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About MiraCosta College

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What makes MiraCosta special?

Everything from amazing faculty & staff to campus activities and student life. Read on and get ready - we'll see you on campus soon!

Faculty & Staff is a great place to start.


With an average class size of about 30 to 45, MiraCosta students rave about their professors and
the personal attention they receive. And with no shortage of faculty, almost 900, you're in good hands.

Meet some of our faculty.


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A Diverse Student Body

Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere, and the feeling that we are all here to help one another.
Our diverse student body includes people from a variety of ages, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds.

Need some stats? Visit our At A Glance for a great overiew and breakdown.

Meet some of our students


Active Duty Military/Veterans/Dependents: 1,396 students

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Transfer Success

MiraCosta College students at commencement

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year university get on the right track through TAG, IGETC, UniversityLink, and other transfer programs. MiraCosta College also has one of the highest transfer rates to the University of California out of all of the community colleges in San Diego County. Our students also typically earn higher GPA's than non-transfer students. Learn more about the transfer process here.

Women's Soccer Team


Men's and women's basketball

Men's and women's soccer

Women's sand and indoor volleyball


Surf team - competes in the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA)

MiraCosta Spartans Official Website


While we don't offer on-campus housing, there are many apartment buildings nearby.

Contact student services for referrals.

Student Resources Include...

There are so many student services avaialble to you at MiraCosta College, why, we'd need an entire page just to list them.

Conincidentally (or not), we've done just that.

View All Student Resources

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How much does MiraCosta cost to attend?

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Enrollment Fee for California Residents: $46 unit

Enrollment Fee for Nonresidents: $231 unit

Yearly Fees for California Residents: $1,080

Yearly Fees for Nonresidents: $6,409

MiraCosta College offers financial aid and scholarships. View details here.

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Location & Area Information

What's special about North County San Diego?

The MiraCosta Community College District is located in San Diego County along the Southern California coast, between Orange County to the north (95 miles) and the metropolitan area of San Diego to the south (35 miles). The District includes the cities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, Del Mar, the unincorporated areas of La Costa, Olivenhain, and portions of Carmel Valley and Camp Pendleton Marine Base. 

North San Diego County is nationally known for its exceptional K-12 schools and the plethora of superb higher education choices. Local colleges and universities include Cal State San Marcos, National University, Palomar College, San Diego State University, UCSD and University of San Diego, among others.

 Cardiff Beach

The San Diego Tourism Authority website describes San Diego's North County as a vast, expansive region known for its pristine beaches, natural preserves, and miles of open spaces. From Del Mar to Oceanside, the North County coastline is a string of unique picturesque seaside villages that have a small-town feel.

If you're looking for opportunities for outdoor activities in San Diego, the north region has plenty. From hiking and horseback riding in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking in Carlsbad Lagoon, to biking along historic Highway 101, or sport fishing, whale watching or surfing the coastline from La Jolla through Oceanside, outdoor enthusiasts are sure to be entertained. San Diego's north coastal town of Encinitas was recently named among the best surf towns in the world by National Geographic. 

The North County Coastal region is home to some of San Diego's top attractions, including LEGOLAND California, Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Water Park, the Flower Fields at Carlsbad, and the Del Mar Fairgrounds, host to the Del Mar Fair from mid-June to early July, followed by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Races until early September. There's also the San Diego Botanic Garden for a look at San Diego native flora and fauna, and at the Eastern border of North County, you'll also find the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Las Vegas-style Indian casino gaming and a handful of great wineries and local breweries. Art enthusiasts will love the Oceanside Museum of Art and the LUX Art Institute.

San Diego's North County coastal and inland regions are also a paradise for golfers, with over 40 diverse courses to choose from. Graced by cooling breezes from the Pacific Ocean, the Arnold Palmer-designed Park Hyatt Aviara and Tom Fazio-designed Grand Del Mar golf courses are uniquely sculpted around the natural landscapes and native vegetation.

We're in the middle of it all!

San Diego's North region puts you just an hour from Disneyland yet still close to downtown San Diego where the museums of Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, the Gaslamp Quarter and SeaWorld San Diego are nearby.

North San Diego County is home to eight of the county’s fastest growing cities, businesses and families are drawn to North County’s sunny inland valleys and scenic coastal communities. Additional information about the business environment can be found on the San Diego North Economic Development Council website or on the OceansideCarlsbadEncinitas, or San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce websites. 




Beautiful Campuses

MiraCosta College offers students stunning views and unique architecture. Take a virtual tour of our campuses or request to take a tour in person.


Community Learning Center
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The Community Learning Center (CLC) opened in fall 2000, serves approximately 2,500 students, and is located on 7.6 acres in downtown Oceanside. The CLC hosts a wide variety of noncredit programs, including English as a Second Language, the Adult High School Diploma Program, classes for older adults, health classes, parenting classes, and classes for those who are physically and mentally challenged. The center also houses the Cisco Networking Academy, which prepares students for computer industry certifications. Credit courses that fulfill general education requirements are also offered at this site. The credit courses offered at the CLC are intended to support students’ transition from noncredit to credit enrollment.
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Oceanside Campus
The Oceanside Campus moved to its 121.5-acre site in 1964 and houses a comprehensive public community college offering credit, fee-based, and noncredit courses. In the 2013 academic year, the college offered general education credit courses that applied toward 64 degrees, 46 Certificates of Proficiency and 58 Certificates of Achievement. Some noncredit classes and community services courses are also offered on this campus. Approximately 10,500 students, the majority of the district’s students, attend the Oceanside Campus.
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San Elijo Campus
The San Elijo Campus in Cardiff offers a wide range of credit courses leading to transfer and almost 40 associate degrees and career certificates. Each semester, more than 200 sections are offered on this campus to a student body of more than 3,000 students, with support services in tutoring, counseling, library, and student activities. A rich variety of community services courses are also offered year-round at the San Elijo Campus.
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Technology Career Institute (TCI), Off-Campus Site
MiraCosta College’s Technology Career Institute (TCI) is part of MiraCosta College’s Community Education & Workforce Development department. It offers our local community members the opportunity to enhance their lives and their careers with low-cost, hassle-free classes, workshops and programs. From enrichment classes to job training programs, the TCI provides the types of classes that make it easy for students to reach their goals, no matter what age. All of the programs and classes at the TCI are fee-based and not-for-credit.
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1934 as Oceanside-Carlsbad Junior College, the second community college in San Diego County. The college moved to the current Barnard Drive location in 1964 and changed its name to MiraCosta College shortly thereafter. Learn more about the history of the college.