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Study at College of The Desert

Established in 1958, College of the Desert or COD is a public two year community college, located in Palm Desert in the Coachella Valley of Riverside County, California. It is distinguished as the home of the Energy Technology Training Center, a nationally recognized leader in alternative fuel training. The College was also recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in 2000. COD enrolls more than 10, 000 students every term. The courses offered at the College address a local need for employees in the hospitality, medical and agriculture industries. COD confers A. A. degrees and certificate programs in culinary management, turf management, nursing and agriculture, as well as in unique vocations such as transportation technology and digital design. COD participates in the Foothill Intercollegiate Conference under the jurisdiction of the California Community College Commission on Athletics.

Profile of College of The DesertCollege of The Desert is found in Palm Desert, California. Palm Desert is a large suburb. The school is a public institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Associate's degree at College of The Desert.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in liberal arts.

College of The Desert Selectivity

College of The Desert accepts all qualified applicants under its open-admission rules.

The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at College of The Desert is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

Students numbered 8, 597 in 2007 at the school.

College of The Desert Tuition and AffordabilityCollege of The Desert is a relative bargain, with lower tuition and fees than most schools offering similar degrees.

College of The Desert Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts266liberal arts and sciences, economics, history, political science, sociology, anthropology, creative writing, Spanish language, . . .
Nursing and Emergency Medicine142registered nursing, licensed practical nurse, EMT paramedic, home health aide, nursing assistant
Business and Management61business management, accounting, business
Family and Social Work36child development, human services
Security and Law Enforcement32criminal justice and police, fire-fighting
Therapy and Counselling27psychology, substance abuse Counselling
Computer Science and Engineering22information technology, computer graphics, computer science
Cooking and Culinary Arts11culinary arts
Landscaping and Horticulture10turf management, applied horticulture
Mechanics and Repair10automobile mechanics, alternative fuel vehicle tech
Hospitality8hospitality management, resort management
office and Administration8office management
Media7mass communication, journalism
Engineering Technician6HVAC tech, drafting
Conservation and Resource Management5conservation, environmental studies, environmental science
Architecture and Planning5architectural tech
Art Studies2art studies
Science2biology, physics, geology, chemistry
Construction Trades2building inspector, construction manager
Agricultural Science and Management1agriculture, crop production, agricultural operations
Religion and Philosophy1philosophy
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy0dietetic technician, health and physical education, parks and recreation studies
Drama and Performing Arts0drama
Contact: College of The DesertCollege of The Desert

43-500 Monterey Ave

Palm Desert, California 92260

General Phone: (760) 346-8041


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