Over twenty-five years ago, Coachella Valley civic leaders began to call for a local public four-year college. The group's efforts lead to California State University, San Bernardino establishing a branch campus at College of the Desert. From the beginning our efforts were to serve local Coachella Valley students with programs that met Coachella Valley needs. In 2002, we moved to our permanent location on Cook Street. We offer our students the resources of a large, comprehensive university through the San Bernardino Campus. At the same time, the Palm Desert Campus offers the supportive environment of a small campus with small classes and more opportunities for contact with instructional faculty. The faculty and staff of the Palm Desert Campus are committed to student success, committed to serving the Coachella Valley and committed to maintaining an environment on campus that honors diversity and provides all students the opportunities to fulfill their dreams of a higher education.
The Palm Desert Campus will be a community of scholars committed to the teaching-learning process which values diversity, emphasizes quality, and commits to serving the region. It will reach out to students through face-to-face classrooms, distributed learning, and online programs. It will continue to seek collaborative partnerships to integrate educational, cultural, social, technological, and economic life with the region. It will strive to meet critical regional and state needs and provide responsible and creative leadership for the future.