President's Welcome

Welcome MiraCosta College Students

Welcome to a new academic year at MiraCosta College! You are making a great investment in your future.  

MiraCosta College has come a long way since opening with 122 students at Oceanside-Carlsbad High School in September of 1934. Today, some 20,000 students are taking classes at our picturesque Oceanside or San Elijo Campuses, in addition to the Community Learning Center, Technology Career Institute or online, and this academic year we were excited to launch a historic bachelor’s degree program in biomanufacturing.

I joined the MiraCosta College team as its superintendent/president in 2015 because I wanted to be a part of a community that is so obviously dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning. At MiraCosta College, that dedication is evident through the efforts of our faculty, staff, and administrators who strive to make all students feel welcome and engaged, and who are unwavering in their support. Whether it’s financial aid, counseling, health services, or resources for veterans, MiraCosta College has but one priority in mind: you.

MiraCosta, though, is more than a college. An array of vibrant student clubs and leadership programs nurture our students’ creativity, expand their learning outside the classroom, and allow them to meet people from around the world.

As MiraCosta College grows, we will continue to meet the needs of our students and our community. We do this by working closely with industry partners in developing job training programs. It’s through innovation, such as teaming with local public and private universities to help students transition to a bachelor's degree, that we can support our students in achieving academic success. 

With the passage of Measure MM, a community supported facilities bond, you will notice a great deal of construction and building around campus. Please excuse the inconvenience or dust as MiraCosta College focuses on improving our teaching and learning facilities.

If you see me around campus, I hope you’ll stop and say "hi" and tell me a bit about your experiences at MiraCosta College.

Best wishes for a successful academic year!

Sunita V. Cooke, Ph.D.