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Grossmont College / ACE American Collegiate English

Fast Facts

  • School Size

    Medium

  • Tuition

    $1,000—$5,000 Semester

  • Affiliation

    Public

  • Type of School

    2yr/Community College

  • Student Body Gender

    Co-ed

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students

    No

  • Conditional Admission Available

    Yes

  • Top Programs

    Business, Summer Intensive English, English for Academic Purposes

  • Setting

    Suburban

  • Accreditation and Certification

    CEA, EnglishUSA Member, WASC , ACCJC

  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, Apartment

  • Social Media

San Diego's Affordable Academic Path:  Start at ACE. Earn a certificate or 2-year degree at Grossmont College. Transfer to a 4-year University.

American Collegiate English (ACE) is an intensive English program that prepares international students to attend Grossmont College and other prestigious institutions of higher education. ACE students may transfer to Grossmont College without a TOEFL score.

Grossmont College is a two-year public community college. Students can earn a Certificate or 2-year Associate Degree in their field of study. After two years of study at Grossmont, students may transfer to a university to complete a 4-year Bachelor Degree (2+2 program) or work in their field of study.

ACE and Grossmont College Schedule and Classes

ACE offers 14-week sessions beginning in August and January, and an intensive 8-week session beginning in June. The specific start and end dates can be found at www.grossmont.edu/ace. Click on the link that says "Classes / Schedule / Costs."

Each session consists of twenty hours per week of English instruction in academic writing and reading, grammar, vocabulary, listening and speaking including pronunciation and presentation skills, college success, and career exploration. ACE class sizes are small, which allows for more individualized instruction.

You can start at Grossmont College in August (Fall Semester) or January / February (Spring Semester). Semesters are 16 weeks. Your class schedule is flexible.

Guaranteed Admission to Grossmont College

When you successfully complete an ACE session and fulfill the academic requirements in your ACE coursework, you are eligible to enroll in credit courses at Grossmont College.

At the end of an ACE session, you may enroll in Grossmont College classes when you have:

  1. earned a combined grade point average of 3.0, OR
  2. taken the Grossmont College ESL Assessment Test and placed into ESL 105 or higher.

Grossmont College’s American Collegiate English (ACE) program provides international students with intermediate-level English instruction and TOEFL waiver to Grossmont College. The ACE program offers three different start times throughout the year. Sessions are 14 or 8 weeks long and can be combined with other sessions. Classes focus on communication skills, grammar, academic writing, reading, vocabulary, college success, and career exploration.

Why Choose ACE and Grossmont College?

Personalized Service – The International Student Office has full-time counselors and specialists to help you meet your educational goals. 

Excellent Teachers - Faculty are selected for their expert teaching ability and dedication to students. All ACE instructors are college professors with master's degrees in TESOL or linguistics.

Transfer Opportunities - Grossmont College transfers more international students to San Diego State University and UCSD than any other San Diego area community college.

Low Cost - Complete the first two years of a Bachelor's degree at Grossmont College for less than half the cost than at a 4-year institution.

Fun Activities – ACE and Grossmont students may participate in International Student Club activities including movie nights, beach days, UC campus tours, and kayaking in San Diego Bay.

Location, location, location – Grossmont College is a safe, suburban, park-like campus only 15 minutes to downtown San Diego, 20 minutes to beautiful beaches, and 45 minutes to the mountains. 

ACE and Grossmont College Application Process

In order to study at ACE, students will need an F-1 (student) visa. Students may obtain this visa from a U.S. consulate/embassy in their country after receiving an I-20 from our program.  

To enroll in the ACE Program, the following documents are needed:

  • ACE application
  • copy of the student's passport
  • copy of the student's high school diploma or transcripts
  • financial statement (which states the student’s sponsor has $14,000 in the bank)
  • non-refundable application fee ($125)

When we receive all of the above, we will send the student an I-20. The full tuition is due on the first day of the session (orientation day). The ACE application and additional program information can be accessed on our website at: www.grossmont.edu/ace. Click on the link that says "How to Apply."

Students with English proficiency may apply directly to Grossmont College at www.grossmont.edu/international. There is no application fee.

