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LIVE, WORK, & PLAY
IN NORTH COUNTY

 EDUCATION, WORK, RECREATION:
A PERFECT BALANCE.

What makes North county special is that it is possible to achieve a fantastic work-life balance in a growing entrepreneurial environment. More than 80% of the graduates of our region’s universities and colleges stay local. Its K-12 school districts are some of the best in the country, annually placing graduates in the Nation’s most selective schools. The rate of job growth in North County over the past 5 years has been greater than the rest of San Diego County, the state or the nation. North County: A Perfect Balance.

North County Colleges & Universities

California State University San Marcos

North County is home to California State University San Marcos, one of the fastest-growing universities in the Cal State system. CSU San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues.

 

  • 17,000 students (Fall 2018)
  • 43 bachelor program majors
  • 24 master’s programs
  • 53% of graduates were the first in their families to earn a Bachelors’ degree
  • 85% of alumni stay in the local community

MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College is a two-year public California Community College serving the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Del Mar. Programs of note include Business Administration, Biomanufacturing, Computer Studies and Information Technology, and Web Development and Design.

 

  • Credit Enrollment: 14,773 students
  • Non-credit Enrollment: 2,479 students
  • Full-time Faculty: 204
  • Classified Staff: 368

MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College is a two-year public California Community College serving the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Del Mar. Programs of note include Business Administration, Biomanufacturing, Computer Studies and Information Technology, and Web Development and Design.

  • Credit Enrollment: 14,773 students
  • Non-credit Enrollment: 2,479 students
  • Full-time Faculty: 204
  • Classified Staff: 368

Palomar College

Palomar College is a public two-year community college. The Palomar campus is located in San Marcos, California, approximately 30 miles north of San Diego.  At Palomar, students may choose from hundreds of associate degree and certificate programs, complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, or enjoy personal enrichment classes for lifelong learning.

 

  • 200+ associate degree and certificate programs
  • 24,496 full-time and part-time students (Fall 2018)

National University

National University is San Diego’s largest private non-profit university with a mission to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners.

 

  • Over 150,000 alumni worldwide
  • 100+ degree programs
  • Articulation Agreements with more than 110 community colleges nationwide

National University

National University is San Diego’s largest private non-profit university with a mission to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners.

 

  • Over 150,000 alumni worldwide
  • 100+ degree programs
  • Articulation Agreements with more than 110 community colleges nationwide

K-12 Schools & Districts

North County has some of the highest-performing school districts in the state of California

North County School Excellence:

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS

CA DISTINGUISHED SCHOOLS

BLUE RIBBON
SCHOOLS

CERTIFICATES OF ACCOMPLISHMENT MIRACOSTA CC’S TCI

Live, Work, & Play In North County

North County offers incredible diversity in recreation, industry, and housing options.

From world-renowned beaches to some of the best craft breweries on the planet to hundreds of miles of trails and thousands of acres of open space, North County provides a world class quality of life. Commute times average less than 20 minutes. Housing is relatively accessible to job centers. Many residents live less than 15 minutes from the beach. What is not to love in San Diego’s Upper Tier.

North County Highlights:

MILES OF PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE COASTLINE

CRAFT BREWERIES AND BREW PUBS

ACRES OF PRESERVED OPEN SPACE

UNIQUE AND OWNER-MANAGED RESTAURANTS

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