900 Rancho San Diego Pky
El Cajon, CA 92019
Top Ranked (2022-23): View Rankings
  • 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 8,697 students (23% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is lower than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 58% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 77%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 8,697 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,386
  • Out-state tuition: $6,896
  • Student:teacher ratio: 23:1
  • Minority enrollment: 58%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Cuyamaca College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

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School Overview

The teacher population of 384 teachers has grown by 134% over five years.
Cuyamaca College
(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
384 staff
308 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 23:1 has decreased from 45:1 over five years.
The Cuyamaca College diversity score of 0.68 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
8,697 students
8,365 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
23:1
24:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,979 students
2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students
6,718 students
6,350 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
n/a
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% Asian
5%
12%
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% Hispanic
36%
47%
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% Black
5%
6%
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% White
42%
23%
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% Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
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% Two or more races
6%
4%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
2%
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% Unknown races
4%
6%
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Diversity Score
0.68
0.70
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College Completion Rate
30%
32%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$32,600
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,386 is less than the state average of $1,997. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,896 is less than the state average of $7,123. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,386
$1,997
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,896
$7,123
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
73%
79%
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Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2008)
$3,448
$6,625
Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,000
$6,000
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 8,697 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,386
  • Out-state tuition: $6,896
  • Student:teacher ratio: 23:1
  • Minority enrollment: 58%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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San Diego County, CA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.63, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in San Diego County, CA is Platt College-San Diego. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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