What Makes MiraCosta College Special?
About our Students
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.
- Credit Enrollment: 14,773
- Noncredit Enrollment: 2,479
- Credit Enrollment by Gender: Female: 57% Male: 43%
- Average Age: 26
- Credit Enrollment by Ethnicity:
- African American: 4%
- White: 45%
- Hispanic: 34%
- Asian, Pacific Islander: 8%
- Multiple: 7%
- Other: 2%
- Active Duty Military/Veterans/Dependents: 1,396
The vision of the MiraCosta College Foundation is to ensure that no one is denied access to education because of financial need and that resources are available to enrich the college experience for all students. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation governed by a volunteer board of community leaders and administered by the Office of Development and College Foundation. Over the past five years, the Foundation has more than doubled contributions to the college, which in turn tripled the number of students who receive scholarships and doubled private resources that support campus programs. One of the Foundation's priorities is the MiraCosta Promise, which will offer a year of college without fees to eligible students. The Promise will also provide funding toward textbooks and instructional supplies to those who commit to the Promise requirements.
Individuals, corporations, and civic groups work with the MiraCosta College Foundation to achieve their philanthropic goals. Many choose to fund scholarships, while others support the enhancement of academic programs and facilities through the President's Circle. Benefactors contribute between $1,000 and $10,000 annually and support a variety of needs at the college, including student scholarships, capital projects, program enhancement grants, and educational equipment. President’s Circle members are invited to meet with MiraCosta’s president to learn about the college and its role in the community and to share their ideas, thereby creating a valuable link between the college and the communities it serves.
Mission & Institutional Goals
The MiraCosta Community College District mission is to provide superior educational opportunities and student-support services to a diverse population of learners with a focus on their success. MiraCosta offers undergraduate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong learning opportunities that strengthen the economic, cultural, social, and educational well-being of the communities it serves.
Goal I. MiraCosta Community College District will become a vanguard educational institution committed to innovation and researched best practices, broad access to higher education, and environmental sustainability.
Goal II. MiraCosta Community College District will become the institution where each student has a high probability of achieving academic success.
Goal III. MiraCosta Community College District will institutionalize effective planning processes through the systematic use of data to make decisions.
Goal IV. MiraCosta Community College District will demonstrate high standards of stewardship and fiscal prudence.
Goal V. MiraCosta Community College District will be a conscientious community partner.
Location& Area Information
The MiraCosta Community College District is located in San Diego County along the Southern California coast, between Orange County to the north and the metropolitan area of San Diego to the south. The district is approximately 35 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles south of Los Angeles. 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. Public school districts served by MiraCosta College include Carlsbad, Cardiff, Del Mar, Encinitas, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, San Dieguito, and Solana Beach. 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.
The San Diego Tourism Authority website describes San Diego's North County as a vast, expansive region known for its pristine beaches, nature 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.
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 country's fastest-growing cities, businesses and families are drawn to North County’s sunny inland valleys and scenic coastal communities.