Cal State, Palomar, and Mira Costa are the 3 main college campuses in North County
North County Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary Education
Palomar College is a community college. It's main campus is located in San Marcos. Over 30,000 full time and part time students with over 200 associate degree and certificate programs. Work towards a bachelor's or just take classes for enrichment. One stand out feature of Palomar College is their Planetarium where the public ages 5 and up can watch star shows, for a fee, on Friday nights.
Palomar College has numerous satellites:
Ramona High School
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California State University, San Marcos is 1 of 23 universities in the CSU system of schools. It's a 4 year University with enrollment over 15,000 students. Originally started as a satellite school for San Diego State University in the late 1980's, CSU San Marcos was built on a 304 acre hillside that use to be a poultry farm. It has been growing by leaps and bounds. For Fall 2017, they received over 16,000 applications just from freshman. Starting as a commuter school, CSUSM now has on campus dorms as well as new off campus housing, The Quad. The City of San Marcos is a suburban city of over 80,000. Temperatures are about 10 degrees warmer than the coast. Directly across from CSUSM, is a brand new development called North City that will bring restaurants, residences, businesses, and nightlife.
Mira Costa College is a community college. There is an Oceanside campus and a San Elijo(Cardiff by the Sea) campus. They offer associate degrees and certificates in many fields. In Fall 2017, they will be adding a Bachelors Degree program in Biomanufacturing. In addition to the two main campuses, MCC has a Technology Career Institute in Carlsbad and a Community Learning Center in Oceanside.
MCC is also a place where high schooler's can dual enroll for college credit. HS students may enroll at either main campus or enroll in a Mira Costa College class at Sage Creek High School in Carlsbad.