Grossmont College

8800 Grossmont College Dr, El Cajon, CA

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Grossmont College is a two-year community college located in El Cajon, California in the region near San Diego. Grossmont College offers more than 150 academic programs that lead to associate degrees, professional certificates and successful transfer to four-year universities for completion of a bachelor's degree.  Grossmont College is one of two community colleges in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District that is part of the California public college system.

In addition to offering a range of degree and certificate programs, Grossmont also offers the Grossmont Middle College High School program. This program is designed for 11th and 12th grade students in the Grossmont Union High School District, who wish to complete their high school requirements and start earning college credits at Grossmont College.

Grossmont offers online learning for many of its courses and programs. Online students use the Blackboard platform for online learning, and have access to a host of online student services.

In 2012, Grossmont College is celebrating its 50-year anniversary, and the completion of several new buildings on its 135-acre campus. The new Administrative Services building and Griffin Center will enhance the educational experience for new and continuing students.


In 1960, voters established the Grossmont Junior College District. In 1961, Grossmont College opened its doors for initial classes at Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley with more than 1,500 enrolled students. In 1962, a bond was approved to fund a college campus in the Fletcher Hills area near the cities of La Mesa and El Cajon. Classes opened at the new campus in 1964. The facilities on the new campus were completed in 1967.

In 1978, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District opened a second community college called "Cuyamaca College." This college is located on a 165-acre campus south of El Cajon.


The academic calendar for Grossmont College follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Colleges and Schools

The academic units at Grossmont College are organized into departments that fall under academic divisions, as follows:

  • Career Technical Education/Workforce Development
  • Arts, Languages, and Communication
  • Counseling, Student Development & Matriculation
  • English & Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • Learning & Technology Resources
  • Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Exercise Science & Wellness

Student Life

There are many student activities and services on the Grossmont College campus, including athletics, clubs and organizations, events, Griffin Radio, Stagehouse Theatre, a Study Abroad program, childcare, and more.

The more than 30 active student organizations and clubs offer interest areas that include religion, politics, community service, gaming, and academics, among others.

The Inter-Club Council (ICC), which is composed of representatives from each of the actively registered student clubs, monitors the activities of all student organizations. The ICC provides support and information to club leaders and is available as a resource.

Other student resources or service departments on campus include:

  • Adult Re-entry
  • Assistive Technology Center
  • Associated Students
  • Assessment Center
  • Career Center
  • CalWORKs
  • Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)
  • Counseling
  • Disabled Student Services
  • Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)
  • Health Services Office
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Affairs Office
  • Transfer Center
  • Veterans Services  

There is no housing offered on campus.


The traditional school colors for Grossmont College are green and yellow, with white as an accent color. The school mascot is the griffin, a mythological creature that is part eagle, part lion. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Grossmont "Griffins."


The Grossmont "Griffins" athletic teams include men and women's basketball. They compete in the Pacific Coast Conference and have scored several championships.

Satellite Campuses

Grossmont College has one campus, but also offers online learning. Its sister college in the district, Cuyamaca College, is also a two-year community college located in the El Cajon area.

Community Life

The city of El Cajon is located in east San Diego County. Formerly the agrarian center of San Diego County, El Cajon is a scenic region of mesas and farmlands that has now developed into a vibrant metro area. The area offers many community events and beautiful parks, as well as easy access to the entertainment and recreation venues of San Diego.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $2,300. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $1,300-$1,600
    • Out-of-State: $7,100-$8,573
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $46-$55 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $250-$300 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid67%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships66%$4,507
Receiving Student Loans3%$2,811

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Grossmont College may offer services like:

  • Online classes
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Student employment
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how this school compares against other community colleges in San Diego County and the community colleges in California as a whole.

 Grossmont CollegeSan Diego CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate22.7%23.1%24.3%
Transfer-out Rate18.7%16.6%13.8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1989)
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  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program
    • Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 1996)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal and Culinary Services

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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