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College of the Desert

Palm Desert, CA 2-Year Public
Acceptance Rate100%
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College of the Desert Academics

There is no accelarated degree program at College of the Desert, but students who wish to save money or graduate early can look into transferring in credits. College of the Desert accepts transfer credits. Additionally, College of the Desert has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.

College of the Desert offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

Academic Options Yes No
Accelerated Degree Program X
Transfer Credits Accepted
AP Credit Accepted X
IB Credits Accepted X
Summer Classes Available
New Student Orientation

Reminder: College of the Desert may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.

What Classes Will I Take At College of the Desert?

College of the Desert has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement

Students do not have to take a computer class.

Course Required?
2nd Language No
Math false
Science false
Computer No

Reminder: Check with College of the Desert directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.

Majors at College of the Desert

When choosing a major, College of the Desert students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at College of the Desert.

Student Designed Majors

Students must choose one of the majors offered by the college. Self-designed majors are not allowed.

Double Majoring at College of the Desert

College of the Desert offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.

NOTE: Declaring a double major may require more work but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to grad school.

Frequently Asked Questions About College of the Desert

Does College of the Desert Offer Learning Disability Services?

✅ College of the Desert does offer services for students with disabilities.

Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does College of the Desert Offer Online Classes?

✅ College of the Desert has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does College of the Desert Give Credit for AP Classes?

❌ College of the Desert does not offer credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken during high school.

Does College of the Desert Have An Honors Program?

❌ College of the Desert does not offer an honors program or a Freshman Honor College.

Does College of the Desert Require Internships?

❌ College of the Desert studets are not required to complete an internship.

Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While College of the Desert does not require internships for students of any major, internships can help students gain hands-on work experience for their resume, and explore career paths that interest them without committing to one path.

Additional Information About College of the Desert

College of the Desert Library

The main library on campus is the College of the Desert Library.

Dual Degree Programs at College of the Desert

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.

College of the Desert does not have any dual degree programs available for students.


Does College of the Desert have any ROTC programs?

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every university. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

College of the Desert does not have any ROTC programs.

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College of the Desert Majors & Subject Areas

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