MiraCosta College - guaranteed pathway for students to transfer to top US universities in California with reasonable fees
With significantly lower tuition, smaller classes, strong student support, great scholarships for international students, and the opportunity for students to transfer to top universities in California and elsewhere in the US, MiraCosta is an ideal place for students to start their study journey in the US.
Located near San Diego in southern California, MiraCosta College offers over 50 degree and professional certificate programs on two beautiful campuses (Oceanside Campus and San Elijo Campus). MiraCosta boasts safe neighborhoods, stunning beaches, and year-round warm, sunny weather in a vibrant coastal community with a diverse student body.
Why should you choose MiraCosta?
Great place to live and study
MiraCosta is located in Oceanside, a beautiful, peaceful beach city in Oceanside 10 minutes away from the ocean. The college is close to San Diego. The beautiful ocean and mountain views from the campus and warm weather year-round make MiraCosta a great place to study and live.
MiraCosta offers campus jobs and off-campus internships (CPT & OPT), on-campus health center, library and computer labs, sports teams, and more than 50 40 student clubs. (more information about the student clubs + activities can be found HERE
Besides, students enjoy local attractions and activities such as Disneyland, SeaWorld, and the San Diego Zoo, surfing, tennis, golf, kayaking, snowboarding, hiking, and world-class beaches.
MiraCosta provides outstanding support services to help students succeed, including dedicated academic and career counselors, as well as free tutoring, career and job placement guidance, and fun club and sports activities.
Junjie (Leo) Fang Testimonial
Nhi Tran Testimonial
Nhi Tran also plans on moving north to continue her studies. A first-generation college student, Tran is aiming to attend to UC Berkeley for a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and perhaps find a future as a pharmacist. Nhi currently serves as president of the Chemistry Club and is a member of the PTK Alpha Chi Lambda Chapter, the International Club, and the Natural Science Club at MiraCosta College. She also served with Associated Student Government as a senator for one year, and she remains busy with her jobs as a chemistry, physics, and math tutor for the STEM Center and the Math Learning Center, and as an International Peer Leader. These jobs and activities, she said, have strengthened her leadership skills and allowed her to help other students reach their goals.
Key to international student success at MiraCosta is personalized support from professors and professional academic planners. With an average class size of 30 students, professors know each student and support learning inside and outside the classroom.
International students benefit from English language support, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and one-on-one university planning services provided by experienced academic counselors who can help complete university transfer applications alongside with students. MiraCosta College’s Transfer Center also offers many useful transfer workshops to identify university programs and scholarships so each student reaches individual desired goals.
International students at MiraCosta have the best chance of transferring to a top California university to complete undergraduate education. International students choose MiraCosta to achieve their goal of transferring to top universities or working in the United States after achieving an Associate degree, short-term certificate, or our Bachelor's Degree in Biomanufacturing [more information about Biomanufacturing HERE ] Transfer guarantee to top 4-year universities (University of California and California State Universities)
Last year, international students transferred to UCLA (#20 NU), UC Berkeley (#22 NU), UC San Diego (#35 NU), and UC Davis (#39 NU), and many more universities across the United States. MiraCosta international students can receive a Transfer Admission Guarantee to attend 5 University of California. [LINK]
MiraCosta College boasts one of the highest transfer rates to the University of California out of the community colleges in San Diego County. 94% UC acceptance rate for international students for year 2020-2021.
High Quality Education
Providing high-quality education, MiraCosta College is accredited by both the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Its experienced faculty provide first-class teaching to small classes of around 30 students. This creates a personalized learning environment for students. Rated the best nationwide by students (Rate My Professor), MiraCosta has the highest percentage of PhD level faculty of any community college in California.
Affordable Tuition and Fees
Students can save money by attending the first two years at MiraCosta College before transferring to the third year of a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree. The tuition for international students at MiraCosta is less than $9000/Year, which is 1/3 the costs of the four-year university tuition.
Host family placement, personal living expenses are estimated at $13,900. Estimated cost of attendance is $24,000 USD per school year.
We do not charge an application fee. It is totally FREE to apply and you will receive quick and friendly support from the international office staff from the time you submit your application form.
Scholarships for International Students
Continuing international student STEM scholarship international students majoring in a Science, Technology or Math major can now apply for a $2,500 scholarship awarded in the second year of study.
MiraCosta students win Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. For the 4th year in a row, MiraCosta students were selected for the prestigious community college student scholarship worth USD 40,000 a year, to help students transfer to 4-year universities. For 2019, Nhi Tran an international student from Vietnam won this prestigious scholarship and transferred to UC Berkeley majoring in Biochemistry. Another international student from Russia is a finalist for the award in 2021.
- Business and technology
- Computer Science
- Health sciences & Nursing
- Math and science
- Social and behavioral sciences
Other majors can be found HERE
No English Test Score? No Problem! – that’s fine😊
Even if you do not have a required English proficiency test score, you can still come to MiraCosta College. Our English Language Institute (ELI) program is a non-credit ESL program that is located on our Oceanside main campus. Students can improve their English skills from our experienced ESL instructors who also teach at MiraCosta credit program. You will also make life-long friends in a small and comfortable class setting.
Enrollment Options Under COVID-19
With changes due to COVID-19, new students can choose either to travel to the United States to take at least one in-person class or start a program by taking online classes from their home country. MiraCosta College can assist all international students to determine the most cost-effective way to reach their individual academic or career goals. For more up-to-date COVID-19 related information, please visit our COVID-19 FAQs
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