Why Choose Cuyamaca College?

Cuyamaca College is a friendly community with student-focused faculty and staff, high transfer rates, and a beautiful Rancho San Diego, East County campus. Here are our top 5 reasons to attend Cuyamaca.


1. Career-Focused Pathways

Cuyamaca is one of the first colleges that has offered students a guided path toward their career, so that every class counts when they eventually decide on a major.

We have eight Academic and Career Pathways to explore!


2. High Transfer Rates to SDSU and UC Schools

Cuyamaca is known for our student-focused faculty and staff who help students reach their goals, whether those are to earn an Associates degree or certificate or transfer to San Diego State University or a University of California school.


We help make every class count!


3. Extensive Support Services

We offer financial aid, including


first-year free and fee waiver programs, and extra assistance, including financial, academic, and personal support services, to first-time college students, international students, disabled students, veterans, and others.


Need a little extra help to succeed? We are here for you.



4. Friendly, Supportive Community

Meet teachers who have your best interests at heart, staff who want to see you get ahead, and fellow students from San Diego and around the world.


Everyone should have the support they need to succeed at college.


5. Calming, Park-Like Campus

Located in the hills of Rancho San Diego, in East San Diego County on 52 acres, you'll experience wide open spaces and plenty of outdoor parks and benches to dine, relax with friends, and study. A calming, welcoming environment for everyone.


More Reasons to Choose Cuyamaca College

  • It's FREE to apply.
  • First-year free and fee waiver programs.
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) region of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).
  • Low cost; less expensive than university.
  • Beautiful, park-like campus on 52 acres of rolling hills in Rancho San Diego, East County.