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By the community. For the community.

The College is a sound investment from multiple perspectives. Students benefit from improved lifestyles and increased earnings. Taxpayers benefit from a larger economy and lower social costs. Finally, the community benefits from an improved valley quality of life to increased job and investment opportunities, to higher business revenues, greater availability of public funds, and an eased tax burden.
Since 1958, College of the Desert has built its reputation on student excellence, quality education and faculty and community benefit. Year after year, COD continues to supply the Coachella Valley economy with its workforce and a much needed economic engine.

Each year more than 14,000 students choose to pursue their higher education with COD.

  • 25% of local high school students choose COD to begin their college career.
  • 90% of degree-seeking students at College of the Desert qualify for some form of financial aid, including grants, scholarships, and work study.
  • 50%+ of the students attending COD have full-time jobs while taking classes.
  • 350 veterans are enrolled at College of the Desert.
  • More than 84% of all students are the first in their family to attend college.

Degrees and Certificates

COD awards more degrees and certificates each year than all other local higher education providers combined.
In 2016, COD graduated its largest class in history, conferring more than 1,1000 degrees and certificates. College of the Desert is the number one source of students to California State University San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus. COD offers over 1,000 classes in 76 different course areas in multiple locations throughout the Coachella Valley.