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Why Choose Grossmont College?



San Diego's Best
Voted "San Diego's Best" by the San Diego Union-Tribune readers' poll
Ranked 52 in the United States for awarding degrees to minorities - San Diego Union-Tribune
Selected as a top 150 community college in the United States by the Aspen Institute For College Excellence

Featured in an International Magazine for International Students
Visit Study in the USA Magazine here
read about what our students have to say - Seongjin Yang, Akari Masaoka

Students from Around the World
Grossmont College enrolls over 600 international students from about 80 different countries.

Free Application Process
There is no charge to apply to Grossmont College.

Low English Proficiency Requirement
The minimum score for admission to Grossmont College is TOEFL 450 paper-based / 45 internet-based, and IELTS 4.5.
We have an excellent Intensive English Program on campus called the ACE language school - Read about it here

Transfer Opportunities
Our international students transfer to many 4-year institutions, including UCSD, UCLA, and UC Berkeley. Grossmont College transfers more students to San Diego State University than any other community college. Grossmont College transfers more international students to UCSD than any other San Diego area community college. Visit our Transfer Center web page for more information on your transfer opportunities.

Higher Education Champions for Excellence in Transfer for 2016, ranked 9th out of 113 California Community Colleges in Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) transfers to California State Universities source

Excellent Teachers
The Grossmont College faculty are selected for their excellent teaching ability and their dedication to our students. Our classes are small " typically 25-40 students " which allows our teachers to provide individual attention.
James Foran - Chopped Champion on Food Network TV show
Dave Dillon - International Textbook Excellence Award

Grossmont College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the California Community College Association.

Personal Service
The International Student Office is staffed with full-time counselors and specialists to help you with every aspect of your education. We'll help you enroll in the classes that match your English ability and your educational goals.

Low Cost
You can complete the first two years of a Bachelor's degree at Grossmont for a much lower cost than at a 4-year institution.

  • Grossmont College tuition per year: $8108
  • California State University (CSU) tuition per year: $19,390 - Source
  • University of California (UC) tuition per year: $44,234 - Source

Grossmont College is:

  • 20 minutes to San Diego beaches
  • 15 minutes to downtown area
  • 45 minutes to the mountains
  • 90 minutes to the desert

Outstanding Athletics Program
Women's Badminton - State Champion 2017, 2018
Men's Baseball - State Champion 2017
Women's Volleyball - State Champion 2016, 2019
Plus many other sports

Fun Activities
Our International Student Club schedules many activities throughout the year. Some of our past events include camping in the desert, kayaking in San Diego Bay, and barbeques at the beach. Facebook, Instagram, YouTube


Questions about admission or immigration requirements can be directed to International Admissions Specialists, below.

Mika Miller
Telephone: (619) 644-7182

Yumiko Hudson
Telephone: (619) 644-7175

email both of them at 

Last Updated: 04/02/2020
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