Palomar College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$1,288
0% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$4,812
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
13.3%
Default Rate
2017 Enrolled Students
23,848
30.1% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
28.5%
554 Graduates

About

Palomar College is a higher education institution located in San Diego County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Palomar College were .

In 2017, 3,963 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Palomar College. 47.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 52.2% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were hispanic or latino (1,642 degrees), 1.04 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (1586 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Palomar College is $1,288, which is $-6,126 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Palomar College is $1,288, which is $-6,126 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $4,812.

In 2017, 46% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 1% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$1,288
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Palomar College was $1,288. The cost of tuition at Palomar College is $-6,126 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

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Average Net Price

$4,812
2017 Value
6.33%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Palomar College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $4,812. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Palomar College grew by 6.33%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,826
Room and Board
$1,764
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Palomar College was of $12,826 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,764. The cost of room and board decreased by 3.75% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

46%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
1%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

46% of undergraduate students at Palomar College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 4.17% with respect to 2016, when 48% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
13.3%
2016 Default Rate
30
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Palomar College was 13.3%, which represents 30 out of the 226 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Palomar College has a total enrollment of 23,848 students. The full-time enrollment at Palomar College is 7,190 students and the part-time enrollment is 16,658. This means that 30.1% of students enrolled at Palomar College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Palomar College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 43.3% Hispanic or Latino, 37.6% White, 5.96% Asian, 4.96% Two or More Races, 3.17% Black or African American, 0.704% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.486% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Palomar College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Hispanic or Latino Female (22.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (21.8%) and White Male (18.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

30.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Palomar College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 23,848 students. The full-time enrollment at Palomar College is 7,190 and the part-time enrollment is 16,658. This means that 30.1% of students enrolled at Palomar College are enrolled full-time compared with 36% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

71%
2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Palomar College was 71%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (61%), Palomar College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    10,332
  2. White
    8,960
  3. Asian
    1,422

The enrolled student population at Palomar College is 43.3% Hispanic or Latino, 37.6% White, 5.96% Asian, 4.96% Two or More Races, 3.17% Black or African American, 0.704% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.486% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 45.9% White, 25.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.8% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 646 students (2.71%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 173 fewer women than men received degrees from Palomar College. The majority of degree recipients at Palomar College are hispanic or latino (1,642 degrees awarded). There were 1.04 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (1586 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Palomar College is N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Palomar College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Library Science (23 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (62 degrees), and Construction (121 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Palomar College are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (300,374 people), Other managers (220,063 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (171,779 people), Chief executives & legislators (100,359 people), and Postsecondary teachers (92,044 people).

The most specialized majors at Palomar College are Library Science (23 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (62 degrees), Construction (121 degrees), Social Sciences (591 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (267 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Palomar College are Surgeons, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Physicians, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Palomar College are Library Science (23 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (62 degrees), Construction (121 degrees), Social Sciences (591 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (267 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Palomar College are Elementary & secondary schools (324,027 people), Legal services (243,011 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (231,094 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (180,481 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (163,701 people).

The most specialized majors at Palomar College are Library Science (23 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (62 degrees), Construction (121 degrees), Social Sciences (591 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (267 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Palomar College.
Most Common
  1. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  2. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In false, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Palomar College was N/A with N/A degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 2,068
  2. 1,895

In 2017, 2,068 degrees were awarded to men at Palomar College, which is 1.09 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,895).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 478 degrees were awarded to men at Palomar College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.823 times less than the 581 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 581 degrees were awarded to women at Palomar College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.22 times more than the 478 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

9%
100% Completion Time
29%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 9% of students graduating from Palomar College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 29% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 37% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (49.4%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Palomar College is Male and Asian (49.4% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.62% of graduates (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    1,642 degrees awarded
  2. White
    1,586 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    249 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Palomar College is hispanic or latino (1,642 degrees awarded). There were 1.04 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (1586 degrees).

2.32% of degree recipients (92 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Male
    935 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    867 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    775 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Palomar College is white male (935 degrees awarded). There were 1.08 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino female (867 degrees).

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Operations

Palomar College has an endowment valued at nearly $4.47M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.98M (66.6%), compared to the 2.22% average return ($81.1k on $3.66M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2017, Palomar College had a total salary expenditure of $212M. Palomar College employs 277 Instructors, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Palomar College are Female Instructors (142), Male Instructors(135), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Palomar College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 137 employees, Service, with 79 employees, and Management with 55 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$4.47M
2017 Endowment
20.3%
growth from 2016

Palomar College has an endowment valued at about $4.47M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Palomar College grew 20.3% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $814k higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $0 - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Palomar College received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$84M
2017 Salaries
10.2%
growth from 2016

In 2017, Palomar College paid a median of $84M in salaries, which represents 39.6% of their overall expenditure ($212M) and a 10.2% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.8% decline from 2015 and a 3.4% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 14.9M (41.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$28.3M
Instructional Salaries
277
Number of Employees

In 2017, Palomar College paid a total of $28.3M to 277 employees working as instructors, which represents 33.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $6.95M (28.7%) for similar Associates Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
277 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
137 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Palomar College were Instructor with 277 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Palomar College were Office and Administrative Support with 137 employees; Service with 79 employees; and Management with 55 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor
  3. false

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Palomar College was Female Instructor with 142 employees, Male Instructor with 135 employees, and false with 0 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Palomar College.

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