About PDC


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 on the College of the Desert campus. 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 your 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. Come here. go anywhere!

Welcome,

Dr. Sharon Brown-Welty
Dean, CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

Mission statement

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.

Student Profile

As of Fall 2015

Number of Students

  • 1400

Post Baccalaureate and Graduate Students

  • 12.9%

Undergraduate Students

  • 87.1%

Gender (Undergraduate)

  • 68.1% Female
  • 31.9% Male

Gender (Graduate)

  • 66% Female
  • 34% Male

Ethnicity (Undergraduate)

  • Hispanic or Latino 62.7%
  • White 17.6%
  • Unknown 6.2%
  • Asian 3.6%
  • African American 2.7%
  • Two or More Races 1.8%
  • Non-Resident 5.6%
  • American Indian 0.3%
  • Pacific Islander 0.0%

Ethnicity (Graduate, Post-Bachelor's, Credential)

  • White 30.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino 34.7%
  • Unknown 18.7%
  • African American 2.7%
  • Two or More Races 2.7%
  • Asian 5.3%
  • American Indian 0.7%
  • Pacific Islander 0.0%
  • Non-Resident 5.3%

Students Working

  • 58% Employed (2015-16 Commencement Survey)

Average Age- Undergraduate

  • 25 years old

Median Age- Undergraduate

  • 23 years old

Average Age-Post Baccalaureate and Graduate Student

  • 36 years old

Median Age-Post Baccalaureate and Graduate Student

  • 33 years old

Alumni

  • 3,200

Academic Programs

Bachelor's Degree Programs

  • Accounting
  • Art: Graphic Design and Marketing
  • Career and Technical Studies
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • History
  • Liberal Studies
  • Management
  • Nursing Programs (BSN and RN to BSN)
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences

Certificate Programs

  • e-Learning
  • Mathematics Subject Matter Authorization
  • ESOL
  • Reading and Language Arts

Credential Programs

  • Adult Education
  • Designated Subjects: Career and Technical Education
  • Education Administration - Tier 1
  • Multiple Subject
  • Pupil Personnel Services: School Counseling
  • Reading and Language Arts Specialist
  • Special Education (Mild and Moderate)
  • Single Subject

Graduate Programs

  • Master's in Accountancy
  • Master's in Education
    • Career and Technical Education
    • Counseling and Guidance
    • Educational Administration
    • Education Leadership (doctorate)
    • Instructional Technology
    • Reading/Language Arts
    • Special Education
    • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Master's in Public Administration
  • Master's in Social Work
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership

Largest Undergraduate Majors

(listed from most popular)

  • Psychology
  • Nursing (BSN and RN to BSN)
  • Liberal Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Business: Management
  • Business: Accounting
  • History

City of Student Residence (Undergraduate)

  • Bermuda Dunes 1.1%
  • Cathedral City 9%
  • Coachella 14.3%
  • Desert Hot Springs 6.3%
  • Hemet 1.1%
  • Indio 18.3%
  • La Quinta 6.8%
  • Mecca 2.7%
  • Moreno Valley 1%
  • Palm Desert 9.5%
  • Palm Springs 4.8%
  • Rancho Mirage 2.6%
  • San Bernardino 1.7%
  • Thermal 3.3%
  • Thousand Palms 1.1%
  • Yucca Valley 2.2%

City of Student Residence (Graduate)

  • Banning 2.7%
  • Beaumont 2%
  • Bermuda Dunes 2%
  • Cathedral City 7.3%
  • Coachella 4.7%
  • Desert Hot Springs 2.7%
  • Hemet 2.7%
  • Indio 12.7%
  • La Quinta 4.7%
  • Moreno Valley 2%
  • Palm Desert12.7%
  • Palm Springs 5.3%
  • Rancho Mirage 2%
  • Riverside 2.7%
  • Yucca Valley 2.7%