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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
$6,168 Out-of-State
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Enrolled Students
34.9% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
416 Graduates


The median in-state tuition at MiraCosta College is $1,104, which is $2,118 less than the national median in-state tuition of $3,222. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $6,168, which is 558% of the cost for in-state students, and is $768 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 $5,743.

In 2016, 50% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 2% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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MiraCosta College has a total enrollment of 14,801 students. The full-time enrollment at MiraCosta College is 5,167 students and the part-time enrollment is 9,634. This means that 34.9% of students enrolled at MiraCosta College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at MiraCosta College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 42.5% White, 36.5% Hispanic or Latino, 7.13% Two or More Races, 6.32% Asian, 3.36% Black or African American, 0.52% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.32% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at MiraCosta College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (7.55%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (7.31%) and White Male (6.38%). 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, 797 more women than men graduated from MiraCosta College. The majority of students graduating from MiraCosta College are White. These 1,464 graduates mean that there were 1.37 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,072 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at MiraCosta College is Liberal Arts & Sciences with 515 graduates, followed by Biological & Physical Sciences with 212 graduates and Humanistic Studies with 196 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at MiraCosta College, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Communication Technologies, with 84 graduates, followed by Liberal Arts & Humanities with 1,685 graduates and Human Sciences with 185 graduates.


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MiraCosta College has an endowment valued at nearly $5.67M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $137,089 (2.42%), compared to the 0.69% average return ($21,444 on $3.12M) across all Associate's Colleges.

In 2015, MiraCosta College had a total expenditure of $129M. Of that $129M, they spent $66.6M on salaries and $21M on benefits.

MiraCosta College employs 187 Instructors, N/A N/A, and N/A N/A. Most academics at MiraCosta College are Female Instructors (97), Male Instructors (90), and N/A N/A (N/A).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at MiraCosta College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 108 employees, Service, with 49 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 46 employees.



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