Grossmont College / ACE American Collegiate English

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $1,000—$5,000 Semester

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    2yr/Community College

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Business, Summer Intensive English, English for Academic Purposes

  • Setting


  • 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 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: Click on the link that says "How to Apply."

Students with English proficiency may apply directly to Grossmont College at There is no application fee.

Over 150 Majors at Grossmont College include

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

Grossmont College / ACE American Collegiate English

8800 Grossmont College Drive
El Cajon CA 92020
P: 619-644-7293
CEA EnglishUSA Member
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