Cuyamaca College

  • Since 1978, Cuyamaca College has provided a solid education to students, whether they�re beginning their university degree at Cuyamaca, returning to school to launch a career or to acquire new skills or enrolling in an innovative occupational program. With its vision of �Learning for the Future,� Cuyamaca College offers a wide scope of challenging courses, from drafting technology and child development to paralegal training, from computer and information science or ornamental horticulture to automotive technology. With 49 degree programs and 46 certificates offered at Cuyamaca College, learning opportunities abound under the tutelage of highly-qualified, dynamic instructors imbued with a love of teaching.

School Highlights

Cuyamaca College serves 8,824 students (25% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 46:1 is higher than the state community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 59% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 75%.

Top Rankings

Cuyamaca College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 192 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Cuyamaca College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty192 staff149 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Cuyamaca College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 46:1 has decreased from 53:1 over five years.
The Cuyamaca College diversity score of 0.72 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment8,824 students8,598 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio46:145:1
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# Full-Time Students2,241 students2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students6,583 students6,583 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
6%
12%
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% Hispanic
30%
43%
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% Black
6%
7%
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% White
41%
25%
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% Hawaiian
1%
-
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% Two or more races
7%
4%
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% Non Resident races
7%
4%
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% Unknown races
1%
4%
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Diversity Score0.720.73
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College Completion Rate
26%
31%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$32,600$34,600
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,386 is less than the state average of $1,458. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,896 is more than the state average of $6,710. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,386$1,458
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Out-State Tuition Fees$6,896$6,710
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid78%76%
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Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2008)$3,448$6,625
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$5,751
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Source: 2019 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Cuyamaca College is located in the community of Rancho San Diego at 900 Ranch San Diego Parkway in the City of El Cajon on a 165-acre site which was at one time a part of the Old Monte Vista Ranch. Cuyamaca College is one of two colleges serving the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. The building site was acquired by the Board of Trustees in September 1972, and the College officially opened in the Fall of 1978. The second phase of buildings was completed in January 1980. In 1989, the Learning Resource Center opened. The campus consists of eight classroom buildings and is also the site of the Heritage of the Americas Museum and the Water Conservation Garden. In the Spring of 1995, Rancho San Diego Parkway, the Fury Lane entrance road, was completed providing students easier access to the College. In the Fall of 1995, the College dedicated a new 20.3 acre physical education facility with a fitness center, gym, tennis and volleyball courts, soccer and ball fields and an olympic track. Construction implementation is occurring on an incremental basis in response to the growing community surrounding the College and to meet the educational needs in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. The College is designed to provide a comprehensive curriculum of programs and course of study, and when completed, will accommodate an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students in 2015. The mission of Cuyamaca College's Financial Aid Office is to ensure access and eliminate financial barriers to post-secondary education for all eligible students, by providing student centered support services that will promote student success, persistence, retention, equal educational opportunities and enable them to fully develop their individual potential.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Cuyamaca College is Grossmont College (6.4 miles away).
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  • 17,835 students | 6.40 Mi8800 Grossmont College Dr
    El Cajon, CA 92020
    (619) 644-7000
    6.4017,835
  • Platt College-San Diego
    Private for-profit
    145 students | 7.30 Mi6250 El Cajon Blvd
    San Diego, CA 92115
    (619) 265-0107
    7.30145
  • 18,569 students | 7.80 Mi900 Otay Lakes Rd.
    Chula Vista, CA 91910
    (619) 421-6700
    7.8018,569
  • 664 students | 9.80 Mi4393 Imperial Avenue, Suite 100
    San Diego, CA 92113
    (619) 688-0800
    9.80664
  • 551 students | 12.20 Mi780 Bay Blvd Suite101
    Chula Vista, CA 91910
    (619) 425-3200
    12.20551
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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,458 per year for in-state students and $6,710 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,155 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 84%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.73, which is equal to the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in California is Coastline Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.