MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College

Miracosta College is located in San Diego County, California and was founded in 1934. It is a public community college, and has another campus located in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The college also has a community learning center situated in Oceanside.

The college serves more than 9,000 undergraduates and employs over 400 full-time staff. Miracosta College offers associate degrees and more than 50 different certificate programs. The Adult Learning Center of Miracosta was opened in 1992.

Miracosta College's team colors are white and red, and its nickname is the Spartans. The college has women's soccer teams and men's basketball teams. Actor Adam Brody and Kevin Towers, general manager of San Diego Padres are among the notable graduates of this college.

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MiraCosta College
One Barnard Drive
Oceanside , CA 92056-3899
General Phone: (760) 757-2121

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MiraCosta College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts399American studies, area studies, minority and gender studies, Japanese language, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine91registered nursing, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant, home health aide
Business and Management81business, business management, electronic commerce, accounting, small business management, taxation, sales and marketing, retail
Family and Social Work80adult development and aging, child development, human services, social service professions
Beauty and Cosmetology53cosmetology
Mechanics and Repair51automobile mechanics
Office and Administration40data entry, office management, administrative assistant
Real Estate and Construction Management30real estate
Music19music, music management
Landscaping and Horticulture16applied horticulture, landscaping, plant nursery, turf management, floristry
Science and Laboratory Technician16biology tech
Medical Support and Technology13health service and sciences, medical assistant, surgical tech, phlebotomy
Hospitality13hospitality management, travel services
Engineering Technician12hazardous materials tech, drafting, mechanical drafting
Computer Science and Engineering11computer programming, computer science, web design, computer networking, system administration, webmastering, computer support
Architecture and Planning11landscape architecture, architectural tech
Media9digital communications, desktop publishing and imaging
Security and Law Enforcement8criminal justice and police
Drama and Performing Arts4dance, drama, theatre design
Art Studies3visual and performing arts, art studies
Education and Teaching3early childhood special ed, health teaching
Agricultural Science and Management3agricultural operations, various agricultural courses, various agricutural courses
Cooking and Culinary Arts2restaurant and catering management
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy1health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Law1legal studies
Medicine0medical preparatory
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental science
Science0biology, biological and physical sciences, physical sciences, astronomy, chemistry, geology, physics
Religion and Philosophy0philosophy
Therapy and Counseling0psychology, psychology courses, physical therapist assistant
Medical Administration0medical secretary

Number of programs and degrees for MiraCosta College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year36538
Associate's degree47679
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years056
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years12913

MiraCosta College Student Body

In 2007-2008, MiraCosta College had a total enrollment of 10,682 students (7,264 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 53%
Black 4%
Hispanic 21%
Asian 9%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 6%
18-19 24%
20-21 18%
22-24 15%
25-29 13%
30-34 6%
35-39 4%
40-49 7%
50-64 6%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown10%

MiraCosta College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 64 %
Part-Time 39 %

MiraCosta College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Oceanside, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

MiraCosta College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 524
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 4,868
Books and supplies $ 1,566

Financial Aid:
MiraCosta College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 123900)

MiraCosta College Faculty

MiraCosta College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year8$134,90925$126,638
All faculty totalcalendar year8$134,90925$126,638

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year62$114,57562$112,158
All faculty totalacademic year62$114,57562$112,158

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

MiraCosta College Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Production Operations, Other
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other

Architecture And Planning
Architectural Technology/Technician
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Retailing and Retail Operations
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
System Administration/Administrator
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms
Health Teacher Education

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD

Family And Social Work
Adult Development and Aging
Child Development
Human Services, General
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other

Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Plant Nursery Operations and Management
Turf and Turfgrass Management

Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Area Studies, Other
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Japanese Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Surgical Technology/Technologist

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other

Music Management and Merchandising
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Home Health Aide/Home Attendant
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General
Office Management and Supervision

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Science And Laboratory Technician
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapist Assistant
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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