Located in Palm Desert, California, The College of the Desert is a community college that does not have a paper application process. Students enrolling for the first time, or returning students who have not been enrolled for a semester or more, must complete the online application process in order to obtain a student identification number. To locate a lost student ID, a current College of the Desert student can electronically request a copy.

New Students

Step 1

Go to the College of the Desert application online.

Step 2

Click on the “Begin Application” button at the bottom of the page and the “New User” button on the successive page.

Step 3

Fill out all the required information. You must include an active email account. The Admissions and Registration office of the College of the Desert only communicates electronically and does not mail paper information. If you do not have an email account, the application page includes links to obtain a free email account.

Step 4

Click the “Submit” on the last page of the application. Once the application has been approved, the Admissions and Registration office will email a student ID to the email address indicated on the application.

Returning Students

Step 1

Go to the College of the Desert application online.

Step 2

Click on the “Begin Application” button at the bottom of the page.

Step 3

Click on “I Forgot my User Name and Password.”

Step 4

Enter in the email address you used when you first applied to College of the Desert. An email will be sent to you containing your user name and password. The user name consists of your last name and your student ID number. If that email address is no longer valid, you will have to visit the Admissions and Registration office during normal business hours.

Current Students

Step 1

Go to the College of Dessert website home page and click on the WebAdvisor icon on the right side of the web page under “My COD.”

Step 2

Click on the blue bar that says “Student.”

Step 3

Locate the “User Account” menu on the left side of the web page. Under this menu is a link called “What’s my User ID?”

Step 4

Fill in your last name and your Social Security number, and click “Submit.” An email containing your user ID will be sent to the email address you used when first applying to College of the Desert. The user ID consists of your last name and your student ID number. If the email address is no longer valid, you will have to visit the Admissions and Registration office during normal business hours.