College of the Desert

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$1,345
3.7% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$14,476
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
17.9%
Default Rate
2020 Enrolled Students
10,932
38.4% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
25.6%
357 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 2020, 1,822 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at College of the Desert. 58.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (1,325 degrees), 4.21 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (315 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at College of the Desert is $1,345, which is $−6,635 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at College of the Desert is $1,345, which is $−6,635 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $14,476.

In 2020, 73% of undergraduate students attending College of the Desert received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, null% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$1,345
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at College of the Desert was $1,345. The cost of tuition at College of the Desert is $−6,635 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

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Average Net Price

$14,476
2020 Value
18%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 College of the Desert had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $14,476. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of College of the Desert grew by 18%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,084
Room and Board
$1,971
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at College of the Desert was of $15,084 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,971. The cost of room and board increased by 9.47% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.82% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

73%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
null%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

73% of undergraduate students at College of the Desert received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a decline of 3.95% with respect to 2019, when 76% 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.
17.9%
2018 Default Rate
27
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at College of the Desert was 17.9%, which represents 27 out of the 151 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 10,932 students. The full-time enrollment at College of the Desert is 4,197 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,735. This means that 38.4% 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 73.8% Hispanic or Latino, 15.7% White, 2.96% Two or More Races, 2.95% Asian, 2.35% Black or African American, 0.329% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0732% 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 (47.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (28.9%) and White Female (7.15%). 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

38.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at College of the Desert, both undergraduate and graduate, is 10,932 students. The full-time enrollment at College of the Desert is 4,197 and the part-time enrollment is 6,735. This means that 38.4% of students enrolled at College of the Desert are enrolled full-time compared with 34.4% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

68%
2020 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 68%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (60%), 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
    8,066
  2. White
    1,721
  3. Two or More Races
    324

The enrolled student population at College of the Desert is 73.8% Hispanic or Latino, 15.7% White, 2.96% Two or More Races, 2.95% Asian, 2.35% Black or African American, 0.329% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0732% 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 44.5% White, 26.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.2% 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, 110 students (1.01%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 316 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 (1,325 degrees awarded). There were 4.21 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (315 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 Human Sciences (174 degrees awarded), Agriculture (69 degrees), and Protective Services (147 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at College of the Desert are Elementary & middle school teachers (235,310 people), Other managers (179,177 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (169,041 people), Police officers (142,890 people), and Social workers, all other (128,294 people).

The most specialized majors at College of the Desert are Human Sciences (174 degrees awarded), Agriculture (69 degrees), Protective Services (147 degrees), History (28 degrees), and Psychology (139 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, Physicians, Clinical and counseling psychologists, Computer hardware engineers, and Entertainers & performers, sports & related workers, all other

The most specialized majors at College of the Desert are Human Sciences (174 degrees awarded), Agriculture (69 degrees), Protective Services (147 degrees), History (28 degrees), and Psychology (139 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at College of the Desert are Elementary & secondary schools (574,000 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (390,009 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (282,405 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (238,829 people), and Individual & family services (164,705 people).

The most specialized majors at College of the Desert are Human Sciences (174 degrees awarded), Agriculture (69 degrees), Protective Services (147 degrees), History (28 degrees), and Psychology (139 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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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

753
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,069
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 753 degrees were awarded to men at College of the Desert, which is 0.704 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,069).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 95 degrees were awarded to men at College of the Desert in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.17 times more than the 81 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 165 degrees were awarded to women at College of the Desert in Humanistic Studies, which is 2.84 times more than the 58 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

9%
100% Completion Time
28%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 9% 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, 28% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 37% 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 Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at College of the Desert is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 0.84% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    1,325 degrees awarded
  2. White
    315 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    58 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at College of the Desert is hispanic or latino (1,325 degrees awarded). There were 4.21 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (315 degrees).

0.494% of degree recipients (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    783 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Male
    542 degrees awarded
  3. White Female
    179 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at College of the Desert is hispanic or latino female (783 degrees awarded). There were 1.44 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino male (542 degrees).

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Operations

College of the Desert has an endowment valued at nearly $24.4M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.33M (9.54%), compared to the 5.11% average return ($226k on $4.42M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2020, College of the Desert had a total salary expenditure of $178M. College of the Desert employs 146 Instructors, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at College of the Desert are Female Instructors (77), Male Instructors(69), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at College of the Desert are: Office and Administrative Support, with 126 employees, Management, with 57 employees, and Service with 41 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$24.4M
2020 Endowment
0.831%
growth from 2019

College of the Desert has an endowment valued at about $24.4M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of College of the Desert grew 0.831% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $20M 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. $4.31M - Federal
  2. $13.2M - State
  3. $397k - Local

As of 2020, College of the Desert received $4.31M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $13.2M from state grants and contracts, and $397k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$56.5M
2020 Salaries
6.96%
growth from 2019

In 2020, College of the Desert paid a median of $56.5M in salaries, which represents 31.8% of their overall expenditure ($178M) and a 6.96% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.38% growth from 2018 and a 16.2% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (43.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$15.7M
Instructional Salaries
146
Number of Employees

In 2020, College of the Desert paid a total of $15.7M to 146 employees working as instructors, which represents 27.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.98M (29.6%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
146 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
126 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at College of the Desert were Instructor with 146 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at College of the Desert were Office and Administrative Support with 126 employees; Management with 57 employees; and Service with 41 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at College of the Desert was Female Instructor with 77 employees, and Male Instructor with 69 employees.

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

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