Over 150 Majors at Grossmont College include

Administration of Justice
Art
Business Administration
Computer Science
Hospitality and Tourism Management
International Business
Marketing
Mathematics (Pre-Engineering)
Media Communications
Music
Nursing 
University Transfer Studies

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Grossmont College / ACE American Collegiate English
8800 Grossmont College Drive
El Cajon CA 92020
P: 619-644-7293
English Programs
  • American Conversational English
  • Bridge Programs
  • Business English
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • English Language (ESL)
  • General English Programs
  • Intensive English as a Second Language
  • Intensive Language & Culture
  • Summer Intensive English
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • TESOL and Teacher Training
  • TOEFL and University Preparation
2yr/Community College - 2+2 Programs
  • Accounting
  • Acting & Performing Arts
  • Advertising
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Arts and Design
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Arts/Music Camps & Programs
  • Astrophysics and Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Business
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  • Cardiovascular Technology
  • Ceramics
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Civil Engineering
  • College Transfer
  • Communication
  • Composition
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • Culinary
  • Cyber Security
  • Dance
  • Digital Arts
  • Digital Recording Arts
  • Disability Services Management
  • Economics
  • EKG-ECG Technology/Telemetry
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English Language (ESL)
  • English Literature
  • Executive and Professional
  • Exercise Science
  • Film Studies
  • Foreign Language Teaching
  • Forensic Science
  • General English Programs
  • General Management
  • Geography
  • Geological Sciences
  • Graphics/Multimedia & Web Design
  • Health and Wellness
  • Health Education
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Hospitality Business Management
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • Internships
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Literature in English
  • Management and Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media and Information Studies
  • Medical Assistant
  • Music
  • Music Composition
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthopedic Technology
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Prenursing
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Sports
  • Studio Art
  • Summer Intensive English
  • Technology/Computers
  • Telecommunication and Media
  • Theatre
  • TOEFL and University Preparation
  • University Transfer
  • Video and Audio Production
  • Video Game Design
  • Vocational Career
Bachelor Degree
  • Accounting
  • Acting (BFA)
  • Acting & Performing Arts
  • Advertising
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aeronautical Science
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Studies
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Animal Science
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel and Textile Design
  • Applied Business (Entrepreneurship)
  • Applied Business (Management)
  • Applied Business (Marketing)
  • Applied Business Innovation
  • Applied Engineering Sciences
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Arts and Design
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Astrophysics
  • Astrophysics and Astronomy
  • Aviation
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Laboratory Science
  • Biosystems Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Business Information Systems
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication
  • Composition
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Dietetics
  • Digital Recording Arts
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • English
  • English Literature
  • Entomology
  • Environment Development
  • Environmental Biology/Microbiology
  • Environmental Studies and Sustainability
  • Fashion
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Food Industry Management
  • Food Science
  • Foreign Language Teaching
  • Forensic Science
  • Forestry
  • General Management
  • Genetics
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Geological Sciences
  • Global & Area Studies
  • Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities
  • Graphics/Multimedia & Web Design
  • Health and Wellness
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Hospitality Business Management
  • Human Biology
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Human Nutrition
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Law
  • Liberal Arts
  • Linguistics
  • Literature in English
  • Marine Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Mass Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media and Information Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Music
  • Music Composition
  • Natural Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physics
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Plant Biology
  • Political Science
  • Premedical
  • Prenursing
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Serious Game Design & Research
  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Special Education
  • Special Needs/Learning Disabilities
  • Sports
  • Sports Administration
  • Sports Management
  • Statistics
  • STEM
  • Studio Art
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Teaching English Language
  • Technology/Computers
  • Telecommunication and Media
  • Theatre
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Veterinary Technology
  • Video Game Design
  • Vocational Career
  • Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation
  • Women's and Gender Studies
  • World Languages and Culture
  • Zoology
Certificate/Short Term
  • Acting & Performing Arts
  • American Sign Language/ASL
  • Arabic
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Composition
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • Culinary
  • Cyber Security
  • Dance
  • EKG/Telemetry
  • English Language (ESL)
  • Executive and Professional
  • Exercise Science
  • Foreign Language Teaching
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • General English Programs
  • General Management
  • Geographic Information Science
  • German
  • Graphics/Multimedia & Web Design
  • Health and Wellness
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Hospitality Business Management
  • International Business
  • Internships
  • Japanese
  • Management and Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Media and Information Studies
  • Medical Assistant
  • Musical Theatre
  • Orthopedic Technology
  • Photography
  • Retail Management
  • Russian
  • Science
  • Security Management
  • Software Engineering
  • Spanish
  • Summer Intensive English
  • Technology/Computers
  • Telecommunication and Media
  • Telemetry
  • Theatre
  • University Preparation
  • University Transfer
  • Video and Audio Production
  • Vocational Career
Summer
  • English Language (ESL)
  • General English Programs
  • Summer Intensive English

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