2021 Student Population

A total of 10,932 students have enrolled at College of the Desert (all undergraduate).
By gender, 4,401 male and 6,531 female students are attending the school. By attendance status, there are 4,197 full-time students and 6,735 part-time students.
The number of students at College of the Desert is average compared to Public, 2-4 Years Colleges in California. Compared to similar schools in rankings such as American River College and Antelope Valley College, its population is small (average population is 17,663).
College of the Desert offers online degree/certificate programs and 10,522 students enrolled in online programs.

Enrollment Chart

Enrollment by Gender/Attending Status

By gender, there are 4,401 male and 6,531 female students attending the school. The male-to-female ratio is 0.67 to 1 and the ratio is average (the average male-to-female ratio over all U.S. colleges is 0.75 to 1).
The following table and chart show the student population by gender and attending status.

Gender Distribution Table

Population by Gender/Attending Status at

Gedner Distribution Chart

Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

By race/ethnicity, there are 8,066 Hispanic students (73.78%) and 1,721 White students (15.74%) at College of the Desert(top 2 most races/ethnicities). The following table summarizes the population diversity by race at College of the Desert.

Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity Table

Population by Race/Ethnicity at College of the Desert
American Indian or Alaska Native361719
Black or African American257107150
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander826
Two or More Races324144180
Race/Ethnicity Unknown1105753
Total 10,9324,4016,531

Race/Ethnicity Distribution Chart

Enrollment by Student Age

By age, there are 7,492 students whose age under twenty five and 2,028 students whose age is over thirty years old at College of the Desert.
Especially, 948 students are younger than eighteen and 38 students are older than sixty five.
The following table and chart show the student population by student age at College of the Desert.

Enrollment by Student Age Table

Population by Student Age at College of the Desert
Total10,932 4,4016,531
Under 18948 444504
18-193,346 1,4851,861
20-211,846 7901,056
22-241,352 558794
25-291,412 495917
30-34785 238547
35-39452 126326
40-49455 139316
50-64298 111187
65 and over38 1523
Total 10,932 4,4016,531

Student Age Distribution Chart

Online Student Population

At College of the Desert, 10,909 students (99.79% of total enrollment) take online classes to get their degrees. Among them, 10,522 students enrolled exclusively in online classes (i.e. no off-line attendance required) and others are taking online courses with off-line courses. The following tables describe the number of students who enrolled in one or more online courses.
By location of enrolled students, 10,403 students live in California where College of the Desert is located in and 31 students have enrolled from other states.

Online Enrollment Table

Enrollment TypeStudent Location
Online Student Population
Number of Students
Enrolled Exclusively in Online Classes10,522
Enrolled Some in Online Classes387
Not Enrolled in Online Classes23
Online Student Population by Student Location
Number of Students
Total (Enrolled Excl.)10,522
California Residents10,403
Other State in U.S.31
Outside of U.S.77

Online Enrollment Chart