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



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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 located in beautiful Southern California. Surrounded by majestic mountains, covered in lush palm trees, and bathed in sunshine for more than 300 days a year, the campus is truly an inspiring place to study.

COD welcomes students from over 30 countries to enroll in our popular university transfer associate degree programs, Intensive English Academy, exciting gap-year programs, as well customized short-term ESL programs.

COD’s academic advantages for international students include priority course registration, exclusive academic counselor access, and transfer guarantees to the elite University of California, California State, and private universities. Additionally, students who complete level 3 of the Intensive English Academy can begin a COD degree program without taking TOEFL/IELTS or other English-proficiency tests!