Palomar College (120971)

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$1,288
2022 Average Net Price
$8,476
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
5.33%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
17,655
31.4% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
31%
750 Graduates

About

Palomar College (120971) is a higher education institution located in San Diego County, CA. In 2022, the most popular 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate concentrations at Palomar College (120971) were Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,253 degrees awarded), Electrician (101 degrees), and Fire Science & Fire-Fighting (73 degrees).

In 2022, 4,854 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Palomar College (120971). 53.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 46.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (2,283 degrees), 1.38 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (1,656 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Palomar College (120971) is $1,288, which is $−6,824 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Palomar College (120971) is $1,288, which is $−6,824 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $8,476.

In 2022, 48% of undergraduate students attending Palomar College (120971) received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 1% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$1,288
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Palomar College (120971) was $1,288. The cost of tuition at Palomar College (120971) is $−6,824 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$8,476
2022 Value
27.3%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Palomar College (120971) had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $8,476. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Palomar College (120971) grew by 27.3%.

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Other Student Expenses

$22,176
Room and Board
$1,126
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Palomar College (120971) was of $22,176 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 33.8% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,126. The cost of books and supplies increased by 4.26% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

48%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
1%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

48% of undergraduate students at Palomar College (120971) received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2021, when 48% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
5.33%
2019 Default Rate
9
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Palomar College (120971) was 5.33%, which represents 9 out of the 169 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Palomar College (120971) had a total enrollment of 17,655 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Palomar College (120971) is 5,541 students and the part-time enrollment is 12,114. This means that 31.4% of students enrolled at Palomar College (120971) are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Palomar College (120971), both undergraduate and graduate, is 48.3% Hispanic or Latino, 33.7% White, 6.34% Asian, 6.28% Two or More Races, 2.71% Black or African American, 0.578% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.385% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Palomar College (120971) in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (25.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (23.7%) and White Male (18%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

31.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Palomar College (120971) in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 17,655 students. The full-time enrollment at Palomar College (120971) is 5,541 and the part-time enrollment is 12,114. This means that 31.4% of students enrolled at Palomar College (120971) are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

66%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Palomar College (120971) was 66%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Palomar College (120971) had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    8,531 enrolled students
  2. White
    5,943 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    1,119 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Palomar College (120971) is 48.3% Hispanic or Latino, 33.7% White, 6.34% Asian, 6.28% Two or More Races, 2.71% Black or African American, 0.578% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.385% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 232 students (1.31%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 364 more women than men received degrees from Palomar College (120971). The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Palomar College (120971) is hispanic or latino (2,283 degrees awarded). There were 1.38 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (1656 degrees).

The most common 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate concentration at Palomar College (120971) is Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,253 degrees awarded), followed by Electrician (101 degrees) and Fire Science & Fire-Fighting (73 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Palomar College (120971), meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Language & Linguistics (133 degrees awarded), Construction (162 degrees), and Social Sciences (577 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Palomar College (120971) are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (335,017 people), Other managers (258,528 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (217,984 people), Postsecondary teachers (125,806 people), and Chief executives & legislators (121,094 people).

The most specialized majors at Palomar College (120971) in 2022 are Language & Linguistics (133 degrees awarded), Construction (162 degrees), Social Sciences (577 degrees), Human Sciences (156 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,435 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Palomar College (120971) are Surgeons, Skincare specialists, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Palomar College (120971) are Language & Linguistics (133 degrees awarded), Construction (162 degrees), Social Sciences (577 degrees), Human Sciences (156 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,435 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Palomar College (120971) are Elementary & secondary schools (491,423 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (289,669 people), Legal services (270,507 people), Computer Systems Design (189,756 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (183,020 people).

The most specialized majors at Palomar College (120971) are Language & Linguistics (133 degrees awarded), Construction (162 degrees), Social Sciences (577 degrees), Human Sciences (156 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,435 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Palomar College (120971).
Most Common (2022)
  1. 413 degrees awarded
  2. 292 degrees awarded
  3. 189 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Palomar College (120971) was General Social Sciences with 413 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,245
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
2,609
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 2,245 degrees were awarded to men at Palomar College (120971), which is 0.86 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,609).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 497 degrees were awarded to men at Palomar College (120971) in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.617 times less than the 805 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 805 degrees were awarded to men at Palomar College (120971) in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.62 times more than the 497 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

14%
100% Completion Time
29%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 14% of students graduating from Palomar College (120971) completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 29% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 35% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (45.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Palomar College (120971) is Female and Asian (45.8% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.53% of graduates (19 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    2,283 degrees awarded
  2. White
    1,656 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    329 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Palomar College (120971) is hispanic or latino (2,283 degrees awarded). There were 1.38 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (1656 degrees).

2.18% of degree recipients (106 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1,341 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Male
    942 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    870 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Palomar College (120971) is hispanic or latino female (1,341 degrees awarded). There were 1.42 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino male (942 degrees).

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Operations

Palomar College (120971) has an endowment valued at nearly $19M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−28.4%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, Palomar College (120971) had a total salary expenditure of 230M. Palomar College (120971) employs 276 Instructors. Most academics at Palomar College (120971) are Female Instructor (147), and Male Instructor (129).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Palomar College (120971) are: Office and Administrative Support, with 120 employees, Service, with 83 employees, and Management with 58 employees.

Endowment

$19M
2022 Endowment
81.4%
growth from 2021

Palomar College (120971) has an endowment valued at about $19M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Palomar College (120971) grew 81.4% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $13.8M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $23M - Federal
  2. $28.7M - State
  3. $1.94M - Local

As of 2022, Palomar College (120971) received $23M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $28.7M from state grants and contracts, and $1.94M from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$95.6M
2022 Salaries
13.6%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Palomar College (120971) paid a median of $95.6M in salaries, which represents 41.6% of their overall expenditure ($230M) and a 13.6% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$34.1M
Instructional Salaries
276
Number of Employees

In 2022, Palomar College (120971) paid a total of $34.1M to 276 employees working as instructors, which represents 35.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
276 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
120 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Palomar College (120971) was Instructor with 276 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Palomar College (120971) were Office and Administrative Support with 120 employees, Service with 83 employees, and Management with 58 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Palomar College (120971) was Female Instructor with 147 employees, and Male Instructor with 129 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Palomar College (120971).

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