College of the Desert


Highest Degree Offered: Associates

College Type: Public

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: California


Students who attend COD may expect to transfer, complete degrees and certificates, prepare for the workforce, and acquire a general education that enables them to be well-rounded, productive citizens. To assure students' learning success, we assess student learning needs, establish academic and vocational courses and programs appropriate to those needs, determine the effectiveness of those courses and programs, and implement changes to improve student learning.

COD is a two-year, public institution that provides lower division academic, vocational, and basic skills education. We are a successful college because we make decisions based on a systematic assessment of the needs of the community and the application of our core values.

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 9734

Undergraduate Students: 9734
Faculty: 148

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 66:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 66:1

Contact Information

43-500 Monterey Ave
Palm Desert California 92260


Main Email:

Main Phone: 760-346-8041

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Sally Tiaga
Director, Admissions & Records

Transfer Services Contact:
Margo Capuano
Transfer Center Technician, Career Center
760.862.1351 [ ]

International Admissions Contact:
Becky Swanson
Admissions & Records Technician, Admissions & Records

Athletics Contact:
Terry Schukart
Director of Athletics , Athletic Department

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Minimum GPA for Applying:

Minimum Grades for Transfer:

Credits (Min/Max):

Test Scores for Applying:
You are not required to submit SAT/ACT scores.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
There is no letter of recommendation requirement.

Essay(s) required:
You are not required to submit an essay with your application.

Application Fee:
Applying to a California community college is free. Some community colleges do have an application fee for international student applications.

Other Requirements:

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Transfer Statistics

Transfer-Out Rate for Community Colleges:
From 2003-2006 35.3 % attained a certificate, degree, or became “transfer-prepared” completing 56 transferable units with a GPA of 2.0 or better. From 2004-2006, 17.2% transferred to either CSU, UC, a private college or a CA Community College.

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Tuition and Fees – In-State:

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Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
The good news is that almost everyone is eligible for some form of student financial aid. The types of Financial Aid offered are: Grants/Scholarships/Enrollment Fee Waivers, Work-Study, and Loans.

Special Programs


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