Miracosta College

One Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA

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MiraCosta College, located in Oceanside, California, was founded in 1934 to serve residents located in northern San Diego County and was originally known as Oceanside-Carlsbad Junior College. Courses were initially offered through Oceanside High School until the school relocated to a permanent campus in 1964 and was renamed MiraCosta College (which means “Behold the Coast”) due to the view of the ocean from the college.  The school's enrollment has increase sharply from its initial to 122 students, with a current annual enrollment of over 16,000. As a result the school maintains a campuses in Del Mar and San Elijo. The school is dedicated to providing the highest education and the greatest number of opportunities possible for its students and community.


MiraCosta College is a comprehensive community college that offers students a variety of programs in order to allow the pursuit of personal and professional goals with ease. Academic transfer programs allow students to complete the first two years of a four year education, after which students will apply to four year institutions to continue their education and eventually earn a bachelor's degree. Students applying to public California schools will have an easier time transferring due to agreements in place that guarantee admission.

Career training programs offer an education that prepares an individual for entry into the workforce as a qualified professional in a high demand field or industry. Programs provide skill development, education and training under the tutelage of experienced instructors in a variety of courses that offer access to traditional and practical teaching methods. Programs typically take between one and two years to complete and result in a degree or certificate upon completion.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

MiraCosta Community College is an open enrollment institution that admits any individuals that are eighteen years old at minimum, or have a high school diploma or equivalent. Students are asked to complete an application and pay all fees, as well as submit test scores and transcripts if available. Participation in orientation is encouraged, as is meeting with a counselor to discuss enrollment options. Some students may be required to take a placement exam prior to registration.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students are asked to complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which will be used by the financial aid department to determine the extent of a student's needs and their aid program eligibility when constructing and aid packet. Aid must be reapplied for each academic year and should be applied for in a timely manner in order to ensure that funds are disbursed when needed.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,200. 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

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $1,100-$1,300
    • Out-of-State: $5,900-$7,085
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $46-$55 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $250-$300 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid61%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships60%$4,543
Receiving Student Loans3%$6,086

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Miracosta College may provide student services like:

  • Online course work available
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment
  • Day care for children

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often times offer both career training courses and curriculum to help students transfer out to a 4-year college or university, that is why we include how this school compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in San Diego County and community colleges in California in total.

 Miracosta CollegeSan Diego CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate27.4%23.1%24.3%
Transfer-out Rate17.0%16.6%13.8%

Programs Offered

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.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Personal and Culinary Services

Physical Sciences

Precision Production


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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