College of the Desert (COD)

Palm Desert, CA

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College of the Desert

College of the Desert

College of the Desert Student Essentials

College of the Desert Student Essentials
Region: Southwest
Setting: Large Town Setting
Type: Public
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Road Runner
Website: www.collegeofthedesert.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: No
Parking Permit Required: Yes
Selectivity: Open Admissions
In-State Tuition: $1,316
Out-of-State Tuition: $6,440
Retention Rate: 71%
Enrollment: 11,801
Year Established: 1958

About COD

College of the Desert earned its name from its Palm Desert, California location, among the palm trees and blue skies. In two years, students can earn a certificate or associate’s degree and be ready for a career or transfer.

Among the programs you can study are Agriculture, GED, Architecture, Automotive Technology, Business, Culinary Arts, Education, Emergency Medical Technician, Health Sciences, Journalism, Science, and Theatre Arts.

For all of your financial concerns, the financial aid office has information on specific scholarships, loans, grants, and work-study for eligible students and the deadlines to earn this aid to help pay for tuition, books, and other expenses.

The student services offered by CotD only add to the college environment. There is an academic skills center, bookstore, computer labs, counseling, health center, transfer center and a rich student life, which includes clubs and a student government.

The career center is prepared to help its students find post-graduation employment with their career assessment, employment development, job fair, job search workshops and study skill resources, as well as a virtual career center that can help you get hired with tips and job searching.

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COD Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4 of 5 Stars 3 Reviews

33% of students gave College of the Desert 5 stars overall.

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COD Map & Location

College of the Desert
43-500 Monterey Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260


Getting Around COD

Walkability

Good walkability. We think you’ll enjoy walking in this area.

6/10
walk

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Palm Desert, CA

Winter
Dec
71
44
Jan
72
45
Feb
75
48
Spring
Mar
81
55
Apr
88
61
May
96
68
Summer
Jun
103
74
Jul
107
80
Aug
107
80
Fall
Sep
102
74
Oct
92
64
Nov
80
52

COD Students

Total Students 11,801

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 60%
  • African American: 4%
  • Caucasian: 27%
  • American Indian or Alaska native: 1%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Unknown and Other: 4%
Latino 60%
African American 4%
Caucasian 27%
American Indian or Alaska native 1%
Asian 4%
Unknown and Other 4%

Undergraduate 100%
Graduate %
Full-Time 0%
Part-Time 100%
International 2%
Domestic 98%

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