B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Professors
    C+
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Safety
    B+
  5. Student Life
    B
  6. Location
    B+
College of San Mateo is ...
Public
Athletic Division
CCCAA
Athletic Conference
Address
1700 W Hillsdale Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402

Admissions

Cost

Net Price
$4,800/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $1,449/ year
  • $30-48k
    $2,082/ year
  • $49-75k
    $4,132/ year
  • $76-110k
    $5,754/ year
  • $110k+
    $8,391/ year

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
25:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.48 responses
49%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.43 responses
70%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.43 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,456Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
7%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
24%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
78%
National
83%

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I love CSM, so diverse in such a beautiful area with a view! The professors have helped guide me throughout my journey, and made such an impact on my knowledge and myself as a person. I made some amazing friends, more like a family, and was well connected with all parts of the campus. You feel so comfortable walking around as everybody around you is so friendly and non judgemental.
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The College of San Mateo is a wonderful school. On this campus you'll find that there are many resources for everyone. One of the best features of this school is the Learning Center. The LC is a large room located in the College Center where students can sign in and study. This Center provides the students with access to private study rooms, white boards and markers, computers, and much more. The students are very friendly and easy to talk to if you have questions about a class or just want to grab some lunch. There are many inclusive events where everyone is welcome to join. There are many options for food at CSM. There is a store, with lots of snacks and drinks. If you want more of a home cooked feeling to your meal you can walk right around the corner and get some pizza, pasta, or even make your own salad. Overall CSM is a great school for everyone and I recommend this school for it's outstanding academic help facilities and it's strong community.
I would definitely choose CSM if I had to do things over again. Counselors are nice, classes are fairly easy to get into and they evaluated my previous transcripts in a very timely manner. The student body is nice, welcoming and social. I've joined a few clubs and have found them helpful in the transfer process and also have given me priceless skills I can take away with me to a four year. Overall really happy here! I love all my classes but I would scope out the professors on ratemyprofessor.com before committing. Like any school, some professors are more effective teachers than others.