The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California's 112 public community colleges. The district includes the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, and parts of Carmel Valley. The single college district is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees who are elected at large from each of the district's seven communities.
MiraCosta offers associate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities.
The college's fee-based Community Education program provides a wide variety of classes, workshops, and excursions. Tuition-free, noncredit classes also present a variety of learning opportunities at the Community Learning Center and throughout the community.
MiraCosta College partners with the North San Diego Small Business Development Center, which provides service to all of North San Diego and Imperial Counties.
MiraCosta College employs 178 full-time faculty, 259 regular classified staff, and 15 academic administrators. An additional 500 associate faculty teach in the credit and noncredit programs, and about 150 educators or contract staff provide community service activities. MiraCosta students are diverse, including representation from all of California's major racial/ethnic groups and ages. Diversity is also evidenced by student-veterans, reentry students, individuals with disabilities, and international students. The district boasts a long history of commitment to collegiality, civility, and mutual respect.