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 Grossmont College 

Name: Grossmont College
President: Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh
City: El Cajon
State: CA
Type: Public
Campus Setting: Suburban/Large City
Year Established: 1961

Governing Board Website 

2015 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total: 18,159
Full Time: 36.0%
Part Time: 64.0%

Male: 44%
Female: 56%

African American: 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 8%
Hispanic: 33%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander: 0%
Non-resident alien: 3%
Race ethnicity/unknown: 1%
Two or more races: 7%
White: 41%


Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh

Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh

Grossmont College Board Chair

Bill Garrett
Board Chair

Quote from the President

“Throughout its 55-year tradition of academic excellence, Grossmont College has committed to providing an exceptional learning environment that supports and serves the increasingly diverse educational needs of San Diego’s East County region. We are changing lives through education by offering more than 150 degrees and certificates, and by partnering with area schools, industry and four-year universities to give Grossmont College students the best opportunity to develop and pursue their hopes and dreams, and to fulfill their potential.”

Interesting Facts

  • Grossmont College is the largest community college in San Diego’s East County region with approximately 20,000 students. It serves as the primary transfer feeder to the county’s largest state university.
  • Grossmont College offers more than 150 associate degree and certificate programs with such notable programs as administration of justice, healthcare professions (nursing, cardiovascular technology, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy assistant, orthopedic technology, EKG tech) and culinary arts.
  • Grossmont College serves as a hub for cultural and arts activities in the community with a symphony orchestra, master chorale and performing arts, including theatre and dance. The guitar program is the largest among California community colleges with more than 225 students enrolled in classes.
  • Grossmont’s 135-acre campus is located on a beautiful mesa with picturesque views in every direction. The campus is laid out with buildings and grounds situated in an academic village setting that surround the college’s Learning Resource Center and a central quad area.
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