College of the Desert

Palm Desert, CA 92260
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College of the Desert is one of the one hundred three public 2-year colleges in California. The campus is located in a suburb, in Palm Desert.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 11,146 students attend the school. Every year 26% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

College of the Desert's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $1,297, and fees were $38. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $7,625 and $38 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students11,146
Student to Faculty Ratio28:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate73%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 0 5
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 3 14
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 82.2%
  • NCLEX-RN: 88.1%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
01/01/1963 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1968 - 07/12/2012



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$46/credit
In State Students$46/credit
Out of State Students$252/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $2,070 $2,070 $11,340
ADN 70 $3,220 $3,220 $17,640
BSN 125 $5,750 $5,750 $31,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 83% of College of the Desert's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 60% $4,545
Other Federal Grant 4% $743
State Grant & Scholarships 81% $1,956
Institutional Grant & Scholarships -- $400
Federal Student Loans -- --
Private Loans -- $8,499


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$8,120
$30,001 to $48,000$9,443
$48,001 to $75,000$11,599
$75,001 to $110,000--
Over $110,000--

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.
College of the Desert
43-500 Monterey Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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