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Founded in 1978, Cuyamaca College is a community college in Rancho San Diego, California. It is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges/Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC).


Academic tracks of study include close to 50 associate’s degree programs and nearly as many vocational training certificate programs. A large number of the students transfer to San Diego State University or the University of California at San Diego to complete their bachelor’s degree programs.

The collee offers diverse challenging and interesting programs such as child development, drafting technology, ESL, graphic design, water/wastewater technology, paralegal training, ornamental horticulture, computer science, and automotive technology. The Water Conservation Garden has nearly five acres of displays that teach visitors about water conservation. Learning labs are also available.

The college is continuing to expand its campus and its curriculum. Distance learning, academic remediation, double majors, cooperative education, honors programs, off-campus study, student-designed majors, and internships are available.

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Unique Programs

College Hour gives students the opportunity to participate in leisure activities and programs that complement classroom learning. Each College Hour has a theme, as well as numerous programs and events that are sponsored by the Student Affairs Office for involvement. Instructors are strongly urged to support the College Hour activities by releasing their classes in order for students to attend the programs.


Students who wish to apply must fill out an application, which can be done online. There is no application fee. Students must submit their high school transcripts, or submit proof that they have completed an equivalent program (such as the GED). Students who have previous college credit, or “nontraditional” credit, (such as Advanced Placement, CLEP, or military service) must also submit those official transcripts or documents sent to the Office of Admissions and Records. Official transcripts are transcripts that have been sent by the issuing institution directly to the Office of Admissions and Records.

The college accepts credit only from institutions that are accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations. After submitting the application, students must attend an Orientation and Assessment session, and meet with an academic adviser. Students may then register for classes online. Registration times are mailed to the students for their first semester, and will be done on a rolling basis thereafter. Tuition charges must be paid within 3 business days of registering for classes.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office offers a wide variety of programs for both full-time and part-time students. In just one year, students were awarded more than $11 million in state, federal, private and institutional financial assistance. Forms of aid available for students include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. A limited number of institutional scholarships and waivers are also available. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st for the upcoming academic year. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or additional documents. Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process. Students must submit appropriate documentation in order to qualify for the in-state tuition rate. Since the college is supported by the state, it must follow California laws pertaining to residency classification.

Students who are applying for financial aid for the first time are required to successfully complete the free, non-credit Financial Aid and Academic Planning Course. This is a mandatory part of every student’s financial aid application. In this course students learn about diverse financial aid resources, eligibility requirements, students’ rights and responsibilities in receiving aid, how to prepare a budget, and how to develop an educational plan. This course can be completed online.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6392nd for the average student loan amount.
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Cuyamaca does not provide on-campus housing. Most of the students at this college live in apartments off campus. Rental rates will vary, depending on the type and location of apartment. Students can check the college’s website for tips on finding affordable housing, or housing posts on bulletin boards located throughout the campus.

There are a wide variety of special interest programs and clubs that students can participate in. Available clubs and programs include the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the ASCC Floral Program, the student government, the Automotive Club, the Cuyamaca College American Sign Language Association (CCASLA), and the Multi Culture Union. Students can check with the Student Affairs Office for more information on how to join or charter a club.

The campus is 100% smoke free.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The athletic department is known as the Coyotes. Athletic programs are governed by the California Community College Commission on Athletics and the Pacific Coast Conference. Women’s teams include cross country, tennis, soccer, track & field, and volleyball. Men’s teams include cross country, basketball, gold, soccer, and track & field.

The campus has a 20.3-acre physical education facility with a fully equipped fitness center, volleyball courts, a gymnasium, ball fields, tennis courts, soccer fields, and an Olympic-size track.

Each year, the Student-Athlete Academic Award is presented to full-time students who are also varsity athletes and have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Information Summary

Ranks 233rd in California and 2521st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 2 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 312 0.31
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.00
Forcible Rape 28 0.03
Robbery 187 0.19
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 603 0.60
Larceny 1,443 1.43
Vehicle theft 422 0.42

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near El Cajon, CA 92019
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population40,981 (39,129 urban / 1,852 rural)
Households14,376 (2.82 people per house)
Median Household Income$56,486
Families10,991 (3.20 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District650

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4110th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,334 $1,334 $6,844
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $52 $52 $52
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $236
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $2,886 $2,886 $8,396
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,986 $16,986 $22,496
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,086 $6,086 $11,596

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,096 $1,386 $1,096 $1,386 $6,606 $6,896
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,500(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,600 $4,000
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,200 $3,700

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 832nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $78,108 ($76,493 male / $76,613 female)
Number of FT Faculty 83 (40 male / 43 female)
Number of PT Faculty 414
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $2,607,149

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900 Rancho San Diego Pky
El Cajon, CA 92019
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