MiraCosta College

What makes MiraCosta College special...

Friendly Faculty

With an average class size of about 30 to 45, MiraCosta students rave about their professors and the personal attention they receive. Meet some of our faculty here .

Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere, and the feeling that we are all here to help one another. Learn more about the student experience at MiraCosta College here .


MiraCosta's district is coastal North San Diego County; approximately 35 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles south of Los Angeles. Major highway access is Interstate 5 and Highway 78; closest major airport, San Diego Lindbergh.

Beautiful Campuses

MiraCosta College offers students stunning views and unique architecture

The Oceanside Campus offers breathtaking ocean and mountain views from almost anywhere on campus.

The 121-acre facility offers a full spectrum of classes leading to an associate degree, certificate, or transfer.
Get more information about the Oceanside Campus here .

The 42-acre San Elijo Campus offers stunning views of the Batiquitos Lagoon and Wildlife Preserve.

This campus offers a general education credit program and a broad range of noncredit classes and workshops. Get more information about the San Elijo Campus here .

The Community Learning Center (CLC) offers unique architecture right in the heart of downtown Oceanside.

This 7.6-acre urban facility offers both credit and noncredit classes. Get more information about the CLC here .

Welcoming Diversity

Our Diverse student body includes people from a variety of ages, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds.
Students and staff enjoy the friendly atmosphere, and the
feeling that we're all here to help one another.

Transfer Success

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 .

Fast Facts

Average Class Size 30-45
Credit Enrollment 14,500
Noncredit Enrollment 2,479
Credit Enrollment by Gender Female: 57% Male: 43%
Average Age 26

Credit Enrollment by Ethnicity

  • African American
  • American Indian
  • White
  • Hispanic
  • Asian, Alaskan, Pacific Islander
  • Multiple
  • Not Specified


Active Duty Military and Veterans 1,741
Military Dependants 1,031
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


  • Men's and women's basketball
  • Men's and women's soccer
  • Intramural's
  • Surf team that competes in the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA)


  • None on campus, apartments nearby

More About MiraCosta College

Year Founded

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


Francisco Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Popular majors

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Biological sciences
  • Business administration
  • Child development
  • Commercial music
  • Communication
  • English
  • Law enforcement
  • Liberal studies
  • Real estate
  • Nursing
  • Psychology

*View a complete list of majors offered here*

Student Resources

  • Childcare
  • Computer Labs
  • Counseling
  • Disabled Students Programs & Services
  • Extended Opportunity Program and Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Health Services
  • Honors Scholar Program
  • International Honors Society
  • International Students (IIP)
  • Library & Information Hub
  • Scholarships
  • Service Learning
  • Transfer Center
  • Tutoring
  • Veterans Services
  • Wellness Center
  • Writing Center

*View a complete list of student resources here*


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