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The 78 Corridor is home to the talent to compete in a global marketplace. It is home to more than 200,000 companies along the 78 Corridor employing more than 210,000 workers. The region is fueled by outstanding universities, and engaged community colleges, graduates go on to lead the region's innovate companies in developing products that change the world.



52,310 students
working towards associate or bachelor's degree

83% of CSU San Marcos graduates stay in the region


Total Number of Students: 11,300

Most Popular Undergrad Degree: Business Administration

In addition to baccalaureate degrees, such as Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, CSUSM offers 13 master's programs, eight credential programs and a joint doctoral program with UC San Diego. From biotechnology to nursing to business, our post baccalaureate degrees provide a superior academic and professional education.

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Total Number of Students: 26,231

Transfers to UC or CSU: 1,337

Palomar College offers more than 300 Associates Degree and certificate programs, as well as not-for-credit community development and personal enrichment classes for life-long learning. We have transfer agreements with the California State University and University of California systems, and our high-level coursework in transferable classes fully prepares our students for success at four-year colleges and universities.

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Total Number of Students: 14,529

Active Duty Military & Veterans: 1,741

MiraCosta College offers associate degrees equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor's degree (2+2 program). With an associate degree, students can transfer to a 4-year university or begin work. MiraCosta also offers over 50 different certificates for students interested in short-term training in a specific career area. Certificates can be completed in one or two years.

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Total Number of Students: 250

One year after graduation, 89% of the undergraduate Class of 2012 was employed

John Paul the Great Catholic University, which opened in September 2006, is a visionary teaching institution focused on and dedicated to molding students into future innovators and creators, leaders and entrepreneurs. Students have the opportunity to acquire a deep and personal knowledge of Jesus Christ. Catholic ethical, moral, and social values provide a guiding compass for everything we do.

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In 2012, City Council set an ambitious strategic goal to bring a higher education institution to Carlsbad. After conducting research on models of higher education recruitment and benefits of higher education institutions to local communities, the city contracted K. Backus & Associates and Appleseed, Inc. to help conduct an in-depth analysis of regional academic offerings and develop a strategy for a successful recruitment process. In January 2014, City Council voted to encourage the use of City-owned property in the heart of the city's business hub for higher education purposes.

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