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Palm Springs Campus - Academic Services

Although the Campus is closed, services are still open and available for students online. Please visit each page directly for more details. Some essential resources are listed below.

For additional resources, please visit the College's COVID-19 Resource page.

General Education Credit Classes

Credit courses are designated as either associate degree credit courses or non-degree credit courses. Associate degree credit courses may be used as required or elective courses in a degree or certificate program. Students must complete the course requirements as specified in their program of study for their declared major as well as general education courses in order to earn an Associate's Degree. See Catalogs and Schedules for a complete listing of General Education courses.

Basic Skills Courses

Basic skills or pre-collegiate courses are designed to prepare students for college-level work. Students may be required to enroll in certain basic skills courses if the assessment process indicates they will benefit by this special preparation for college-level courses.

Daytime English Second Language Non-Credit (ESLN) courses.

The ESLN Program offers six levels of English, ranging from the Foundations class to the advanced Level 5. Placement into the courses is determined by a placement test. After completing the ESLN Program, you will have the language skills necessary to move on to many exciting careers or further studies. View more information on our ESLN Program, including registration details.

During the Fall and Spring Terms: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Students may use the lab for homework, for online coursework, and to complete College forms and applications. TASC staff are available and on site to assist with your needs. For detailed information, including tutoring hours, please see the TASC Lab site.

College of the Desert provides students with access to online tutoring services from Smarthinking. With Smarthinking, students can chat with a live tutor up to 24 hours a day from ANY internet connection.

Tutors are available for a wide range of subjects including writing (for any course), math (basic math through calculus II), accounting, statistics, finance, economics, biology, nursing & allied health, physics, chemistry, office applications, and Spanish. Students can also submit completed drafts of writing assignments from any course to Smarthinking's Writing Center for a tutor to review. The tutor will provide a detailed, personalized feedback about the submitted paper, typically within 24 hours.

To connect with a tutor online, follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your username and password.
  • Your username is your “” email address.
  • Your password is “COD” plus your birth date in MMDDYY format.

    For example, if your birth date is 2/4/93, then your password is COD020493. You can change your password in the “Profile” section of the "Manage Account" tab

Additionally, find all your course textbooks at Indio, Palm Springs, DHS-Wenzlaff, or MTC, you can use them on site only. Access all of our electronic resources, such as e-books and database literature. For reference help, login to our chat reference service from the library home page and talk to a librarian 24/7. For additional details visit the COD Library page.