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Study at College of San Mateo

College of San Mateo, popularly called CSM, is a community college founded in 1922. The sprawling campus stretches out across 153 acres in the hills of San Mateo. Each semester, over 11, 000 students are enrolled in this college. CSM offers more than 90 majors and certificate programs, over 80 associate's degrees, and several hundred transfer areas. The College has 6 academic divisions:
  • Business/ Technology
  • Creative Arts/ Social Science
  • Language Arts
  • Math/ Science
  • Physical Education/ Athletics/ Dance
  • Coastside/ Special Projects
The athletics teams of CSM are known as the Bulldogs. Team sports include men's baseball, football, swimming, cross-country and track and field, and women's basketball, softball, track and field, water polo, swimming and cross country.

Profile of College of San MateoCollege of San Mateo is found in San Mateo, California. San Mateo is a small city. The school is a public institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Associate's degree at College of San Mateo.

College of San Mateo Selectivity

The school accepts all qualified applicants under its open-admission rules. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.

The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at College of San Mateo is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

Students numbered 10, 516 in 2007 at the school. A large number of students at College of San Mateo are 40 years old or older.

College of San Mateo Tuition and AffordabilityThe school is a relative bargain, with lower tuition and fees than most schools offering similar degrees.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"College of San Mateo, the first community college in San Mateo County, is an open-access, student-focused, teaching and learning institution which serves the diverse educational, economic, social and cultural needs of the community. By offering comprehensive, quality programs and services, College of San Mateo educates students to participate successfully in a changing world. "College of San Mateo Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts183liberal arts and sciences, social services, Japanese language, German language, Spanish language, Chinese language, speech and rhetoric, foreign languages and literature, . . .
Business and Management104accounting, business management, business, retail, sales, sales and marketing, taxation, insurance
Nursing and Emergency Medicine72registered nursing
Security and Law Enforcement62fire-fighting, criminal justice and police
Construction Trades61electrician, plumbing, building inspector
Beauty and Cosmetology33cosmetology
Mechanics and Repair27electrical installation and repair, avionics maintenance, communications install and repair
Medical Support and Technology22dental assistant
Family and Social Work22human services, family studies
Science16biology, physics, chemistry, geology, physical sciences
Design14graphic design
Computer Science and Engineering13computer programming, system administration, web design, computer science, computer graphics, computer networking
Landscaping and Horticulture13landscaping, floristry, plant nursery
Therapy and Counselling10substance abuse Counselling
Engineering Technician8HVAC tech, drafting, engineering technology
Real Estate and Construction Management8real estate
office and Administration7administrative assistant
Production Trades7welding
Medicine6medical preparatory
Media3digital communications, journalism, radio and television
Photography and Commercial Art2film studies, photography, commercial art, drawing
Art Studies0art studies
Science and Laboratory Technician0biology tech
Medical administration0community health
Architecture and Planning0architectural tech
Contact: College of San MateoCollege of San Mateo

1700 W Hillsdale Blvd

San Mateo, California 94402-3784

General Phone: (650) 574-6161


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