Over thirty years ago, Coachella Valley civic leaders began to call for a local public four-year college. The group's efforts led to California State University, San Bernardino establishing a branch campus at College of the Desert in 1986. In 2002, we moved to our permanent location on Cook Street. From the beginning our efforts were to serve local Coachella Valley students with programs that met Coachella Valley needs. At the Palm Desert Campus we offer our students the resources of a large, comprehensive university through the San Bernardino Campus, and at the same time, the supportive environment of a small campus with small classes and more opportunities for contact with instructional faculty. The faculty and staff at 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 opportunity to fulfill their dream of a higher education.
The CSUSB Palm Desert Campus offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a doctorate in educational leadership, and teacher credentials and certificates. With more than 1,400 students, it is the Coachella Valley’s four-year public university and plays a vital role in educating and training the region’s growing population.
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.