How do I get involved with campus life?

Associated Students of COD (ASCOD) & Office of Student Life

The Associated Students of COD serves as the recognized voice of students on campus, and operates under the direction of officers who are elected by the College of the Desert student body. The organization is the vehicle through which students may actively participate in shared governance. Students who serve on college and district wide committees are appointed by ASCOD. ASCOD is dedicated to serving the student body by specifically helping to promote the interests and rights of the students it represents. 

The Interclub Council (ICC) serves to promote student club & organization involvement and activities. As the promoter of student clubs & organizations to the campus community, representatives exchange ideas, review club charters, and host events that promote a sense of unity between clubs and the intellectual, artistic, and social life of students.

The Office of Student Life provides College of the Desert students a variety of opportunities to become involved in extra- and co-curricular activities.  The Office of Student Life connects students to clubs & organizations, the Associated Students of COD, and the Student Ambassador Program. The Office of Student Life provides an inclusive, experiential learning environment and creates dynamic opportunities for the intellectual growth of students through leadership and learning. In addition, the Office of Student Life offers leadership development, student clubs of varying interests, meeting rooms, and facilities for socializing and student recognition ceremonies. For more information, please call (760) 862-1317.

The Student Ambassador Program​ is a comprehensive student advancement program of prestige that encourages connective leadership as it supports the mission and vision of the College of the Desert. The student ambassador program is a dynamic team of student leaders dedicated to supporting student success, serving, and promoting College of Desert to current and prospective students, guests, and Alumni. SAP offers leadership training and professional development opportunities for its members. The heart of what an ambassador does is “Student Engagement” using public relations skills to build community and serve students in two main areas: campus and community services and student support services.


College of the Desert is a California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) institution competing state-wide in fourteen sports. We are a member of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, whose membership includes the following colleges: College of the Desert, Cuyamaca, Grossman, Imperial Valley, Mira Costa, Mt. San Jacinto, Palomar, San Bernardino Valley, San Diego City, San Diego Mesa, San Diego Miramar, and Southwestern. Football competes in the Southern California Football Alliance (SCFA) in the American Mountain Division.

At this time, COD participates in the following sports: for men - baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, and tennis; for women - basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Students interested in participating in Athletics should complete the online questionnaire found on the Athletics webpage or contact the Athletic Department at (760) 773-2591.


The College of the Desert Bookstore has two permanent locations, one located on the Palm Desert Campus and the other on the Indio Campus. The Palm Desert Campus Bookstore is located on the first floor of the Cravens Student Services Center. This bookstore contains all needed course materials, whether required or optional. Both new and used textbooks are available for purchase, and most textbooks are available for rent and in digital format. The bookstore also carries a wide variety of school supplies (imprinted and non-imprinted), in addition to software, electronics, and Tablets. BarCharts and other student reference materials are also available to help students succeed academically. In addition, College of the Desert clothing and gift items are available, as well as a variety of snacks, drinks, and sundries. For more information, including hours of operation, call (760) 773-2564, or visit online at College of the Desert Shop. The Bookstore website can also be accessed from the COD main page, by clicking on “Student Services” and then on “Bookstore."

The Indio Campus Bookstore is located on the east side of the main Indio Campus building. It contains all needed course materials for any classes offered at Indio or at Mecca/Thermal. Both new and used textbooks are available for purchase, and many are available for rent and in digital format. The Indio Campus Bookstore also carries supplies (imprinted and non-imprinted), and some electronic supplies. BarCharts and other reference materials are also available. The Indio Bookstore also has a wide array of COD clothing and gift items. In addition, there is a large convenience store assortment: sandwiches, Pepsi products, snacks, candy, and other food items. For hours of operation and other information, contact the Indio Campus Bookstore directly at (402) 400-5319.

Enrichment Activities

COD offers various co-curricular events to enrich student learning opportunities outside the normal classroom setting.  

Celebrating Diversity - The College has several events and activities to celebrate diversity, including International Day/Week celebrations and Council on Diversity activities celebrating gender equity and ethnic heritage. These events are open to all students, exposing them to the rewards of cultural awareness and diversity.

Live Performances - The College offers several plays, musical performances, and cultural events for student and staff participation and enjoyment throughout the year. Students can participate as performers, set designers, and stage crew. Theater performances occur in Theatre Too, the Pollock Theatre, and the McCallum Theatre while many student government and club activities will often include live concerts in outdoor venues.

Art Exhibits - The Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts offers regular art shows featuring student, faculty, and professional artists.

Student Publications - The student newspaper, The Chaparral, offers students the opportunity to actively develop their journalism skills. The Chaparral is published monthly and is run entirely by students with the support of a faculty advisor. Faculty members in the Communication Division assist students to publish a student creative writing and poetry journal, The Solstice. This publication encourages intellectual development of students and highlights the growth of student writing skills and creativity.

