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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.


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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4852nd for the average student loan amount.
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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

Information Summary

Ranks 104th in California and 1677th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in California and 72nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 4 0.06

Student Enrollment Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Kentfield, CA 94904-2590
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population11,999 (11,975 urban / 24 rural)
Households5,465 (2.16 people per house)
Median Household Income$82,528
Families3,155 (2.81 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District602

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3973rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,380 $1,380 $7,530
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $40 $40 $40
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $251
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $3,040 $3,040 $9,190
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,004 $21,004 $27,154
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,081 $7,081 $13,231

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,116 $1,416 $1,116 $1,416 $7,056 $7,476
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,620(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $13,673 $14,067
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,897(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,041(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 628th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $82,463 ($83,909 male / $99,968 female)
Number of FT Faculty 107 (40 male / 67 female)
Number of PT Faculty 322
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $6,012,355

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