Grossmont College / ACE Program El Cajon CA

Grossmont College / ACE Program

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Tuition

    $1,000—$5,000 Session

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    English Language (ESL)

  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification

    CEA, EnglishUSA Member, WASC

  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, Apartment

  • Social Media

ACE Prepares You for College and University Transfer

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 via Conditional Enrollment (TOEFL waiver).

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 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 Click on the link that says "Classes, Schedule, and Program Cost."

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, and TOEFL. ACE class sizes are small, which allows for more individualized instruction.

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 have master's degree or higher in TESOL or applied 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 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 ($2,995 for 14-week session or $1,675 for 8-week summer session) will be due no later than the first day of the session (orientation day). The ACE application and additional program information can be accessed on our website at: Click on the link that says "How to Apply."

Grossmont College Conditional Enrollment

When you successfully complete an ACE session and achieve a TOEFL iBT score of 45 or an Institutional TOEFL score of 450, you are eligible to enroll in credit courses at Grossmont College.

ACE also offers Conditional Enrollment to Grossmont College. If you fulfill the following Conditional Enrollment requirements during an ACE session, you are eligible to enroll at Grossmont without the TOEFL score. With Conditional Enrollment, you have demonstrated that you have the English proficiency and study skills necessary to succeed in college.

To meet the Conditional Enrollment standards, an ACE student must have:

  1. earned a combined grade point average of 3.0, and
  2. taken the Grossmont College ESL Assessment Test and placed into ESL 103 or higher. (The ESL Assessment Test is administered to ACE students at the end of each session.)

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 Program
8800 Grossmont College Drive
El Cajon CA 92020
P: 619-644-7293
2yr/Community College
  • Accounting
  • Art History
  • Arts and Design
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Business English
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary
  • Digital Recording Arts
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • English Language (ESL)
  • Forensic Science
  • General Management
  • Geography
  • Geological Sciences
  • Graphics/Multimedia & Web Design
  • Health and Wellness
  • History
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Hospitality Business Management
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  • Journalism
  • Liberal Arts
  • Marine Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Media and Information Studies
  • Medical/Dental
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Online Teaching and Learning
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Summer Intensive English
  • Technology/Computers
  • Telecommunication and Media
  • Theatre
  • TOEFL and Test Preparation
  • University Transfer
  • Video and Audio Production
  • Vocational Career
Certificate/Short Term
  • Arts and Design
  • Business English
  • English Language (ESL)
  • Medical/Dental
  • Nursing
  • Summer Intensive English
  • Technology/Computers
  • TOEFL and Test Preparation
  • University Transfer
  • Vocational Career
  • Business English
  • English Language (ESL)
  • Online Teaching and Learning
  • Summer Intensive English
  • Technology/Computers
  • TOEFL and Test Preparation
  • University Transfer
  • Vocational Career
English Programs
  • Business English
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • English Language (ESL)
  • Intensive English
  • Summer Intensive English
  • TOEFL and Test Preparation

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