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California State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus

The California State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus (CSUSB Palm Desert Campus[2] or PDC[1]) is a satellite campus of California State University, San Bernardino, located in Palm Desert, California, United States. The campus is located about 40 miles (64 km) east of the cities of San Bernardino and Riverside. In 1984, the College of the Desert, a public two-year community college in Palm Desert, began exploring bringing a CSU campus to the Coachella Valley. Subsequent negotiations led to establishing the temporary Coachella Valley Center of Cal State San Bernardino. The center began offering external degree programs in fall 1986 on land leased by the College of the Desert.

In 1992, the city of Palm Desert offered to donate land for a permanent satellite center that might one day become a CSU campus. In 1994, the CSU Board of Trustees authorized the chancellor to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the city of Palm Desert and its redevelopment agency to accept and acquire land. It designated 200 acres (81 ha) for a possible future CSU campus, with 40 acres (16 ha) designated as the site for the permanent off-campus center. The remaining 160 acres (65 ha) would be held pending determination by the trustees that the center should become an independent campus.

The permanent campus, located on Cook Street, is home to upper division and graduate students throughout the Coachella Valley and Joshua Tree areas. Housing the campus originally at College of the Desert led to a partnership that continues to develop in many ways. The majority of Palm Desert Campus undergraduate students transfer from College of the Desert.

A health sciences building for the four-year nursing program opened on the Palm Desert Campus in October 2008.[3]

The unique public-private partnership at CSUSB's Palm Desert Campus has drawn national attention and was featured in a front-page story in the Sunday, August 5, 2003, edition of the New York Times.[4]

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Coordinates: 33°46′34″N 116°21′16″W / 33.77611°N 116.35444°W / 33.77611; -116.35444

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