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Palomar College

1140 W. Mission, San Marcos, CA

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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.

Academics

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.

Student Life

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. 

Athletics

The Palomar College "Comets" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

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)

Community Life

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.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,200. 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

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $1,300-$1,500
    • Out-of-State: $7,000-$8,434
  • 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 Aid60%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships58%$4,281
Receiving Student Loans1%$3,289
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Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Palomar College may provide student services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Child care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how Palomar College compares against other community colleges in San Diego County and community colleges in California as a whole.

 Palomar CollegeSan Diego CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate25.4%23.1%24.3%
Transfer-out Rate14.3%16.6%13.8%

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
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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.

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,...)

Architecture

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Library Science

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Physical Sciences

Precision Production

Psychology

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
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FINANCIAL AID RATE
60%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
26:1

DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
18

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$2,378