College of the

Founded in 1958, College of the Desert (COD) is a highly regarded public community college in Palm Desert, California, the geographic center of the Coachella Valley. About 15,000 students enroll each semester, attending either part-time or full-time thanks to the College’s flexible course structures offering hybrid, in-person, or hyflex classes, including vocational and technical programs like Nursing and Health Sciences, Administration of Justice and Turf Grass Management and Ornamental Horticulture. 








Credentials Offered

Less than one year certificate

One but less than two years certificate

One but less than two years certificate

ICON: associate's degree

Associate's Degree

Two but less than 4 years certificate

Two but less than 4 years certificate


Offers Online Programs


Undergraduate Enrollment Total

26 to 1



Average Annual Cost

The average annual net price that a student who receives federal financial aid pays to cover expenses (e.g., tuition, living expenses) to attend a school. Net price is the school’s cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received. For public schools, this is only the average cost for in-state students.

Financial Aid / Scholarships

The average percent of students awarded aid and the amount of aid awarded to full-time beginning undergraduate students


Grants & Scholarships


Federal Grants


Pell Grants


Other Federal Grants


State & Local Government Grants & Scholarships


Institutional Grants & Scholarships

Top 5 Fields of Study by Size & Highest Earnings

A field of study is a category of academic programs offered by institutions of education. Since these are categories of offerings, they may not map directly to programs advertised on course catalogs.

Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing

Associate’s Degree

Criminal Justice and Corrections

Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma

Criminal Justice and Corrections

Associate’s Degree

icon: Biological and Physical Sciences

Biological and Physical Sciences

Associate’s Degree

ICON: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

Associate’s Degree

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Median Earnings



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The median annual earnings of individuals that received federal student aid and began college at this institution 10 years ago, regardless of their completion status.