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San Mateo is an above-average public college located in San Mateo, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,479 undergraduate students. The San Mateo acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business, and Social Science Research Methods. Graduating 41% of students, San Mateo alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,000.
About College of San Mateo...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
1700 W Hillsdale Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402
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Net Price
$4,384/ year
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $534/ year
  • $30-48k
    $1,763/ year
  • $49-75k
    $4,564/ year
  • $76-110k
    $5,957/ year
  • $110k+
    $8,391/ year
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of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.48 responses
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.44 responses
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.44 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,700/ year
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I love College of San Mateo's, and if it were a four year I would stay all four years to get my bachelors degree. I specifically love the dance program. I really love that the kinesiology department in general is so diverse. The professors within the kinesiology department are so giving of their time in and outside of class and are very accommodating to all their students from what I've experienced and seen. My other general education classes have also been pretty great for the most part. Teachers in general have been really understanding and helpful. The teachers that I've had have really striven to prepare me and other students for a four year college experience. Not all teachers are that great, but I believe I've gotten pretty lucky in getting great teachers. For the price I feel that I am getting a lot out of the community college experience!
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College of San Mateo is a great school! The counselors at CSM are so mindful of each students needs. The professors are somewhat hard but overall very understanding. I could just tell them "Hey, I'm stuck" and they will always work with me on on one instead of just turning me away. The environment is really fun! My peers were super chill and always willing to work together. Also, students are really connected especially with all the cool programs offered.
There are many aspects of CSM that I have appreciated. First, the campus is beautiful and well-kept. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. Whether you need to meet with a counsellor or want to speak to your professor, the interaction is usually pleasant! I have had a positive experience in just about every class I have taken at CSM. I highly recommend this school to those who are looking to spend a few years at community college.