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
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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.


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?

12 Students rated College of San Mateo

Julianne - 04/26/2023

The College of San Mateo has a lot of great resources for its students. In regards to ethnic groups on campus, we have so many communities for different identities such as Filipinx, Pacific Islander, Black & African American, Latinx, Chinese, Japanese, and more associations for international students that attend. Personal Counseling as well as Health and Wellness resources are extremely accessible to students. There are also programs on-campus such as Sparkpoint that work to assist students with issues like food insecurity, housing crises, and tax assistance. The counselors and advisors at the school truly care about their students.

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.


Because of its central location, College of San Mateo is above average for a community college and is in a beautiful location right off highway 92 with very well kept buildings and landscaping. Academics should not be expected to be an easy pass just because of its junior college status. Every single one of my professors I have had has been easily accessible and eager to help. I haven't encountered a single "bad" professor, and better yet they treat their student's as competent adults, not like high schoolers or kids to be babysat. If you are intent on learning, there are great opportunities to be found at CSM.

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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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.

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