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 8,644 students (25% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 45:1 is higher than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 51% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.
  • Cuyamaca College is one of 21 community colleges within San Diego County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to Cuyamaca College is Grossmont College (6.2 miles away).

Top Placements

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 192 teachers has grown by 14% over five years.
Cuyamaca College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty192 staff97 staff
Cuyamaca College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Cuyamaca College has grown by 7% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 45:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Cuyamaca College diversity score of 0.68 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 6% over five years.
Total Enrollment8,644 students7,516 students
Cuyamaca College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio45:144:1
Cuyamaca College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,141 students1,613 students
Cuyamaca College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students6,503 students5,903 students
Cuyamaca College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Cuyamaca College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Cuyamaca College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2011)
% Asian
Cuyamaca College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Cuyamaca College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Cuyamaca College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Cuyamaca College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Cuyamaca College Hawaiian (2009-2013)
% Two or more races
Cuyamaca College More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
Cuyamaca College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Cuyamaca College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.680.73
Cuyamaca College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Cuyamaca College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$32,600$34,900
Cuyamaca College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,386 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 26% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,896 is more than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,386$1,636
Cuyamaca College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,896$6,797
Cuyamaca College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid73%78%
Cuyamaca College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2008)$3,448$6,625
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$5,500
Cuyamaca College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (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 (6.2 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 18,040 students | 6.20 Mi8800 Grossmont College Dr
    El Cajon CA  92020
  • Platt College-San Diego
    Private, for profit
    316 students | 7.20 Mi6250 El Cajon Blvd
    San Diego CA  92115
  • 19,000 students | 7.80 Mi900 Otay Lakes Rd
    Chula Vista CA  91910
  • 967 students | 9.80 Mi4393 Imperial Avenue, Suite 100
    San Diego CA  92113
  • n/a students | 10.60 Mi3375 Camino Del Rio S
    San Diego CA  92108
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