College of the Desert: Narrative Description

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43-500 Monterey Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260-9305
Tel: (760)346-8041
Admissions: (760)773-7516
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State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of California Community College System. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1959. Setting: 160-acre small town campus. Total enrollment: 9,946. Students come from 23 states and territories, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 52% Hispanic, 3% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 40% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for international applicants or nursing program. Option: early admission. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to district residents.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Most popular organizations: student association, International Club, African-Americans for College Education. Major annual events: Homecoming, Mayor's Forum, Rotary Awards. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. College of the Desert Library with 58,000 books and 260 serials. 43 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Palm Desert is a resort area with a population of 12,000, where the climate is temperate. Buses and planes serve the area; Highway 111 goes through town. There are churches of major denominations, civic and service groups, and hospitals are nearby. Indio and Palm Springs have such recreational activities as boating, fishing, water skiing, and hiking. There are nearby mountains for winter sports. The area is a major center for golf and tennis tournaments.

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