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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 $5,100. 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
- Annual tuition range:
- State Residents: $860-$1,000
- Out-of-State: $5,500-$6,653
- Part-time students are charged:
- State Residents: $36-$43 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $230-$280 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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||37%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||37%||$3,148|
|Receiving Student Loans||2%||$3,020|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 11%.
Admissions, Academics, & 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 College||San Diego County||California|
Popular Transfer-Out Colleges & Universities
Many students from Miracosta College may transfer-out and continue their education at the following four-year colleges & universities:
- California State University - San Marcos
- National University
- University of California - San Diego
- San Diego State University
- University of California - Irvine
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,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Natural Resources and Conservation
Personal and Culinary Services
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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