About College of San Mateo

Founded in 1922, College of San Mateo. is a college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 9,048 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The College of San Mateo Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 28:1. There are 127 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at College of San Mateo include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate100%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at CSM are considered , with ,4% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at College of San Mateo.

College of San Mateo REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    4 Students rated on-campus housing 1.3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    5 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    9 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    10 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 60 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    10 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 60 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    10 Students rated school activities 3.7 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    9 Students rated local services 3.4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    10 Students rated academics 4.4 stars. 60 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of College of San Mateo?

11 Students rated College of San Mateo

Lauren - 04/10/2021

I really have enjoyed CSM. It definitely took some getting used to, but I'm so glad I went there. If you join extracurriculars that you are interested in, communicate with your professors, and put yourself out there, you will definitely have a great experience at CSM. The campus is beautiful, professors are (usually) there for you, and there is definitely an extracurricular activity for everyone:).

Jace - 11/28/2020

Being able to attend college for free is an appealing trait of San Mateo College. It offers a wide variety of classes in many domains, allowing me to explore and expand my horizons. My interests are able to be explored through the ease of access. I also enjoy their online format, which was in place before covid, and allows flexibility in my schedule.

Kayla

This college is truly a hidden gem. Perched among the Hillsborough hills and overlooking the San Francisco skyline and bay, this community college has better scenery than most universities. It is sunny approximately 9 days out of 10 here, and there are a variety of facilities for everyone's needs. About half of the buildings are brand new, while the other half aren't bad at all. The library is a good place to study and ask for help with research. There are multiple computer labs open to students, some with Macs and some with PC's. The math lab offers extensive tutoring services from both fellow students and professors, and the writing center offers helpful sessions/meetings with professors, among other services. The college center is home to a spectacular view, admissions/records, offices, a cafeteria, Starbucks, and the learning center, which offers tutoring for virtually every subject as well as a spot to study. The food isn't bad. A huge step up from high school, but definitely not a five star restaurant, as to be expected. There is a pretty good selection though: pizza, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, Mexican food, sushi at times. The Starbucks is also convenient, so is the snack store. In terms of academics, class sizes are reasonable, and for the most part, a lot smaller than similar classes at universities. Professors are understanding, approachable and accessible with a few bad apples thrown in. As long as you research who's popular/good before, you should be fine. Workload isn't bad. I managed 20 units one semester (chemistry and calculus among others) and made it out with a 4.0. That being said, it heavily depends on your own work ethic and the specific classes you take. Math/science/engineering is not easy no matter where you go. Some general ed courses are more demanding than others. Overall, I am so glad I chose CSM. You will not regret your choice to attend this school. It is affordable, convenient, and truly a remarkable place I am going to miss once I transfer.

Iris

College of San Mateo has a beautiful and well-kept campus with clean-cut grass. It's spacious but not so spacious that students will get lost. It's at the top of a hill/mountain so if one is looking for it, it's easy to find a beautiful view overlooking the peninsula. In the Academics apartment, CSM has some great professors who are all willing to help and hold office hours. Community college may have a bad rep, but when seeing and experiencing CSM, they're bound to say otherwise.

College of San Mateo FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at College of San Mateo?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for College of San Mateo is 100%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    College life isn't too far from high school life

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    They are all different ages and have their own cliques already.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    I love the campus. The weather is always nice and sunny and the campus has a lot of trees and is beautiful. It's always filled with people during the day and is full of life.

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  5. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    The College of San Mateo is a wonderful launching point for anyone interested in college career.

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  6. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    CSM is known for its great student life.

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  7. What are the academics like at your school?

    The academics is kinda similar to high school but on a college level.

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  8. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    My overall opinion of this school is that it's a very mellow school for those who are actually trying to get make their education a priority.

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  9. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    The envirnment of campus

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  10. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I consider the fact that my school has a small library with a limited amount of books and publications to be the worst thing. Indeed our library is very small, archaic and its business hours are very limited.

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  11. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anyone. This is school is great! Everyone is nice and respectful to each other, and there are many resources here to help you get the help you need to succeed academically!

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Nothing. I love this school !

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Student Body

Students

50%

female

50%

male

9,048

Total Undergrad Enrollment

N/A

Total Grad Students

1%

Out-Of-State

78%

In-State

21%

International

Organizations

N/A

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

No

On-Campus Housing

N/A

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
22%
% Black or African-American
3%
% Hispanic/Latino
31%
% White or Caucasian
28%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

39% of students attending College of San Mateo receive some sort of financial aid. 20% were awarded federal grants. While N/A received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$6,300

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,791

Books and Supplies

$12,492

Room and Board

20,583

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$1,139
$30 - $48K
$1,526
$48 - $75K
$4,180
$75 - $110K
$4,741
$110K & UP
N/A

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