HEUG Spotlight - MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College


MiraCosta College was founded in 1934 in Oceanside, CA. There were 122 students enrolled and 20 faculty members. It was the second community college to be established in San Diego County. Only 16 courses were initially offered and they counted as credit toward advanced standing at the University of California, San Diego.

Over the years, the college’s enrollment has ballooned to nearly 15,000 credit students and an additional 10,000 noncredit and fee-based students. As the student population has grown, so has the campuses. On the Oceanside Campus, in 2013, the college added a new high-tech science laboratory. The building is the first of its kind at a California community college—it can run completely on photovoltaic power generated from the sun. A new science facility at the college’s San Elijo Campus in Cardiff was added in 2014.

A significant percentage of MiraCosta College’s student population is active duty military and veterans, and members of their families. Given the college’s proximity to Camp Pendleton, the needs of active and veteran students are a top priority. The college currently serves more than 1,500 military students and over 1,200 military spouses and children. In response to this, the college has made it a priority to meet the needs of these students and has been named a Military Friendly Institution by Victory Media, a distinction given to the top 15 percent of colleges and universities doing the most to ensure the success of military service members, veterans, and spouses.

What makes MiraCosta College special? 


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