College of the Desert

43-500 Monterey Ave
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Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education – undergraduate courses offered, programs not offered
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
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).
For-credit instruction programs offered
Adult basic or high school equivalency
Noncredit education offered
Workforce Education
Contract Training/Customized Training
Remedial Education
Recreational/Avocational/Leisure/Personal Enrichment
Adult Basic Education
Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent
English as a Second Language
Continuing Professional Education
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty by primary function, Fall 2022Full timePart time
Total faculty120349
Research and public service20
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 year2019-20202020-20212021-20222022-2023% change 2021-2022 to 2022-2023
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,971$1,080$1,125$1,1522.4%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$15,084$16,580$17,253$17,7843.1%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2019-20202020-20212021-20222022-2023% change 2021-2022 to 2022-2023
Off Campus$23,664$23,685$24,465$25,1222.7%
Off Campus with Family$8,274$6,626$6,728$7,3389.1%
Off Campus$30,944$31,245$32,109$32,9342.6%
Off Campus with Family$15,554$14,186$14,372$15,1505.4%
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Alternative Tuition Plans and Promise Program
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
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Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2021-2022
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber awarded aidPercent awarded aidTotal amount of aid awardedAverage amount of aid awarded
Any student financial aid193986%————
Grant or scholarship aid93685%$6,325,655$6,758
Federal grants82375%$4,650,838$5,651
Pell grants54850%$2,768,318$5,052
Other federal grants80674%$1,882,520$2,336
State/local government grant or scholarships85778%$1,520,230$1,774
Institutional grants or scholarships50046%$154,587$309
Student loan aid(*)0%(*)(*)
Federal student loans(*)0%(*)(*)
Other student loans00%$0
  • 1 Includes students awarded Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
  • (*) Number awarded aid and total and average amounts of aid awarded are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber awarded aidPercent awarded aidTotal amount of aid awardedAverage amount of aid awarded
Grant or scholarship aid16,52176%$35,020,884$5,370
Pell grants3,25638%$12,496,205$3,838
Federal student loans280%$206,069$7,360
Grant or scholarship aid145128%$1,254,570$2,782
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid awarded, 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.
Average net price$14,476$14,179$13,704
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 Income2019-20202020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$12,016$10,699$10,374
$30,001 – $48,000$12,341$11,205$10,899
$48,001 – $75,000$14,851$14,078$13,258
$75,001 – $110,000$15,977$15,344$15,422
$110,001 and more$18,021$10,850
  • 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 awarded 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 2022
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)10,382
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment400
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:Full-time: 37%Part-time: 63%Student Gender:Male: 42%Female: 58%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%Asian: 3%Black or African American: 2%Hispanic/Latino: 75%Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%White: 14%Two or more races: 3%Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%U.S. Nonresident: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:24 and under: 68%25 and over: 32%Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:In-state: 95%Out-of-state: 2%Foreign countries: 3%Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2021.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:Enrolled exclusively in distance education courses: 39%Enrolled in some, but not all, distance education courses: 34%Not enrolled in any distance education courses: 26%
  • 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: 64%Part-time students: 41%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2021 and Returned in Fall 2022
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 without completing at the current 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, 37 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2022.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2019
Overall graduation rate:Overall graduation rate: 27%Transfer-out rate: 5%
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: 23%Female: 32%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2019 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: 49%Black or African American: 7%Hispanic/Latino: 26%Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 50%White: 34%Two or more races: 40%Race/ethnicity unknown: 19%U.S. Nonresident: 39%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2019 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 2018 or Fall 2019, by Time to Completion
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2021-2022
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgram12
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Agricultural/Animal/Plant/Veterinary Science and Related Fields
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations--1
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General1015
Crop Production1-3
Turf and Turfgrass Management427
Category total15316
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural Technology/Technician-14
Category total-14
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General--18
Category total--18
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping-912
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General300
Business Administration and Management, General--169
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other3--
Business/Commerce, General5-11
Hospitality Administration/Management, General0-4
Office Management and Supervision600
Retail Management00-
Category total179196
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies--0
Radio and Television2-19
Speech Communication and Rhetoric--25
Category total2-51
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Graphics4-8
Computer Science--13
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications--12
Information Technology-03
Category total4036
Construction Trades
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager307
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector4--
Category total707
Culinary, Entertainment, and Personal Services
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General506
Category total506
Early Childhood Education and Teaching763571
Elementary Education and Teaching--12
Category total763583
Category total--3
Engineering/Engineering-related Technologies/Technicians
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General-01
Energy Systems Technology/Technician2-1
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician60-6
Solar Energy Technology/Technician1--
Category total6308
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General--28
Category total--28
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Care and Support Services Management-15-
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General--4
Human Development and Family Studies, General--18
Category total-1522
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature--10
Category total--10
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer--3
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)3--
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other--111
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training-01
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary6--
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant1--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse--64
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling-139
Category total1013188
History, General--29
Category total--29
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Police Science10-85
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician0-13
Fire Science/Fire-fighting0--
Category total10-98
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary1--
Category total1--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies--150
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-650-
Category total-650150
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General--9
Category total--9
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician--0
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician4-8
Category total4-8
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences--36
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other--20
Category total--56
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science--0
Natural Resources/Conservation, General3-4
Category total3-4
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and Kinesiology
Exercise Science and Kinesiology--45
Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies--0
Physical Fitness Technician2--
Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness, General--2
Category total2-47
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total--3
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General--10
Geology/Earth Science, General--2
Physics, General--3
Category total--15
Psychology, General--178
Category total--178
Social Sciences
Anthropology, General--5
Economics, General--6
Political Science and Government, General--27
Social Sciences, General--1
Sociology, General--61
Category total--100
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General--18
Cinematography and Film/Video Production3--
Commercial Photography1--
Digital Arts-0-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General--6
Music Technology2--
Music, General0-8
Visual and Performing Arts, General--7
Category total6039
Grand total2257261,412
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution. Data on varsity athletics are submitted annually as required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), by all co-educational postsecondary institutions that have an intercollegiate athletics program. For the most recent data collection, EADA did not collect data on varsity athletics for programs that were cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior CollegesAccredited since (01/01/1963)10/01/2024
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programsAccredited (06/01/1968 - 07/12/2012)
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistantPreaccredited since (04/25/2023)06/30/2024
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs:
Criminal Offenses201920202021
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape000
d. Fondling001
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault800
i. Burglary100
j. Motor vehicle theft010
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201920202021
a. Domestic violence100
b. Dating violence000
c. Stalking100
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.100
b. Drug abuse violations110
c. Liquor law violations100
Disciplinary Actions201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.200
b. Drug abuse violations100
c. Liquor law violations200
  • 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.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
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
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2021-2022
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: 0DoD Tuition Assistance Program: 0
  • Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
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
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year202020192018
Default rate2.4%12.3%17.8%
Number in default11027
Number in repayment4181151
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)