FINANCIAL AID RATE66%
STUDENT TEACHER RATIO26:1
DEGREE OFFERED ONLINE18
FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.$2,520
Average Grants + Scholarship Aid Awarded to Undergraduate Students
Percent of Full-Time Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid
Percent of Students Paying In-State Tuition vs Out-of-State Tuition
One College Drive, Blythe, CA
Palomar College is a two-year community college that is part of the Palomar Community College District located in North San Diego County, California. The main campus of Palomar College is located in San Marcos. The main San Marcos Campus, which is situated on 252 hilly acres, is the location of The Palomar College Arboretum. Students and community members enjoy the Arboretum as a place to study botany and relax.
Palomar College offers numerous academic degree programs at the associate's degree level. It also offers the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AAT), for those students planning to transfer to a four-year university to complete a bachelor's degree. Palomar also offers certificates of achievement and proficiency in several areas, as well as non-credit courses.
In addition to its academic degree and certificate programs, college transfer programs and workforce training and professional development, Palomar College offers a Community Development program. Community members may continue learning and developing their interests and skills through workshops, "Venture" classes, seminars, activities and events at Palomar. Palomar College also offers distance learning through online courses.
The academic calendar for Palomar College follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, and three shorter summer sessions.
Colleges and Schools
Palomar College is not divided into colleges and schools, but has more than 100 academic programs and course offerings.
Palomar College offers many student services and amenities including the student bookstore, admissions services, financial aid, career services, counseling services, children's center, disability resource center, intramural athletics, veterans' services, health services, student affairs, and a student activities office (SAO) that provides information about student clubs and organizations on campus. In addition to these many services, Palomar College is home to several excellent recreational and entertainment venues, including the Boehm Gallery, the Planetarium, and the Arboretum, among others.
There are food services on all of the Palomar College campuses, but no on campus housing is available.
The Palomar College "Comets" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:
- Cross Country
- Water Polo
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
- Water Polo
In addition to its main San Marcos Campus in San Marcos, Palomar College has several satellite campuses or "Educational Centers" in the San Marcos, CA area of North San Diego County:
- Palomar College at Camp Pendleton Educational Center (Camp Pendleton, CA)
- Palomar College Escondido Center (Escondido, CA)
- Palomar College at Fallbrook (Fallbrook, CA)
- Palomar College at Mt. Carmel (San Diego, CA)
- Palomar College at Pauma (Pauma Valley, CA)
- Palomar College at Ramona (Ramona, CA)
In addition to offering a Community Education program and many sites and events that are open to the community, Palomar College forges business and service partnerships with organizations and groups in the North San Diego County community.
The geographical area of North San Diego County is known for its beautiful coastline and inland areas, and many of its communities are quite affluent. There are foothills and ridges separating the beaches from the nearby mountains, creeks and lagoons. Communities in the area include La Jolla, Rancho Bernardo, Solana Beach, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Del Mar, and Rancho Santa Fe, among others.
In addition to lovely beaches, there are numerous golf courses in the area, and the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park are within easy reach.
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may give an overview of the students Palomar College accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,100. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $1,300-$1,500
- Out-of-State: $8,800-$10,620
- Part-time students are charged:
- In-State: $46-$55 per unit
- Out-of-State: $310-$370 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||66%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||65%||$5,287|
|Student Loans (Federal)||1%||$4,204|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo support students and graduates, Palomar College may provide services including:
- Distance learning
- Remedial instructional courses
- Counseling assistance
- Student employment
- Day care
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Assistant Program
- * Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1971)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- * Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1974)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Palomar College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Transportation and Materials Moving
Visual and Performing Arts
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