Palomar College.

Palomar College

San Marcos, CA2 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About Palomar College

Palomar College is a public community college in San Diego County, California. The main campus is in San Marcos and three centers and four education sites are located elsewhere throughout north San Diego County. The largest of these by student population is the education center located in Escondido. In 2018, satellite campuses in Rancho Bernardo and Fallbrook opened. The South Education Center in Rancho Bernardo is located on 27 acres at 11111 Rancho Bernardo Road, and the North Education Center in Fallbrook is located on 81 acres at 35090 Horse Ranch Creek Road. Other education sites are located at Camp Pendleton, the Pauma Indian Reservation, and at Ramona High School.


  • Offers certificate, and associate degrees
  • 21,320 students
  • 0.07 faculty staff per student

Notable programs at Palomar College

Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Biology, Business, International Business, Journalism, Advertising, Mathematics, Education, and Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Tuition and costs

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

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at Palomar College was $7,386, while for in-state students it was $1,338. 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 $2,397.

The average financial aid at Palomar College is $6,843. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $543 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at Palomar College

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

46% of undergraduate students at Palomar College 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 Palomar College

Room & board
Books & supplies

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

Diversity at Palomar College

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017