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San Diego, CA 92126-2999
p. 619-388-7800
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San Diego Miramar College

San Diego Miramar College Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes)

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San Diego Miramar College is located on a 120-acre campus just outside San Diego, CA. It originally opened its doors in 1969 as a firefighter and law enforcement personnel training facility. As a result, Miramar College is home to the Advanced Transportation and Energy Center, the Southern California Biotechnology Center, and the San Diego Regional Public Safety Institute. In addition to firefighters and law enforcement officers, SDMC also trains EMTs and offers the only open-water lifeguard degree in the world.

San Diego Miramar College’s mission is to “prepare students to succeed in a changing world within an environment that values excellence in learning, teaching, innovation, and diversity.” Miramar College is inviting and accessible to students of all ages, backgrounds, and aspirations. It is the hub of diversity, recreation, services to the community, and a rich education to all who step on campus everyday.


Students at San Diego Miramar College can earn associate degrees or career training certificates. Comprehensive transfer programs are also available for students wishing to eventually enroll at the University of California, California State University, or any four-year private institution.

At San Diego Miramar College, an Associate in Arts degree is awarded in the humanities, arts, social sciences and other similar disciplines. Associate in Science degrees are awarded in engineering, biological and physical sciences, as well as other occupational curricula.

One unique offering that SDMC has for students is the Basic Skills Institute. This program was designed because Miramar College officials recognize that many community college students need pre-collegiate Math and/or English skill development. As a result, SDMC provides students with support, partnered with all the California Community Colleges, to make sure students have access to programs, services, and appropriate classes to help them succeed in their educational endeavors. As part of the Basic Skills Initiative, students benefit from:

  • Online tutoring
  • Supplemental instruction for math students
  • An ESOL/English lab
  • Instructional Assistants for ESOL/English students
  • Child Development course tutoring
  • Counseling

Tutoring services can also be found at SDMC’s The PLACe. At The PLACe, students are able to study on their own in a quiet environment, work with a tutor, hone their study skills, or use their computers and/or wireless services. This personal learning assistance center is designed to provide quality academic services without any judgment. They “believe that all students who walk into The PLACe are unique and deserve to have their learning goals identified, to receive an understandable plan for improvement that is adapted to the student’s learning needs as well as timely feedback of academic growth.”

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San Diego Miramar College is open to anyone who meets certain criteria and would like to pursue their education beyond high school or a GED. Hence, prospective students are required to have either a GED score or high school diploma before they can gain entrance to college. High school students may participate in dual enrollment courses and can be admitted as special part-time students. Transfer students must submit a transcript from their previous institution of higher education.

An electronic application form can be found online if students are interested in attending San Diego Miramar College. Math and English placement tests are recommended prior to enrollment in any courses in those subject areas. It is also important for students to “attend” orientation online. There is a short quiz and results will be forwarded to the counseling office.

Financial Aid

All financial aid students at San Diego Miramar College need to apply through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The form is available online. Prospective students applying for assistance have the opportunity to apply for local, state, and federal grants, scholarships, and loans. In addition, students also have the option of working through the Federal Work Study Program. Applications are available for those interested, beginning on January 1st for the following school year. Officials at SDMC encourage prospective students to apply for financial aid even if they have not yet heard about acceptance into the academic program. This results in SDMC having immediate access to FAFSA information, expediting the process.

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The San Diego Miramar College Student Affairs Office offers a smorgasbord of services designed to engage students in co-curricular activities.

Students looking to build leadership skills and experiences can join the Associated Students, a student government organization. The AS helps students gain confidence in their leadership skills and provide a governing voice for students. They recommend policies and procedures to college officials.

There are also a number of student clubs and organizations that invite students to participate in, ranging from special interest groups to sports. A popular organization for prospective journalists to join is the award-winning student newspaper: The Sage.

Although new clubs and organizations are always encouraged, the long-standing ones include:

  • Asian American Student Association
  • Child Development Professionals
  • EOPS
  • Filipino American Student Association
  • Food & Culture Club
  • Miramar USTA Club
  • Parent Student Advisory Board
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • San Diego Miramar College Paralegal Group
  • Science Club
  • Student Veteran Organization

Student Enrollment Demographics


Students at San Diego Miramar College focus on four competitive sports. Men are able to participate in basketball and water polo. Women at SDMC compete alongside the men in water polo but are also able to play soccer as well.

SDMC has a few state-of-the-art facilities for students and community members to enjoy and take advantage of throughout the day. There is the Field House and Fitness Center, which features a full gym filled with every machine an athlete would ever dream of. There is also the Ned Baumer Aquatic Center, home for both water polo teams. Pool use is free to students and staff, however, community members can also enjoy swimming lessons or a quick soak for a nominal fee.


  • McGrath, Anne, ed. U.S. News & World Report: Ultimate College Guide. Washington: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2011. Print.
  • Miramar College Athletics. Miramar Athletics. n.d. Web. 27 July, 2011.
  • San Diego Miramar College. San Diego Miramar College. n.d. Web. 20 July, 2011

Information Summary

Ranks 227th in California and 2457th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.02
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 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 6 0.05
Arrest 3 0.02

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

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near San Diego, CA 92126-2999
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population74,222 (74,219 urban / 3 rural)
Households22,690 (3.07 people per house)
Median Household Income$60,229
Families16,804 (3.49 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

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

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District652

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4293rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,104 $1,104 $5,664
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $38 $38 $38
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $236
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 $2,852 $2,852 $7,412
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,287 $18,287 $22,847
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,127 $7,127 $11,687

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $898 $1,140 $898 $1,140 $5,290 $5,532
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,665
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,863 $10,962
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,059 $4,158
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,059 $4,275

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 34 213 263 9 407 78 1,065
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 2 2
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 2 2 2 6
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 1 3 8 2 14
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician 1 6 1 1 15 2 27
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 3 2 2 9
Art/Art Studies, General 3 3 5 12
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 3 24 30 13 6 77
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations 6 1 3 1 11
Banking and Financial Support Services 3 2 1 6
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 11 40 20 2 78
Biomedical Technology/Technician 1 1
Business Administration and Management, General 4 8 19 28 2 43 11 115
Chemistry, General 3 12 1 4 3 23
Child Care Provider/Assistant 2 9 14 42 2 70
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 3 3 16 5 3 31
Criminal Justice/Police Science 2 17 11 1 25 4 63
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 10 5 7 26
Drawing 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 1 2 5 9
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 5 21 13 1 65 6 116
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
Forensic Science and Technology 5 2 1 6 1 15
Geology/Earth Science, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 2 4 3 10
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician 5 1 7 1 14
History, General 2 2
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 3 6 1 10
Information Technology 2 1 4 11
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2 22 4 24 4 60
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 5 3 1 11
Mathematics, General 1 14 3 1 21
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music, General 1
Physical Fitness Technician 1 2 2 9 1 18
Physics, General 2 5 1 9
Pre-Engineering 1 2 2 5
Psychology, General 1 4 10 12 4 33
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 2 2
Social Sciences, General 3 20 29 2 50 10 124
Sociology 1 3 3 8
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 4 5 1 14

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3758th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $47,184 ($45,859 male / $65,752 female)
Number of FT Faculty 99 (59 male / 40 female)
Number of PT Faculty 343
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $2,902,679

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