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6250 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115-3919
p. 619-265-0107
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Platt College-San Diego

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Located in the heart of one of the most active and vibrant cities of California, Platt College – San Diego has been offering students the opportunity to advance in the fields of media design and visual technology for several decades now. The school actually traces its roots back to the Platt College of the Missouri community of St. Joseph that was founded in 1879, which established this San Diego branch campus in 1980. By 1985 the San Diego institution severed ties with the original school and proceeded to expand under its own auspices, having flourished into the highly relevant and engaging technology school that it is today as a result. Having undergone several expansions in both the fields of academics and campus facilities/size since 1985, Platt College – San Diego is now offering degrees through the bachelor’s level.


The academic accreditation of Platt College – San Diego is given by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology. The academic focus of the school’s programs is almost invariably the media arts with a strong focus on the technological aspects thereof, with the academic level ranging from diplomas to associate and bachelor’s degrees. The four principal programs of study at Platt College – San Diego are: 3D Animation, Web Design, Digital Video Production, and Graphic Design.

All four of the programs lead to either a diploma, a professional development certificate, or a Bachelor of Science degree in the Media Arts, with the corresponding focus of the program. The Graphic Design program is the only one to offer the option of an Associate of Applied Science degree. In each of the programs the school espouses a philosophy that considers it necessary to teach students both traditional techniques as well as the mastery of the latest technological tools and programs, which means that students will not only be able to develop their underlying artistic skills but they will also be able to learn to use some of the latest media arts software available.

Ensuring that students come out well-rounded from their studies at Platt College – San Diego, the school also includes General Education electives and core subjects, which guarantee students will emerge from their highly specialized programs with sufficient knowledge of other academic fields in order to be able to get ahead in life.

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The requirements for entering into a course of studies at Platt College – San Diego are fairly basic, in accordance with the school’s avowed open admissions policy. Essentially, the school only formally requests applicants to possess a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) by the time they will begin classes. The school does, however, recommend that applying students familiarize themselves further with the institution and the programs by having a personal meeting with an admissions representative and furthermore visiting classes and touring the campus prior to enrollment. In such visits, the applicant will not only be able to discover which of the school’s programs best meets their interests and needs but will also get to see actual examples of what students work on, the kind of hi-tech equipment they use and get to chat with faculty.

Financial Aid

As an eligible participant in the federal Department of Education Title IV financial assistance programs, there are many different kinds of financial aid options available to students. The most practical and efficient way to access such aid is to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as early as possible to be able to qualify for the need-based disbursements, which are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Among the kinds of financial aid that Platt College – San Diego students may qualify for are Federal Pell Grants, CAL Grants, Federal Work-Study, Federal PLUS Loans, and so on. There are also limited institutional loans available.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 230th for the average student loan amount.
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There is a fairly impressive rate of graduates from Platt College – San Diego that actually wind up working in their chosen field of training, which is ultimately the best testament to the academic quality of the school. Several alumni have made it pretty big in life, and include: David Schorn, who is currently a senior artist working with gaming giant Neversoft; Favian Beltran, a leading artist at the Walt Disney Company; and Tyler Phillips, who works on character animation at leading studio DreamWorks.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.24
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3,317 0.25
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 38 0.00
Forcible Rape 293 0.02
Robbery 1,456 0.11
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5,840 0.44
Larceny 17,610 1.34
Vehicle theft 6,259 0.48

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near San Diego, CA 92115-3919
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population56,883 (56,883 urban / N/A rural)
Households20,697 (2.54 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,666
Families10,974 (3.18 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Schools of art, music, and design
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemOther academic year
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District653

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1587th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $25,120 $25,120 $25,120
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
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 $25,120 $25,120 $25,120
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $45,700 $45,700 $45,700
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $36,844 $36,844 $36,844

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $23,250(N/C) $23,250(N/C) $23,250(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,870(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 $14,484 $14,616
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,412 $5,544
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $11,376 $11,568

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

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 5 19 44 33 3 94 9 223
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 1 1
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other 1 1
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 3 5 11 20
Graphic Design 2 12 20 12 1 37 7 99
Intermedia/Multimedia 2 5 19 14 2 38 2 87
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant 1 3 4
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design 1 1 4
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 1 1 4 7

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2733rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $56,407 ($58,895 male / $31,769 female)
Number of FT Faculty 11 (8 male / 3 female)
Number of PT Faculty 33
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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