Palomar College

Palomar College

Palomar College was established in 1946, and is a public college situated in California. The central campus of the college is situated in San Marcos. The college has eight satellite centers. They are situated at:

  • Borrego Springs High School
  • Camp Pendleton
  • Education center, in Escondido
  • Fallbrook High School
  • Mount Carmel High School
  • Poway High School
  • Ramona High School
  • The Pauma Indian Reservation

Academic divisions of the college include:

  • Arts, Media, Business and Computer Systems
  • Career, Technical and Extended Education
  • Languages and Literature
  • Mathematics and The Natural and Health Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

The college mascot is the Comet, and the team colors are silver and scarlet. The college has men's and women's cross country, water polo, swimming, soccer, tennis, volleyball and basketball teams.

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Contacting Palomar College

Palomar College
1140 W. Mission
San Marcos , CA 92069-1487
General Phone: (760) 744-1150

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Palomar College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,099women's studies, minority and gender studies, French language, sign language translation, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, library assistant, ...
Construction Trades194apparel and textile marketing, masonry, carpentry, electrician, building inspector, drywall installation, construction trades
Science139biology, biological and physical sciences, astronomy, chemistry, geology
Business and Management112business, business management, electronic commerce, accounting, small business management, international business, insurance, retail, sales ...
Security and Law Enforcement88forensic science, criminal justice and police, security and loss prevention, fire-fighting
Computer Science and Engineering65information technology, computer programming, web design, database administration, computer graphics, computer networking, system administration, webmastering
Nursing and Emergency Medicine63EMT paramedic, registered nursing
Engineering Technician63electromechanical tech, HVAC tech, water quality and recycling tech, hazardous materials tech, surveying tech, drafting, architectural drafting, electrical drafting
Media57journalism, broadcast journalism, radio and television, digital communications, public relations, advertising, graphic communications, desktop publishing and imaging, animation and special effects ...
Medical Support and Technology47dental assistant, medical assistant, optometric tech
Family and Social Work41family and consumer science, foodservice management, child development, public administration
Mechanics and Repair32electrical installation and repair, computer repair, industrial electronics tech, autobody repair, automobile mechanics, diesel mechanics
Production Trades32upholsterer, sheet metal tech, welding, cabinetmaking
Therapy and Counseling28psychology, substance abuse counseling
Design20design and visual communication, fashion design, interior design, graphic design
Engineering14engineering, archeology
Office and Administration13data entry, administrative assistant
Real Estate and Construction Management12real estate
Law12legal studies, legal secretary, legal assistant
Transportation10commercial pilot and flight crew, aviation operations
Photography and Commercial Art9commercial art, commercial photography, film studies, drawing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy8parks and recreation studies, parks and recreation management, health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Drama and Performing Arts4dance, drama, theatre design, various performing arts
Art Studies1art studies
Cooking and Culinary Arts1culinary arts
Medical Administration0medical secretary
Fine Arts0sculpture, ceramics, metal and jewelry

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree1,48898
Award of less than 1 academic year26643
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years091
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years42139

Palomar College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Palomar College had a total enrollment of 27,222 students (16,354 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 51%
Black 4%
Hispanic 26%
Asian 9%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 6%
18-19 25%
20-21 17%
22-24 14%
25-29 12%
30-34 6%
35-39 4%
40-49 8%
50-64 6%
65+ 2%

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

State unknown6%

Palomar College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 69 %
Part-Time 38 %

Palomar College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of San Marcos, 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.

Palomar College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 605
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 5,617
Books and supplies $ 1,564

Financial Aid:
Palomar College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 126000)

Palomar College Faculty

Palomar College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3736

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year9$94,44218$100,278
All faculty totalcalendar year9$94,44218$100,278

*: 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 year141$91,785118$90,575
All faculty totalacademic year141$91,785118$90,575

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

Palomar College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Retailing and Retail Operations
Selling Skills and Sales Operations
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Graphics
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
Information Technology
System Administration/Administrator
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector
Construction Trades, Other
Drywall Installation/Drywaller

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General

Design and Visual Communications, General
Fashion/Apparel Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design

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

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Electrical/Electronics Drafting and Electrical/Elect CAD/CADD
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Tech
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician
Heating/AC/Refrigeration Technology/Technician
Surveying Technology/Surveying
Water Quality & Wastewater Treatment Mgmt & Recycling Tech

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
Public Administration

Fine Arts
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Metal and Jewelry Arts

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
Geography, Other
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Assistant/Technician
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
Social Sciences, General
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Broadcast Journalism
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Graphic Communications, General
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Optometric Technician/Assistant

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

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

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial Photography
Commercial and Advertising Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Production Trades
Cabinetmaking and Millwork/Millwright
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking
Welding Technology/Welder

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

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

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Forensic Science and Technology
Security and Loss Prevention Services

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

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checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
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checked Remedial classes for students
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