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College of the Desert Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how College of the Desert ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is College of the Desert Ranked?

2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

College of the Desert was awarded 3 badges in the 2021 rankings.

Overall Quality

College of the Desert was not ranked in College Factual's 2021 Best Overall Colleges report. This could be for a number of reasons, including lack of data.

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Is It Hard to Get Into College of the Desert?

Acceptance Rate

If you are worried about getting into College of the Desert, don't be. The school has a liberal open admissions policy, which means you only need to meet basic requirements in order to be admitted. Still, be sure to submit a complete application and provide any other requested materials.

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College of the Desert Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at College of the Desert is 28 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at College of the Desert is 29%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  29 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at College of the Desert

Freshmen Retention Rate

College of the Desert has a freshmen retention rate of 73%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  73 out of 100

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Average Overall Diversity at College of the Desert

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 11,412 undergraduates at College of the Desert with 4,577 being full-time and 6,835 being part-time.

College of the Desert Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

College of the Desert scored 46.23 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  46.23 out of 100
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How Much Does College of the Desert Cost?

The overall average net price of College of the Desert is $9,284. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of College of the Desert, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At College of the Desert, approximately 0% of students took out student loans averaging $11,000 a year. That adds up to $44,000 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at College of the Desert is 20.4%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

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How Much Money Do College of the Desert Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from College of the Desert make about $30,600 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 23% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


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Location of College of the Desert

College of the Desert is a public institution located in Palm Desert, California. Palm Desert is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of College of the Desert

Contact details for College of the Desert are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 43-500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: 760-346-8041

College of the Desert Majors

Learn more about the majors offered at College of the Desert along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at College of the Desert

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 3,132 students took at least one online class at College of the Desert. This is an increase from the 2,695 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 3,132 798
2016-2017 2,695 646
2015-2016 2,728 642
2014-2015 2,216 485
2013-2014 1,353 196

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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