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Education plays an important role in the world of work. It empowers individuals, transforms communities, and fuels progress for all.

North County At a Glance


cities + unincorporated communities




of the county’s population


Bachelor’s Degree or higher


jobs provided


patents added from investors in 2016

North County Education

Cal State University of San Marcos

Building on an innovative 30-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution. They are dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities, and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos, the University is just a short distance from some of Southern California’s best beaches and only an hour from the U.S.-Mexico border. CSUSM enrollment is over 16,000 and the university is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Palomar Community College

Palomar College respects each of their students’ experiences and supports them to achieve academic success. As a community college, they encourage their students to embrace the best version of themselves and prepare them to engage with local and global communities. Beautiful, state-of-the-art campus and education centers, robust sports teams, and a welcoming community are simply bonuses when it comes to why students choose Palomar.

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MiraCosta Community College

MiraCosta College believes that education extends beyond the classroom. Their campus is alive with a rich tapestry of cultural, artistic, and athletic activities, providing students with a well-rounded college experience. With an average class size of about 30 to 45, MiraCosta students rave about their professors and the personal attention they receive. Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere, and the feeling that they are all there to help one another.

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