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California State University

37500 Cook St
Palm Desert
(760) 341-2883

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 Coachella Valley students locally with programs that met local 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.


A Campus For You

Whether you're looking to enhance your professional skills or complete one of our many degree, credential or certificate programs, you'll find everything you need at the Palm Desert Campus. Our commitment to quality and small class size allow us to provide an educational experience that is enriching, as well as convenient.

Like our parent campus in San Bernardino, our schedule operates on the quarter system (Fall, Winter and Spring) which means courses are typically 11 weeks long. We also offer summer term.

For more information about our campus, specific program, or admissions, please send a request for information to: 37500 Cook Street Palm Desert, CA 92211 or call (760) 341-2883. To directly apply for admissions, to go You can also watch this admissions video to learn more about PDC.

As a satellite campus of CSUSB, students can take advantage of resources at the main campus in San Bernardino, as well as the Palm Desert Campus. We also offer a variety of weekday, evening and Saturday courses. When you combine these components with our commitment to providing first-rate education, the result is a comfortable student environment conducive to learning.

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37500 Cook Street
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Academic degree-completion programs available at CSUSB's Palm Desert Campus

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Certificate Programs

Credential Programs

Graduate Programs

Majors & Programs

The Palm Desert Campus of CSUSB offers a number of outstanding academic programs, and our aim is to give our Coachella Valley students ready access to courses through scheduling at convenient evening and weekend times, and by offering many courses in an online mode. We offer 10 Bachelor's degree programs and 10 Master's degree or Credential programs. At the attractive new campus for California State University, San Bernardino we work closely with our academic departments to ensure our classes are offered to place students' success first.

At Palm Desert Campus you will enjoy a variety of approaches to learning. For instance, approximately 15% of our courses are distance learning classes. This means that classes are joined through interactive closed circuit television between San Bernardino and Palm Desert, allowing students at either location to learn and participate in class without the hassle of a long commute. We also offer online classes where students communicate with the instructor and other students learning in a digital, online format. While Palm Desert embraces these instructional technologies, traditional, face-to-face instruction dominates and makes for a comfortable small campus atmosphere where close interactions between and among faculty and students is the norm.

Take a close look at the various undergraduate, graduate, and credential programs listed on the left hand side of this page. You are sure to find programs that interest you and that fit your career goals. If you have questions about our undergraduate degrees, please contact Ruth Howell or (760) 341-2883 ext. 78110. For the graduate and credential programs, please contact Alice Pedersen with Palm Desert Campus College of Education Office at (760) 341-2883 ext. 78109 or (909) 537-8109

We hope you choose your very own local university, California State University, San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus where you will study at one of the great university systems in a convenient atmosphere with a small college feel!

Finally, with a hope that all education seekers succeed in their chosen discipline, academic regalia and customs links written by Eugene Sullivan on the American Council on Education website are provided for your review. Obtaining a degree is exciting and graduation is a big event. Congratulations to all that pursue such an endeavor ( Academic Regalia , Academic Costume and Code , Academic Ceremony Guide , Historical Overview of the Academic Costume Code ).

University of California, Riverside

75080 Frank Sinatra Dr
Palm Desert
(760) 834-0800

UCR Palm Desert expands the reach of University of California, Riverside into one of the fastest growing regions of California. Established as a teaching and research center, UCR Palm Desert is a catalyst for diversification of the inland desert region by providing relevant regional research, offering innovative graduate programs that attract and retain world class talent to the region, convening and creating partnerships that advance the public good, and impacting the cultural life of the community.

College of the Desert

43-500 Monterey Ave
Palm Desert
(760) 346-8041

College of the Desert is one of over 112 community colleges in California and a vital part of the world's largest system of higher education. The governing body of College of the Desert is the Desert Community College District, which has five elected members on its Board of Trustees and a Student Trustee elected by the Student Body. The college was founded in 1958 and opened its doors for the first time in September 1962. The current average student enrollment each semester is approximately 10,000. As a two-year college, COD offers transfer students an affordable option for starting college and transferring to a four-year institution. College of the Desert is the number one source of transfer students to California State University at San Bernardino. COD also offers a number of popular vocational and technical programs, including Nursing and Health Sciences, Digital Design and Production, Turf Grass Management & Ornamental Horticulture, Advanced Transportation Technologies, Culinary Arts , and a full range of Administration of Justice courses at the Public Safety Academy training facility.

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Location: Cravens Student Services Center, 2nd Floor

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

Special Hours: Friday 8/23, 8/30, 9/6, 9/13
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Contact: 760-773-2516





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