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    State of the College

    State of the College


    State of the College

    Change happens from the moment a student walks on campus and into the classroom to begin interacting with faculty, staff and fellow students. Last year, the signs of change were everywhere you looked on campus.

    Highlights &Changes

    The past school year, College of the Desert added new classes, programs and services, welcomed new faculty and opened new and expanded campus locations all to better serve our students and community.

    COD announced the plEDGE Program will guarantee two years tuition free for the Class of 2018

    The college dedicated the telescopes and observatory at the Mecca/Thermal campus. The observatory will benefit students in astronomy and STEM disciplines both in person and remotely in classrooms at all COD campuses.

    60 Years Changing Lives! We Are COD!


    Our story started before 1958. When the early desert communities of the Coachella Valley came together to bring a dream of a higher education locally to reality. And in 1958, the communities almost unanimous 9 to 1 vote established the Desert Community College District and with it the creation of a two-year community college - College of the Desert. By the community. For the community. Here's a glimpse of the College's time in the desert.