MiraCosta College

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Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education – undergraduate programs offered
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
On-campus day care for students' children
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's Dominant
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
Recreational or avocational (leisure) programs
Adult basic or high school equivalency
Noncredit education offered
Workforce Education
Recreational/Avocational/Leisure/Personal Enrichment
Adult Basic Education
Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent
English as a Second Language
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2022Full timePart time
Total faculty175493
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
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$1,972$1,972$1,972$1,152-41.6%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$15,084$15,084$15,084$22,57249.6%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2019-20202020-20212021-20222022-2023% change 2021-2022 to 2022-2023
Off Campus$23,484$22,844$23,484$29,73626.6%
Off Campus with Family$7,824$7,284$7,824$6,680-14.6%
Off Campus$29,844$29,804$30,852$37,03220.0%
Off Campus with Family$14,184$14,244$15,192$13,976-8.0%
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Alternative Tuition Plans and Promise Program
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
  • Participates in a Promise program
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 aid176275%————
Grant or scholarship aid75874%$3,957,921$5,222
Federal grants38438%$1,988,592$5,179
Pell grants38338%$1,863,318$4,865
Other federal grants26426%$125,274$475
State/local government grant or scholarships75574%$1,966,329$2,604
Institutional grants or scholarships(*)0%(*)(*)
Student loan aid101%$50,105$5,011
Federal student loans101%$50,105$5,011
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 aid15,70255%$23,978,687$4,205
Pell grants2,75726%$10,208,399$3,703
Federal student loans1872%$1,296,301$6,932
Grant or scholarship aid111717%$183,084$1,565
  • 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$5,995$6,946$7,281
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$3,304$3,215$3,825
$30,001 – $48,000$3,861$3,876$4,862
$48,001 – $75,000$6,184$7,086$7,114
$75,001 – $110,000$8,365$9,428$7,402
$110,001 and more$7,872$9,100
  • 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)10,860
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,193
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:Full-time: 36%Part-time: 64%Student Gender:Male: 41%Female: 59%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%Asian: 7%Black or African American: 4%Hispanic/Latino: 43%Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%White: 35%Two or more races: 7%Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%U.S. Nonresident: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:24 and under: 60%25 and over: 40%Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:In-state: 94%Out-of-state: 0%Foreign countries: 3%Unknown: 3%
  • 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: 56%Enrolled in some, but not all, distance education courses: 34%Not enrolled in any distance education courses: 10%
  • 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 are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:Full-time students: 84%
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, 31 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 2016
Overall graduation rate:Overall graduation rate: 43%Transfer-out rate: 11%
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: 41%Female: 44%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 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: 50%Asian: 46%Black or African American: 27%Hispanic/Latino: 37%Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 25%White: 48%Two or more races: 44%Race/ethnicity unknown: 30%U.S. Nonresident: 61%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2021-2022
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Agricultural/Animal/Plant/Veterinary Science and Related Fields
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General53-
Landscaping and Groundskeeping44-
Plant Nursery Operations and Management11-
Viticulture and Enology11-
Category total119-
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural Technology/Technician32-
Landscape Architecture139-
Category total1611-
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies
Women's Studies-1-
Category total-1-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-33-
Category total-33-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping7442-
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General153-
Business Administration and Management, General47171-
Business/Commerce, General15--
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry3--
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce22-
Hospitality Administration/Management, General32-
Office Management and Supervision11-
Real Estate21-
Retail Management00-
Retailing and Retail Operations00-
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General1511-
Small Business Administration/Management105-
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations-0-
Category total194238-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia9--
Radio and Television-8-
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-61-
Category total969-
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, and Special Effects30-
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician53-
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design20-
Recording Arts Technology/Technician1210-
Category total2213-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General87-
Computer and Information Systems Security/Auditing/Information Assurance2710-
Computer Graphics1511-
Computer Programming/Programmer, General127-
Computer Science-21-
Computer Support Specialist22-
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications00-
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General40-
Information Technology83-
Network and System Administration/Administrator00-
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design32-
Category total7963-
Culinary, Entertainment, and Personal Services
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General1--
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager00-
Category total10-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching05-
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs229-
Elementary Education and Teaching-0-
Foreign Language Teacher Education-0-
Health Teacher Education-0-
Category total234-
Engineering/Engineering-related Technologies/Technicians
Biomedical Technology/Technician14150
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General63-
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician0--
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD00-
Category total20180
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-34-
Category total-34-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Adult Development and Aging22-
Child Care and Support Services Management44-
Child Care Provider/Assistant12442-
Child Development00-
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General-4-
Category total13052-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General02-
French Language and Literature37-
Italian Language and Literature-3-
Japanese Language and Literature00-
Spanish Language and Literature311-
Category total623-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General260-
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other-0-
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training12-
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage1--
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary4723-
Medical/Clinical Assistant5123-
Public Health, General-4-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse043-
Surgical Technology/Technologist01-
Category total12696-
History, General-27-
Category total-27-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration431-
Criminal Justice/Police Science00-
Category total431-
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies-1-
Category total-1-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies-101-
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies1,046396-
Category total1,046497-
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-1-
Category total-1-
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician3610-
Category total3610-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences-12-
Biological and Physical Sciences-277-
Category total-289-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science00-
Category total00-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and Kinesiology
Physical Fitness Technician68--
Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness, General70-
Category total750-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-0-
Physical Sciences, General-0-
Physics, General-0-
Category total-0-
Psychology, General-119-
Psychology, Other-0-
Category total-119-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General-0-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other3--
Category total30-
Science Technologies/Technicians
Biology/Biotechnology Technology/Technician25123
Category total25123
Social Sciences
Anthropology, General-4-
Economics, General-1-
Political Science and Government, General-8-
Social Sciences, General-0-
Sociology, General-50-
Category total-63-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation-0-
Art/Art Studies, General-18-
Dance, General-3-
Dance, Other0--
Design and Visual Communications, General6--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-7-
Music, General-4-
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology22-
Visual and Performing Arts, General11-
Category total935-
Grand total1,8141,76823
  • 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 ((!)07/01/1952)10/01/2023
  • (!) Estimated date
  • 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: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/105224.
Criminal Offenses201920202021
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape100
d. Fondling100
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault001
i. Burglary001
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201920202021
a. Domestic violence000
b. Dating violence100
c. Stalking000
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.300
b. Drug abuse violations101
c. Liquor law violations000
Disciplinary Actions201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations000
c. Liquor law violations000
  • 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 https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety.
  • 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
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Department of Defense Voluntary Educational Partnership Memorandum of Understanding
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 - undergraduates: 395DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 98
Average amount of benefits/assistance disbursed through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance disbursed through the institution:Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $461DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $208
  • 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 time2%4%
200 percent of normal time4%--
Transfer-out rate
150 percent of normal time67%72%
200 percent of normal time73%--
  • 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 rate0.0%4.9%15.0%
Number in default01241
Number in repayment235241273
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)