three of the IEA satisfies College of the Desert's English-proficiency requirement. In other words, the IEA provides an exceptional and accelerated pathway for success in an Associate's degree and beyond, without the need to ever take the TOELF, IELTS, EIKEN, or other English proficiency exam!

Whether students are beginning English language learners or just want to build more confidence in their English skills before starting a degree program, the Intensive English Academy can help them achieve their goals and enjoy their learning journey!

Associate Degree Opportunities

College of the Desert offers 63 Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees from the college's 28 departments. Associate programs are designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and skill sets necessary to succeed in their fields of choice. Degree requirements average between 60 and 70 credit hours, but vary by program and focus. Examples of programs leading to an associate's degree include: accounting, advanced transportation technologies, biology, business administration, chemistry, communications, computer science, nutrition care, and sociology.

COD Certificate Programs

College of the Desert offers 40 certificate programs through 15 departments. COD certificate programs for employment preparation or achievement are designed to provide well-rounded instruction in a vocation of the student's choosing. Certificate requirements vary by program and require anywhere from 12 to 51 credit hours to complete. Examples of certificate programs available include: landscape and irrigation technician, building inspection technology, automotive technology, retail management, culinary arts, and early childhood education.

Delivered by a Supportive Faculty

Faculty members of College of the Desert are dedicated to providing students with the skills and opportunities to succeed in their fields of interest. Along with the supportive COD staff, the college's faculty serves students by providing them with the tools needed to be prepared either for transferring to a four-year institution or for careers in today's job market.

College of the Desert Scholarship Opportunities

College of the Desert is proud to offer a limited number of scholarships to international students who have completed at least one semester at the college. These merit based scholarships are offered each semester and are based on grades earned at the institution, community involvement, and a personal statement.


Location & Contact

43-500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260-9305
United States

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Agriculture
    • Agribusiness
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Agriculture
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Crop Production
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Ornamental Horticulture
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Turf and Turfgrass Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Architecture
    • Architectural Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting Technology and Bookkeeping
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Business, Management, and Marketing Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Commerce
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Hospitality Administration
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Office Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Resort Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Journalism
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Radio and Television
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Graphics
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Programming
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Construction trades
    • Building/Construction Site Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Building/Home/Construction Inspection
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Engineering
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Drafting and Design Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering Technologies and Engineering Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • Creative Writing
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • English
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Child-Care and Support Services Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Child-Care Provision
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Development and Family Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Athletic Training
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Dietetic Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Police Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Fire Prevention and Safety Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Fire Science/Firefighting
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Biological and Physical Sciences
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Mechanic and repair technologies
    • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Natural Resources/Conservation
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Golf Course Operation and Grounds Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Parks, Recreation and Leisure
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Personal and culinary services
    • Cooking and Related Culinary Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Culinary Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Commercial and Advertising Art
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

100% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied2,599
    • Accepted2,599
    • Acceptance Rate100%
    • Enrolled11,146
    • Female Applicants1,303
    • Females Accepted1,303
    • Female Acceptance Rate100%
    • Male Applicants1,296
    • Males Accepted1,296
    • Male Acceptance Rate100%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $0
    • Required for All
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$1,297
    • Out-of-state tuition *$7,625
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$38
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students11,146
    • Male Student Percentage45%
    • Female Student Percentage55%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino71.53%
    • Black or African American2.83%
    • White or Caucasian17.51%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.37%
    • Asian3.05%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.15%
    • Two or more races2.58%
    • Unknown or International Student.59%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students1% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available No
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Not Reported
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing Not Reported
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups No
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Yes
    • Most popular organizations Not Reported
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Yes No
    • Basketball No Yes No
    • Cross-country running No Yes No
    • Fencing No Yes No
    • Football No Yes No
    • Golf No Yes No
    • Soccer No Yes No
    • Softball No No No
    • Tennis No Yes No
    • Track No Yes No
    • Volleyball No No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball No Yes No
    • Cross-country running No Yes No
    • Fencing No Yes No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No Yes No
    • Soccer No Yes No
    • Softball No Yes No
    • Tennis No Yes No
    • Track No Yes No
    • Volleyball No Yes No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty554
    • Full-time Percentage28%
    • Part-time Percentage72%
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio23:1 or 6,671 students to 287 faculty


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