College Of San Mateo

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 & field, and women's basketball, softball, track & field, water polo, swimming and cross country.

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College of San Mateo
1700 W Hillsdale Blvd
San Mateo , CA 94402-3784
General Phone: (650) 574-6161

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College of San Mateo Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts240minority and gender studies, Chinese language, Japanese language, German language, French language, Italian language, Spanish language, American Sign Language, foreign languages and literature, ...
Business and Management129business, business management, accounting, taxation, insurance, sales and marketing, retail, sales
Security and Law Enforcement91criminal justice and police, fire-fighting
Nursing and Emergency Medicine89registered nursing
Beauty and Cosmetology45cosmetology
Family and Social Work31family studies, human services
Mechanics and Repair17electrical installation and repair, communications install and repair, avionics maintenance
Construction Trades17electrician, building inspector, plumbing
Medical Support and Technology15dental assistant, dental hygienist
Therapy and Counseling14substance abuse counseling
Photography and Commercial Art11commercial art, film studies, photography, drawing
Landscaping and Horticulture10landscaping, plant nursery, floristry
Design10graphic design
Engineering Technician9engineering technology, HVAC tech, drafting
Science7biology, physical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Computer Science and Engineering6computer programming, computer science, web design, computer graphics, computer networking, system administration
Medicine6medical preparatory
Media4journalism, radio and television, digital communications
Office and Administration3administrative assistant
Real Estate and Construction Management3real estate
Architecture and Planning1architectural tech
Science and Laboratory Technician1biology tech
Production Trades0welding
Medical Administration0community health
Art Studies0art studies

Number of programs and degrees for College of San Mateo in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year21219
Associate's degree41164
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years048
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years14112

College of San Mateo Student Body

In 2007-2008, College of San Mateo had a total enrollment of 10,516 students (5,563 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 38%
Black 4%
Hispanic 20%
Asian 26%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 7%
18-19 21%
20-21 15%
22-24 12%
25-29 12%
30-34 7%
35-39 6%
40-49 9%
50-64 9%
65+ 2%

College of San Mateo Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 66 %
Part-Time 40 %

College of San Mateo Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of San Mateo, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

College of San Mateo Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 610
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 5,152
Books and supplies $ 1,566

Financial Aid:
College of San Mateo participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 118100)

College of San Mateo Faculty

College of San Mateo has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1113
Non-tenured and not on tenure track109

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year0*3$103,188
All faculty totalcalendar year0*3$103,188

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year70$78,58281$82,577
All faculty totalacademic year70$78,58281$82,577

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

College of San Mateo Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architectural Technology/Technician

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Retailing and Retail Operations
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Selling Skills and Sales Operations

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Graphics
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
System Administration/Administrator
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Construction Trades
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector
Plumbing Technology/Plumber

Graphic Design

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Engineering Technology, General
Heating/AC/Refrigeration Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Human Services, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Plant Nursery Operations and Management

Liberal Arts
American Sign Language (ASL)
Chinese Language and Literature
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General

Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Community Health and Preventive Medicine

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Science And Laboratory Technician
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Fire Science/Fire-fighting

Therapy And Counseling
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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