College of the Desert.

College of the Desert

Palm Desert, CA2 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About College of the Desert

College of the Desert (COD) is a public community college in Palm Desert, California. COD enrolls about 12,500 students, of which around one third attend college full-time. It serves the Coachella Valley of Riverside County. The college is federally recognized as a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI), receiving Title V grants. COD is the home of the Energy Technology Training Center. COD offers associate degrees and certificate programs.


Notable programs at College of the Desert

Visual and Performing Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Visual and Performing Arts, Biology, Business, Journalism, Mass Communication and Media Studies, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Humanities.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at College of the Desert was $7,663, while for in-state students it was $1,335. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $2,719.

The average financial aid at College of the Desert is $6,798. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $865 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at College of the Desert

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

71% of undergraduate students at College of the Desert received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at College of the Desert

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,854.

Diversity at College of the Desert

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017