community colleges in san diego & imperial counties

Cuyamaca College

El Cajon

Situated on 165 rolling acres in scenic Rancho San Diego, Cuyamaca College opened in 1978 and serves almost 10,000 students each semester. The school in eastern San Diego County offers 91 degree programs and 74 certificates. Cuyamaca College has renowned career education programs in automotive technology, ornamental horticulture, computer and information science, and engineering.

Grossmont College

El Cajon

Grossmont College, located on a 135-acre mesa in northwest El Cajon, has been a vital part of the community since 1961. Grossmont serves almost 19,000 full- and part-time students per semester, and offers 95 degree and 73 certificate programs. Grossmont College has highly regarded career education programs in culinary arts, nursing and health, and law enforcement.

Imperial Valley College


In 1962, a handful of people gathered on a 160-acre plot of land in Imperial, CA. It was the first day of classes for what would become Imperial Valley College. Today, 9,000 students learn across dozens of degree, certificate and career education programs each semester. Over the past decade, Imperial Valley College has continued major modernization programs, including construction of state-of-the-art Career Education buildings and labs, and establishment of innovative educational partnerships.

MiraCosta College


The MiraCosta Community College District includes Oceanside, Carlsbad, La Costa, Encinitas, Olivenhain, Rancho Santa Fe, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar, and Carmel Valley. With its coastal location, beautiful campuses, and strong academic programs, MiraCosta College attracts students from throughout San Diego County, the state, and the country as well as from abroad. Founded in 1934, today, MiraCosta is one of a handful of California community colleges that offers a bachelor’s degree. Nearly 15,000 students take class each semester, including military members and veteran community.

Palomar College

San Marcos

Palomar College is a public, two-year community college. Its main campus is located approximately 30 miles north of downtown San Diego, in San Marcos, California. Palomar enrolls nearly 30,000 full-time and part-time students and gives you the opportunity to choose from over 200 associate degrees, complete certificate training programs, and enjoy career education classes for lifelong learning.

San Diego City College

Downtown San Diego

For more than 100 years, City College has been a public, two-year community college serving as the educational cornerstone of downtown San Diego. The college covers 60 acres, taking up 20% of downtown’s footprint. By the numbers, the school offers 250 majors and certificate programs, and conducts 1,500 classes each semester for more than 17,000 students. Explore career education at City College.

San Diego Continuing Education

Across San Diego

Founded in 1914, SDCE is the adult education division of the San Diego Community College District. SDCE provides accessible, equitable, and innovative quality education across more than 70 programs and thousands of free classes. Programs are available at seven campuses in San Diego from the Barrio Logan community in the south, to Miramar in the north. Students also attend classes at over 200 community locations.

San Diego Mesa College

Clairemont Mesa

As one of California’s largest community colleges, Mesa College ranks as San Diego’s top transfer institution, with small classes, award-winning faculty, and a reputation as the leading college of equity and excellence. Conveniently located in central San Diego, Mesa offers Career Education programs in fields such as allied health, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), business, multimedia, hospitality, culinary arts, fashion, architecture, and interior design along with a four-year baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management.

San Diego Miramar College

Mira Mesa

Founded in 1969, and located in Mira Mesa, Miramar College enrolls 15,000 students annually, in both online and on-campus classes. The school offers 117 degrees and certificates across 16 career education programs. Partnerships with local industries help prepare students for high-demand and well-paying jobs in the highly-competitive labor market, including biotechnology, paralegal, aviation, automotive, diesel and advanced transportation and energies.

Southwestern College

Chula Vista

Since its inception in 1961, Southwestern College has shaped the lives of hundreds of thousands of South County students through higher education. Nestled on a 156-acre campus in the heart of Chula Vista, the school provides a supportive environment, with over 320 associate degree and certificate programs available for a highly diverse traditional and non-traditional student population. Whether your goal is a certificate, degree, transferring to a four-year college, or pursuing career education, SWC offers extensive opportunities to meet educational, career and personal improvement goals with five locations throughout the South Bay.

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