Grossmont College: Narrative Description

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8800 Grossmont College Dr.
El Cajon, CA 92020-1799
Tel: (619)644-7000
Admissions: (619)644-7188
Fax: (619)644-7922
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State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of California Community College System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1961. Setting: 135-acre suburban campus with easy access to San Diego. Total enrollment: 18,241. Students come from 52 other countries, 38% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, early admission. Placement: Assessment and Placement Services for Community Colleges recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/12. Notification: continuous until 8/12.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $5160 full-time, $146 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $780 full-time, $26 per unit part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 23 open to all. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Lewis F. Smith Learning Resource Center with 105,000 books, 759 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

El Cajon is situated east of San Diego in a suburban community with a Mediterranean climate. Gillespie Airport and buses serve the area. The County Branch Library is located here; there are churches of all denominations. Employment is available through the California Department of Employment which is located on the Grossmont college campus. There are recreational facilities at both the beaches and in the nearby mountain area. Annual festivities include the "Mother Goose Parade."

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