Student Radio Station, KCOD -  In association with the COD Radio and Television Announcing, Writing, and Radio Production courses (RTV-002, RTV-005, and RTV-007) students gain hands-on experience in radio and television broadcasting. Students will create multimedia content, schedule automated programs, conduct live shows, cover remote events, and stream over the Internet. Programming includes unique music genres, cultural commentary, news, comedy, and talk shows.

Food Services

College of the Desert’s Palm Desert campus offers fresh-serve dining during normal operating hours at Beep’s Cafe, which offers a wide variety of menu choices. Additionally, snacks and beverages are available in the bookstore in the Cravens Student Services Center, the Solutions kiosk, and vending machines located throughout the campus. Vending is also available at the Indio, Mecca/Thermal, and Desert Hot Springs locations.


There are no facilities for on-campus housing at College of the Desert. Information regarding off-campus housing is posted on bulletin boards on campus. The College does not inspect or approve the posted facilities and assumes no liability or responsibility for agreements between landlords and the students.


All vehicles are required to have a parking permit. Visitors to campus may purchase a daily permit from one of the machines on campus.

Students parking on campus must purchase and properly display a College of the Desert parking permit. Permits may be purchased online or over the counter at the Bursar’s office located on the first floor of Cravens Student Services Center. Vehicles not properly displaying a parking permit will be cited. Motorcycles and motorbikes are required to park in designated areas. Parking regulations may be found online or obtained from the Bursar’s Office. For more information, please call (760) 341-2111.

Citations are issued by the Public Safety Department and may be paid at the Bursar’s office. To dispute a citation, Citation Contest Forms are available at the Bursar’s Office, the Public Safety Department office located in South Annex, or online. Completed forms should be returned to the Bursar’s Office or submitted online.

Parking lots are conveniently located throughout the campus. Red, yellow, and blue curb markings, all no-parking signs, and emergency parking zones are to be observed at all times. Parking on or in front of ramps is forbidden. Restricted parking is in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday when classes are in session. 

Parking for individuals with disabilities must be observed at all times. Disabled Parking Placards may be obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles and must be displayed when parking in designated areas. 

The College assumes no liability for vehicles parked on campus.

Security & Safety

The College encourages all persons on campus to practice low-risk and defensive behaviors, and to be especially alert at night. Students and others are advised to park in well-lighted and trafficked areas, and to always lock their vehicles. Students should not pick up strangers or accept rides from persons they do not know.  Nighttime Escorts are also available by calling (760) 341-2111.

If you suspect a crime is being committed against persons or property, call (760) 341-2111 or 911.

Safety and Security information published in accordance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act is available upon request from the Public Safety Department.

Smoking Policy 

In the interest of employee health and the general welfare of students and the public, the Desert Community College District shall be considered a smoke-free environment. Smoking of any form of tobacco or non-tobacco products is prohibited inside any college facility; in any vehicle owned, operated, leased, or charted by the District; in all established eating areas; within 25 feet of all building entrances, exits, and operable windows; and in the seating areas of all outdoor athletic facilities owned, operated, or leased by the District. Smoking will only be permitted in designated smoking areas and may be permitted for approved theatrical rehearsals and performances where smoking is determined to be an integral part of the rehearsal or performance.

Student Health & Wellness Center

The Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) is located on the first floor of the Cravens Student Services Center. All students pay a fee each academic session/semester to support the provision of physical and mental health services. A professional nurse is on duty daily to provide services to students which include health evaluations, first aid, emergency evaluation, health education, consultation, referrals, and intake for making appointments with the College physician. Vision screening, blood pressure screening, tuberculosis screening (TB testing), blood glucose, urinalysis for specific illnesses, and throat cultures for throat infections are also available at the SHWC Office. HIV/STD screening is provided by an outside agency, generally once a month. Flu vaccines are seasonally available for a fee. The College physician is available one day a week for treatment of minor illnesses and evaluation for referral to specialty care. The staff at the Student Health and Wellness Center also process all COD student accident insurance claims. Information regarding additional student insurance for sickness and accidents is available through the Student Health and Wellness Center. Limited services are also extended to the Indio Campus and Mecca-Thermal Campus students. For more information, please call (760) 776-7211.

Student Mental Health Services

Student Mental Health Services is located on the first floor of the Cravens Student Services Center, within the Student Health and Wellness Center. All students pay a fee each academic session/semester to support the provision of both physical and mental health services for students. Mental Health services for students involve solution-focused, short-term personal counseling aimed at enhancing understanding and resolution of current problems. Individual sessions are made on an appointment basis. For a significant personal crisis requiring immediate assistance, students may go to the Counseling Center or the Student Health and Wellness Center during open hours for referral to a mental health professional. Students requiring long-term or more specialized services may be referred to qualified community resources. Self-help brochures, hand-outs, websites, and reading lists are available, free of charge, as related to mental health and wellness issues. For more information, please call (760) 776-7211.