College of Marin Mission Statement
The College of Marin is committed to responding to community needs by offering student-centered programs and services in a supportive, innovative learning environment with a strong foundation of sustainability, which will instill environmental sensitivity in our students.
Established in 1926, College of Marin is one of 112 public community colleges in California accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. There are two campuses to serve you in beautiful Marin County. The Kentfield Campus is located approximately 11 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge at 835 College Ave. in Kentfield. The Indian Valley Campus is located minutes away on a spectacular 333 acre site on Ignacio Blvd. in Novato, CA.
Approximately 10,000 credit and noncredit students enroll each fall and spring semester. Nearly 6,000 students annually take advantage of the College's many outstanding community education and community services classes. The College has earned a reputation as a quality educational institution providing a pathway for achievement and success for students of all ages and from all walks of life.
In order to provide students with the opportunities they need, and to ensure that students achieve their specific goals and objectives, the College offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programs. College of Marin participates in guaranteed admissions to specific University of California campuses, California State Universities, and private universities. College of Marin also offers cross enrollment at UC Berkeley to qualified students. Contact the COM Counseling Office for more information. In addition, the Counseling Department oversees the Transfer Center, staffed for the purpose of helping students research transfer and admissions requirements.
In addition the College provides thirty-five two-year vocational and career programs, as well as providing basic skills, English as a Second Language (ESL) education, and community education classes. The College's workforce preparation programs provide the necessary skills for success in a globally competitive workforce environment. Whether the goal is career advancement, career change, or entering the workforce for the first time, the College offers a range of programs to help students succeed.
Originally known as Marin Junior College when established in 1926, the College was renamed College of Marin in 1947. In 1985 College of Marin merged with Indian Valley College. This merger provided Marin residents with two campuses, the original campus located in Kentfield and the Indian Valley Campus in Novato. The two campuses serve a county population of approximately 250,000 residents.
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About the community
Marin County is conveniently located between San Francisco and the Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, and its warm, sunny California climate makes it possible to enjoy Marin’s wide variety of outdoor attractions all year ‘round. Marin is a known for outdoor recreation — mountain biking, hiking, fishing, bird watching, windsurfing, kayaking, golf and tennis. Visit the Marin County Visitors Bureau for more information.
College Offices and Departments
Student Characteristics 2009 to 2012
Accreditation College of Marin is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Post secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
Our Legacy College of Marin has been providing exceptional educational opportunities since 1926. The College has earned a reputation as a quality educational institution that provides a pathway for achievement and success for students of all ages and backgrounds.
Outstanding Faculty College of Marin faculty are recognized for their excellence in the classroom. Our instructors have degrees from such institutions as Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, UC Berkeley, California College of Arts & Crafts, SFSU, Royal College of Music, London and many other top educational institutions.