College of the Desert

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43500 Monterey Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260

(760) 346-8041 ADT_info@collegeofthedesert.edu Visit the Website

Financial Aid Office

43500 Monterey Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260

(760) 776-7200 FAO@collegeofthedesert.edu
College of the Desert Campus

College of the Desert is an essential part of the world’s largest system of higher education. The college was founded in 1958 and opened its doors for the first time in September 1962. As a two-year college, it offers transfer students an affordable option for starting college and transferring to a four-year institution.

College of the Desert provides resources and programs to meet the diverse needs of its students.

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Transfer Center

Preparing students to transfer to participating four-year colleges and universities.

Career Education

Providing career training courses, certificates and direct pathways to employment.

UndocuLiaisons

Giving answers and support to undocumented students of all nationalities and backgrounds.

Rubi Becerril Gonzalez

A2MEND Chapters

Enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students.

Jermaine Cathcart, A2MEND and BSU advisor, Sociology Professor

Black Student Union

Challenging, enlightening and encouraging awareness and excellence in Black students.

Dr. Jermaine Cathcart, BSU Advisor

Veterans Program

Providing various types of aid, benefits and support for current servicemembers and veterans.

Amanda Phillips, Dean of Counseling Services 

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Community college helps returning veterans make a smooth and affordable transition from military service into the highly competitive job market. Military service may even qualify you to earn credit for prior learning.

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Every community college campus has a foster youth liaison to help support students throughout their educational journey. And, with the NextUp program, the colleges also offer eligible current and former foster youth support and services that could include help with books, transportation, tutoring, housing and more.

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College of the Desert offers more than a degree. They offer a path to the life you want.

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Accounting
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Accounting
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Administration of Justice

Administration of Justice
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Criminal Justice
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Criminal Justice
A.S. Degree

Agriculture Business, Sales and Service

Alcohol and Controlled Substances

Alcohol and Drug Studies
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Alcohol and Drug Studies
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Alternative Fuels and Advanced Transportation Technology

Advanced Transportation Technologies
A.S. Degree
Automotive Alternative Fuels
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Hybrid, Fuel-Cell, & Electric Vehicle
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Anthropology

Applied Photography

Photography
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Architecture and Architectural Technology

Architectural Technology
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Athletic Training and Sports Medicine