College of the Desert

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College of the Desert

Two-Year School

Programs Offered

Associate's Degree, Certificate, ESL/English Program, Intensive English Program Certificate, Online Program, Short-Term, Summer Program
College of the Desert is an award-winning community college with excellent university-transfer and vocational academic programs offered in beautiful Southern California


Inland Empire

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43500 Monterey Ave. Palm Desert, CA 92260


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College of the Desert

Get to know us

College of the Desert (COD) is a thriving community college conveniently located in exciting Southern California.

COD welcomes students from over 30 countries to enroll in our popular university transfer associate degree programs, our supportive Intensive English Academy, customized programming for institutional partners, and exciting gap-year programs.

COD’s academic advantages for international students include priority course registration, exclusive academic counselor access, and transfer guarantees to elite University of California and California State Universities. COD has also recently won several national awards for student success.

COD’s beautiful campus is ranked among the top 50 most beautiful campuses in the U.S. Surrounded by majestic mountains, covered in lush palm trees, and bathed in sunshine for more than 300 days a year, it’s truly an inspiring place to study! Our resort location offers students easy access to popular music, sport, and shopping destinations in the U.S.

Despite being a famous tourist destination, our area’s cost of living is quite affordable compared to California urban centers. Additionally, COD offers scholarships for international students, including guaranteed scholarships for students enrolled from our international partner institutions.