College of the Desert

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$1,297
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$12,270
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
20.5%
Default Rate
2019 Enrolled Students
11,919
41% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
23.8%
219 Graduates

About

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

In 2019, 1,441 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at College of the Desert. 57.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (996 degrees), 3.69 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (270 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at College of the Desert is $1,297, which is $−6,527 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at College of the Desert is $1,297, which is $−6,527 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $12,270.

In 2019, 76% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while N/A% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$1,297
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at College of the Desert was $1,297. The cost of tuition at College of the Desert is $−6,527 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

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Average Net Price

$12,270
2019 Value
9.83%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 College of the Desert had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $12,270. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of College of the Desert grew by 9.83%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,779
Room and Board
$1,917
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at College of the Desert was of $13,779 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,917. The cost of room and board increased by 3.66% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies increased by 3.4% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

76%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
N/A%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

76% of undergraduate students at College of the Desert received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 1.33% with respect to 2018, when 75% 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.
20.5%
2017 Default Rate
9
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at College of the Desert was 20.5%, which represents 9 out of the 44 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

College of the Desert has a total enrollment of 11,919 students. The full-time enrollment at College of the Desert is 4,890 students and the part-time enrollment is 7,029. This means that 41% 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 73.5% Hispanic or Latino, 15.5% White, 2.97% Asian, 2.63% Black or African American, 2.55% Two or More Races, 0.361% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.109% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at College of the Desert in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (42.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (32.6%) and White Male (7.14%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

41%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at College of the Desert, both undergraduate and graduate, is 11,919 students. The full-time enrollment at College of the Desert is 4,890 and the part-time enrollment is 7,029. This means that 41% of students enrolled at College of the Desert are enrolled full-time compared with 34.9% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

72%
2019 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 College of the Desert was 72%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (61%), College of the Desert 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
    8,765
  2. White
    1,852
  3. Asian
    354

The enrolled student population at College of the Desert is 73.5% Hispanic or Latino, 15.5% White, 2.97% Asian, 2.63% Black or African American, 2.55% Two or More Races, 0.361% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.109% 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 44% White, 26.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% 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, 173 students (1.45%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 211 more women than men received degrees from College of the Desert. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at College of the Desert is hispanic or latino (996 degrees awarded). There were 3.69 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (270 degrees).

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

The most specialized majors across all degree types at College of the Desert, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Agriculture (58 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (84 degrees), and History (30 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at College of the Desert are Other managers (139,069 people), Police officers (137,721 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (123,635 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (108,446 people), and Secondary school teachers (73,499 people).

The most specialized majors at College of the Desert are Agriculture (58 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (84 degrees), History (30 degrees), Protective Services (116 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (67 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 College of the Desert are Surgeons, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Physicians, and Aircraft pilots & flight engineers

The most specialized majors at College of the Desert are Agriculture (58 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (84 degrees), History (30 degrees), Protective Services (116 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (67 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at College of the Desert are Justice, public order, & safety activities (355,626 people), Elementary & secondary schools (288,998 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (142,834 people), Legal services (105,845 people), and Construction (89,830 people).

The most specialized majors at College of the Desert are Agriculture (58 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (84 degrees), History (30 degrees), Protective Services (116 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (67 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 College of the Desert.
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 College of the Desert was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

615
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
826
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 615 degrees were awarded to men at College of the Desert, which is 0.745 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (826).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 82 degrees were awarded to men at College of the Desert in Humanistic Studies, which is 0.569 times less than the 144 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 144 degrees were awarded to women at College of the Desert in Humanistic Studies, which is 1.76 times more than the 82 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

6%
100% Completion Time
24%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 6% of students graduating from College of the Desert completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 24% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 33% 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.
Two or More Races Male
Highest Graduation Rate (57.1%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at College of the Desert is Male and Two or More Races (57.1% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 0.457% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    996 degrees awarded
  2. White
    270 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    66 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at College of the Desert is hispanic or latino (996 degrees awarded). There were 3.69 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (270 degrees).

0.416% of degree recipients (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    596 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Male
    400 degrees awarded
  3. White Female
    144 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at College of the Desert is hispanic or latino female (596 degrees awarded). There were 1.49 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino male (400 degrees).

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Operations

College of the Desert has an endowment valued at nearly $24.2M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $3.05M (12.6%), compared to the 5.92% average return ($255k on $4.3M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2019, College of the Desert had a total salary expenditure of $146M. College of the Desert employs 145 Instructors, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at College of the Desert are Female Instructors (78), Male Instructors(67), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at College of the Desert are: Office and Administrative Support, with 123 employees, Management, with 53 employees, and Service with 39 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$24.2M
2019 Endowment
3.39%
growth from 2018

College of the Desert has an endowment valued at about $24.2M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of College of the Desert grew 3.39% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $19.9M 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. $3.78M - Federal
  2. $15.8M - State
  3. $501k - Local

As of 2019, College of the Desert received $3.78M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $15.8M from state grants and contracts, and $501k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$52.8M
2019 Salaries
6.38%
growth from 2018

In 2019, College of the Desert paid a median of $52.8M in salaries, which represents 36.3% of their overall expenditure ($146M) and a 6.38% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 16.2% growth from 2017 and a 10.2% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.6M (44.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$15.6M
Instructional Salaries
145
Number of Employees

In 2019, College of the Desert paid a total of $15.6M to 145 employees working as instructors, which represents 29.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.1M (30.7%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
145 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
123 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at College of the Desert were Instructor with 145 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at College of the Desert were Office and Administrative Support with 123 employees; Management with 53 employees; and Service with 39 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at College of the Desert was Female Instructor with 78 employees, Male Instructor with 67 employees, and false with 0 employees.

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

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