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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
$6,888 Out-of-State
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Enrolled Students
37.5% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
198 Graduates

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The median in-state tuition at College of the Desert is $1,289, which is $1,933 less than the national median in-state tuition of $3,222. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $6,888, which is 534% of the cost for in-state students, and is $48 less than the national median out-of-state tuition of $6,936.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $9,484.

In 2016, 74% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 0% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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College of the Desert has a total enrollment of 10,792 students. The full-time enrollment at College of the Desert is 4,042 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,750. This means that 37.5% of students enrolled at College of the Desert are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at College of the Desert, both undergraduate and graduate, is 70.2% Hispanic or Latino, 18.5% White, 3.09% Asian, 2.82% Black or African American, 2.68% Two or More Races, 0.3% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.09% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at College of the Desert in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Hispanic or Latino Female (14.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (11.6%) and White Male (3.17%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A N/A (N/A), followed by N/A N/A (N/A) and N/A N/A (N/A).

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In 2016, 103 more women than men graduated from College of the Desert. The majority of students graduating from College of the Desert are Hispanic or Latino. These 689 graduates mean that there were 3.3 times more Hispanic or Latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 209 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at College of the Desert is Humanistic Studies with 181 graduates, followed by General Business Administration & Management with 99 graduates and General Psychology with 64 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at College of the Desert, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Agriculture, with 49 graduates, followed by Architecture and Related Services with 11 graduates and Interdisciplinary Studies with 55 graduates.


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College of the Desert has an endowment valued at nearly $21.7M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $413,780 (1.91%), compared to the 0.69% average return ($21,444 on $3.12M) across all Associate's Colleges.

In 2015, College of the Desert had a total expenditure of $106M. Of that $106M, they spent $35.7M on salaries and $13.2M on benefits.

College of the Desert employs 143 Instructors, N/A N/A, and N/A N/A. Most academics at College of the Desert are Female Instructors (76), Male Instructors (67), and N/A N/A (N/A).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at College of the Desert are: Office and Administrative Support, with 99 employees, Service, with 33 employees, and Management with 30 employees.



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