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Palomar College Overview

Palomar College is a public institution located in San Marcos, California. Palomar College is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is Palomar College Known For?

4,663 Undergraduate Awards
  • The highest award offered at Palomar College is the associate's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 26% of the faculty were full-time.

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Palomar College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Palomar College has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#19 Most Popular Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#76 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#157 Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Palomar College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Archeology Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Archeology Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Foreign Languages & Linguistics Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Most Popular Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Most Popular Social Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Value Liberal Arts General Studies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#75 Most Popular Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Palomar College?

Location of Palomar College

Contact details for Palomar College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1140 W. Mission, San Marcos, CA 92069-1487
Phone: 760-744-1150
Website: www2.palomar.edu/

How Do I Get Into Palomar College?

You can apply to Palomar College online at: https://www.palomar.edu/apply

Palomar College has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Can I Afford Palomar College?

13.2% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Palomar College, approximately 0% of students took out student loans averaging $2,830 a year. That adds up to $11,320 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Palomar College is 13.2%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Palomar College Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,870 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 23,874 undergraduate students at Palomar College, with 7,870 being full-time and 16,004 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Palomar College

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,870 full-time undergraduates at Palomar College, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Palomar College

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Palomar College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Palomar College Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 532
Black or African American 233
Hispanic or Latino 3,725
White 2,468
International Students 158
Other Races/Ethnicities 754

Over 47 countries are represented at Palomar College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Japan, China, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Palomar College

2,879 Took All Classes Online
9,080 Took At Least One Class Online
16.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 9,080 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Palomar College has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 107th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Palomar College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Palomar College was 16.2%. This is the #1,026 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Palomar College regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Palomar College majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Computer & Information Sciences 10%
Computer Information Systems 62%
Real Estate 36%

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Palomar College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 254 1,183 1,437
General Social Sciences 0 519 0 519
Allied Health Professions 354 10 15 379
Biological & Physical Science 0 312 0 312
Business Administration & Management 6 182 0 188
Fire Protection 0 46 136 182
General Psychology 3 117 0 120
Precision Metal Working 76 13 9 98
Human Development & Family Studies 28 38 21 87
Accounting 32 25 27 84
Nursing 0 67 0 67
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 58 9 67
Mathematics 0 65 0 65
Sociology 0 61 0 61
General Business/Commerce 0 58 0 58
Computer Programming 3 22 22 47
Graphic Communications 26 13 7 46
General Education 0 45 0 45
Design & Applied Arts 10 26 9 45
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 10 17 13 40
General Biology 0 32 7 39
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 37 0 37
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 0 1 34 35
Communication & Media Studies 0 33 0 33
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 6 13 14 33
Computer Systems Networking 0 15 16 31
Dental Support Services 0 8 23 31
Woodworking 27 1 2 30
Carpentry 0 0 27 27
Computer Information Systems 0 10 14 24
General English Literature 0 23 0 23
Textile & Apparel Studies 8 12 3 23
Geography & Cartography 17 5 0 22
Library & Archives Assisting 16 5 0 21
Romance Languages 2 18 0 20
American Sign Language 0 11 8 19
Economics 3 15 0 18
Masonry 0 0 16 16
Dance 9 7 0 16
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 6 9 15
Environmental Control Technology 0 7 8 15
Real Estate 12 2 0 14
Mental & Social Health Services 0 5 8 13
Journalism 1 10 1 12
Public Relations & Advertising 6 4 2 12
History 0 12 0 12
Health & Physical Education 0 11 1 12
Anthropology 0 12 0 12
Architectural Sciences & Technology 5 4 0 9
General Engineering 0 7 0 7
Fine & Studio Arts 0 7 0 7
Music 0 7 0 7
Building Management & Inspection 3 3 0 6
Philosophy 0 6 0 6
Drama & Theater Arts 0 6 0 6
Precision Systems Maintenance 0 0 5 5
Audiovisual Communications 2 1 1 4
Germanic Languages 2 2 0 4
Natural Resources Conservation 4 0 0 4
Chemistry 2 2 0 4
Homeland Security 0 4 0 4
Information Technology 3 0 0 3
Ethnic Studies 2 1 0 3
Health & Medical Administrative Services 2 1 0 3
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 2 1 3
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 3 0 3
Archeology 2 1 0 3
Air Transportation 0 1 2 3
Computer Software & Applications 1 1 0 2
Special Education 0 1 1 2
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 1 0 1
Legal Support Services 1 0 0 1
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1 0 0 1
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 0 0 0
International Business 0 0 0 0
Other Construction 0 0 0 0
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 0 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 0 0
Other Visual Art 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 685 2,324 1,654 4,663

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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