College of San Mateo

1700 W Hillsdale Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402-3784
Tel: (650)574-6161
  • 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 8,935 students (25% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 43:1 is lower than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 70% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is more than the state average of 68%.
  • College of San Mateo is one of 3 community colleges within San Mateo County, CA.
  • The nearest community college is Canada College (7.30 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 207 teachers has declined by 22% over five years.
College of San Mateo (CA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 207 staff 86 staff
College of San Mateo Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 8,935 has declined by 14% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 43:1 has increased from 38:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.77 is more than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 6% over five years.
Total Enrollment 8,935 students 7,105 students
College of San Mateo Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 43:1 44:1
College of San Mateo Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 2,227 students 1,483 students
College of San Mateo Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 6,708 students 5,622 students
College of San Mateo Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
College of San Mateo Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
25%
13%
College of San Mateo Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
26%
37%
College of San Mateo Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
3%
7%
College of San Mateo Black (2007-2016)
% White
30%
32%
College of San Mateo White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
3%
-
College of San Mateo Hawaiian (2009-2013)
% Two or more races
6%
3%
College of San Mateo More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
2%
3%
College of San Mateo Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
5%
5%
College of San Mateo Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.77 0.73
College of San Mateo Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
16%
29%
College of San Mateo Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $44,000 $34,900
College of San Mateo Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,418 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 37% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,206 is less than the state average of $6,773. The out-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,418 $1,636
College of San Mateo In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,206 $6,773
College of San Mateo Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 50% 78%
College of San Mateo % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $4,500 $9,500
College of San Mateo Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $4,000 $5,500
College of San Mateo Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) 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.

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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,636 per year for in-state students and $6,773 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $18,655 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 85%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in California is Stanbridge University. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.