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College of San Mateo, College of San Mateo

Address: 1700 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94402, United States

Description College of San Mateo, College of San Mateo

  • Established: 1922
  • Location: San Mateo, California, USA
  • Students age: from 16 years.
  • Number of students: 10,000 people
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type of training: state college.

San Mateo College is located in the northern corridor of Silicon Valley on a beautiful 153-acre site in the San Mateo Hills, with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay. The college is surrounded by giants of the tech industry: in the north, in San Francisco - Reddit, Instagram, Twitter and Zynga; in San Mateo County - Genentech and Oracle; to the south are the high-tech legends CSM, Apple, Google, HP and Facebook.

Since 1922, the College of San Mateo has been opening the door to higher education, helping students to receive high-quality academic, professional training, professional and personal development. The curriculum offers traditional, continuous, and short courses in addition to distance learning, associate degrees, transfer programs, and short term certifications.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in College of San Mateo, College of San Mateo

Program name
from 18 452 $ / year

University Pathway Program

  • The minimum level of English is Advanced.

The OHLA University Study Program allows international students to automatically enroll in multiple university programs throughout the United States. A team of experts prepares students for university studies, guides students towards successful admission.

Pathway provides students with the opportunity to prepare for college by getting information, doing exercises that make academic requirements clear, and removing common barriers that can stunt student progress. Topics: resources, teaching methods, writing skills, critical thinking skills, motivation, self-efficacy. Particular attention is paid to group work, mutual learning.

Training program:

  • Acquaintance with other students, staff and teachers, developed support network before starting training at CSM
  • Getting to know the campus and its valuable resources
  • Obtaining 1 college loan.
from 3 480 $ / semester

Associate Degree (2 Years Course)

  • Accounting
  • Addiction Studies
  • Admin of justice
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Automotive Technology
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Building Inspection Technology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Business Office Technology
  • Communication Study
  • Computer science
  • Cosmetology
  • Dental Assisting
  • Digital art and animation
  • Digital media
  • Drafting Technology
  • Economics
  • Education / Child Development
  • Electrical Apprenticeship
  • Electronics Technology
  • Energy Systems Technology Management
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Science And Technology
  • Ethic Design
  • Fashion Design And Merchandising
  • Film
  • Fire Technology
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Health Science
  • History
  • Human Services
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Interior design
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Latin American And Latino / a Studies
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Assistance
  • Music
  • Network Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Paralegal
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physical science
  • Physics
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Real Estate
  • Respiratory Care
  • Social studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Surgical Careers
  • Theater Arts.

Accommodation, housing and food

San Mateo College in Silicon Valley offers safe, affordable, quality homestay services for international students.

Benefits of accommodation with a host family:

  • Immersion in American culture
  • Improving knowledge of English
  • Safe and supportive family environment
  • Homestay is a lot cheaper than self-renting an apartment in the Bay Area.

Accommodation cost:

  • Private room - $ 1475 (2 meals a day)
  • Private room - $ 1175 (no meals)
  • Double room - $ 1075 (2 meals a day)
  • Double room - $ 775 (no meals).

Events College of San Mateo, College of San Mateo

  • Students on campus complement classroom learning through student self-government, 20+ student clubs, various educational, cultural events.
  • San Mateo College hosts championships for sports teams.


  • Active minds
  • Alpha Gamma Sigma
  • Architectural Club
  • Republican Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Democratic Club
  • Cinema club
  • Electronic dance music club
  • EOPS Club
  • ESL Club
  • Japanese Culture Club
  • Katipunan (Filipino Club)
  • Medical Scientists
  • Miles of Smiles family club
  • More than a music club
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Association of Nursing Students
  • Puente Latinx Club
  • Robotics club
  • Safe Zone Alliance
  • America's veteran students
  • Writing project.


A vibrant campus life complements classroom learning: leadership development, student government, over 20 student clubs, educational and cultural events.

  • CSM offers a wide range of academic support services: scholarships, consultations, translation, tutoring, medical services.
  • San Mateo College is # 1 in university transfer rates.
  • First-class STEM education, internship opportunities in Silicon Valley.
  • San Mateo College is proud of its championship sports teams.
  • Conditional admission to top universities.
  • Global Beca & Aspiring Alumni Scholarships.
  • Safe campuses.
  • Intensive English program.
  • Homestay organization.

Equipment College of San Mateo, College of San Mateo

College of San Mateo offers students the services of Learning Support Centers, laboratories:

  • Laboratory of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Business center
  • Computer lab
  • Center for the Study of Communications
  • Learning Center
  • Digital Media Computer Lab
  • Integrated Science Center
  • Mathematical resource center
  • Nursing Skills Lab
  • ESL Center
  • Learning Support Centers (LSC) Coordinating Committee.

The San Mateo Library supports students' academic and professional learning needs by providing advice, material and technical resources. The printed collection contains about 71,000 volumes, 125 subscriptions to periodicals, 17,000 online periodicals available through electronic databases. Over 60 online resources provide access to thousands of magazines and newspapers. It houses college archives, including the History of Photography Project (PHILP), which helps preserve and make available the print and visual history of CSM and other colleges in San Mateo County.

San Mateo Bookstore was established in 1963 as part of SMCCD Bookstores, a non-profit, San Mateo County Community College support service to help and serve the educational activities of San Mateo College and its neighbors. It is a convenient place to purchase books, school supplies, equipment, other services and goods to achieve your educational goals.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Applications from Outside the United States (Applicants applying to enter the United States with an F-1 visa) - August 3.

Estimated costs:

  • Registration fee - 552 $ / sem.
  • Medical insurance - 650 $ / sem.
  • Accommodation in the residence + meals - $ 5375 / sem.
  • Miscellaneous, books and supplies - $ 2488 / sem.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

  • Application fee - 50 $
  • Bank letter or bank statement indicating funds in the amount of at least $ 25,400 no earlier than 3 months before the date of application
  • Transcript from high schools or colleges with English translation
  • A copy of a valid passport.

Proof of English proficiency:

  • TOEFL iBT - 56
  • IELTS Band - 5.5
  • Duolingo - 85
  • PTE Academic - 42
  • Aiken's score is 2A.

Scholarships College of San Mateo, College of San Mateo

A limited number of one-time and renewable scholarships are available to incoming international students. The amount of the scholarship is from $ 250 to $ 3000.

Applications must be submitted no later than July 1 for the fall semester, November 15 for the spring semester.

Scholarships are in demand: please submit all required paperwork to avoid delay or rejection. It may take 1-2 months for the committee to review the application and make a decision, so prospective students are advised to apply in advance.

Top 10 Scholarships for Students of the College of San Mateo:

  1. Rotary Club San Mateo - $ 2800.
  2. Bonnie Chastain Scholarship - $ 2,000
  3. Carlen & Jim Morris Scholarship - $ 2,000
  4. Ken Hamilton and Jessica Diane Memorial Scholarship - $ 2,000.
  5. Susan Duckworth Memorial Fund - $ 2,000.
  6. George & Catherine Pomeroy Scholarship - $ 1253
  7. SMCCCD Continuing Students Scholarship - 1000-2000 $
  8. Swinerton Scholarship - $ 1000
  9. Donalid Merilat Scholarship - $ 1000
  10. Hamilton Scholarship Fund - $ 1000.

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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