College of Marin


The College of Marin was founded in 1926. The original campus was located only a few minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Kentfield. In 1985, the college merged with Indian Valley College. This merger added a second campus to the college. The second campus, which spans for an impressive 333 acres in Novato, California, makes it possible for the college to educate more than 10,000 students every semester.


Information Summary

Ranks 82nd in California and 1241st overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 77.0
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $3,409
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 12 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 80% / 45%
Enrollment Total (all students) 5,026


The school’s mission is to promote academic excellence for all members of Marin County. Through personalized educational programs that work with small class sizes, all students are taught in a way that will allow them to reach their fullest potential. College of Marin seeks to form well-rounded individuals, and this is done by educating both the mind and the body; apart from providing workforce education and preparing students for transfers to four-year universities, the college also promotes sports and other recreational activities.

Roughly 10,000 students attend every semester. They all benefit from at least one of the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree programs that the college offers, which range from Art to TechPrep. The college offers more than fifty academic programs through its seventeen academic departments; it also offers 35 two-year vocational/career programs to train students to be successful once they graduate and start their professional lives.

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Admissions are open and non-competitive. In fact, the application process is very simple and only involves five steps. An application form must be completed and after it has been filled and processed, placement tests must be taken by all students so that their skills can be assessed and their courses of study can be configured. After doing this, students are required to meet with an academic counselor, register for classes, and pay enrollment fees.

As long as the applicant has graduated from high school and submits his or her transcripts, no additional documentation should be needed. The college offers fall and spring courses so it is important to apply before the term in which you wish to start studying begins. Fall courses begin in early August and spring courses begin in early January.

Financial Aid

The financial aid office offers three different programs that students in need of financial assistance can turn to. These options are grants and scholarships; work programs; and federal student loans. The federal government gives grants to eligible students. Scholarships take the form of fee waivers that the college gives students based on either academic merit or for sporting exceptional skills.

Work programs and federal student loans are other alternatives that may help students cover their college expenses. Work study and loans are given to those who qualify, but students are encouraged to apply early as funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact the school’s financial aid office for information about important deadlines.

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The athletics department fields several intercollegiate teams, all of which compete in the Bay Valley Conference. The mascot is the Mariner, which is the name of all of the school’s teams.

During the fall, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, women’s basketball, and men’s basketball are available to those interested. During the spring, baseball, track and field (for both men and women), swimming and diving (also for men and women), and softball are offered. If you are interested in being recruited into any of the teams be sure to get in touch with the Athletics and Physical Education Department.


Notable alumni include:

  • Terry Bozzio – musician (worked with Frank Zappa)
  • Robin Williams – Comedian; academy award winning actor
  • Sandra Karpman – cinematographer
  • Prince – singer, musician, actor, and songwriter
  • Pete Caroll – Head coach for the Seattle Seahawks

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