• 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 its students and the community. By offering comprehensive, quality programs and services and by measuring student learning, College of San Mateo educates students to participate successfully in a changing world.

School Highlights

College of San Mateo serves 7,494 students (18% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is lower than the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 74% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is equal to the state average of 74%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 7,494 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,418
  • Out-state tuition: $6,206
  • Student:teacher ratio: 21:1
  • Minority enrollment: 74%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

College of San Mateo ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 355 teachers has grown by 71% over five years.
College of San Mateo
(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
355 staff
308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of College of San Mateo has declined by 16% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has decreased from 43:1 over five years.
The College of San Mateo diversity score of 0.79 is more than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
7,494 students
5,216 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
21:1
22:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,342 students
1,660 students
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# Part-Time Students
6,152 students
6,239 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
412 students
302 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,342 students
1,580 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
54 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
6,152 students
6,239 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
10 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
20%
14%
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% Hispanic
31%
45%
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% Black
3%
5%
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% White
26%
26%
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% Hawaiian
3%
n/a
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% Two or more races
5%
4%
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% Non Resident races
11%
3%
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% Unknown races
1%
3%
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Diversity Score
0.79
0.70
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
5.35%
4.57%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.92%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$44,000
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,418 is more than the state average of $1,246. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,206 is less than the state average of $6,603. The out-state tuition has declined by 22% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,418
$1,246
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,206
$6,603
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
52%
86%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$12,000
$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$6,239
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • 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 its students and the community. By offering comprehensive, quality programs and services and by measuring student learning, College of San Mateo educates students to participate successfully in a changing world. College of San Mateo is part of the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD), along with Canda College in Redwood City and Skyline College in San Bruno. College of San Mateo is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does College of San Mateo cost?

College of San Mateo's tuition is approximately $1,418 for In-State students and $6,206 for Out-State students.

What is College of San Mateo's ranking?

College of San Mateo ranks among the top 20% of community college in California for: Diversity in US community colleges and Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 7,494 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,418
  • Out-state tuition: $6,206
  • Student:teacher ratio: 21:1
  • Minority enrollment: 74%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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