College of San Mateo
San Mateo, CA 94402-3784


Type 2 year
Control Public
Campus size Medium
Campus locale Suburb
Degrees offered Undergrad only
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 9,048
Religious affiliation None
Open Admission
Student to faculty ratio 28:1
Campus housing No
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


College of San Mateo has an open admission policy. That means there is no standardized test or GPA requirements. Any high school graduate or GED certificate holder may get admission.

Tuition & Fees

College of San Mateo charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $6,244 and in-state students paid $1,344.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $7,496
In State Tuition
National Average = $3,466
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $7,623
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 39% of College of San Mateo's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 20% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,519 (which is 3.5% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at College of San Mateo in 2016-2017, was 3, which is -- of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $4,707 (which is 3.3% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,368
Federal Loan
National Average = $4,557
Financial aid
National Average = 79%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, College of San Mateo has enrolled a total of 9,048 students (2,469 students full-time and 6,579 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 9,048 students, 787 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 50% men and 50% women and all students were enrolled for undergraduate studies.

The institution also enrolled 866 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

Hispanic: 31%

White: 28%

Asian: 22%

Non-resident alien: 8%

Two or more races: 5%

Black/African American: 3%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 2%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at College of San Mateo.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 18% 988
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 16% 872
Social Sciences 8% 432
Health Professions And Related Programs 6% 311
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 6% 307
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 5% 280
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 4% 244
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 3% 193
Personal And Culinary Services 2% 131
Visual And Performing Arts 2% 87

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 30%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of College of San Mateo full-time students who started class in 2013 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $25,082

The typical median income of College of San Mateo graduates 6 years after enrollment is $27,300. Last year, out of the total 742 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 608 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 748 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 591 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $27,300 $38,700
Employment Rate 82% 79%
Total Graduates 742 748

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

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7.1 mile away
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14.6 mile away
College of Alameda
17.4 mile away
Laney College
18.5 mile away
Merritt College
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Ohlone College
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