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College of San Mateo Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on College of San Mateo, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is College of San Mateo Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

College of San Mateo was awarded 257 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is nursing.

Overall Quality

CSM landed the #497 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

CSM also holds the #83 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

See all of the rankings for College of San Mateo.

Is It Hard to Get Into CSM?

Acceptance Rate

Since College of San Mateo has an open admissions policy, being accepted to the school isn't that hard. However, a full basic things - such as a high school diploma or equivalent - may be required. Also, go over your application to make sure it is complete before you submit it.

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College of San Mateo Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at College of San Mateo is 19 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at College of San Mateo is 46%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  46 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at College of San Mateo

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at College of San Mateo is 70%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  70 out of 100

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College of San Mateo Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,494 undergraduates at CSM with 1,342 being full-time and 6,152 being part-time.

How Much Does College of San Mateo Cost?

The overall average net price of CSM is $1,239. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for CSM

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$22 $799 $4,577 $5,888 $6,974

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of CSM, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At CSM, approximately 1% of students took out student loans averaging $4,413 a year. That adds up to $17,652 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSM is 6.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do CSM Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from CSM make around $40,700 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at College of San Mateo make the most money.

Location of College of San Mateo

College of San Mateo is a public institution situated in San Mateo, California. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for CSM are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1700 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94402-3784
Phone: 650-574-6161

College of San Mateo Majors

Learn more about the majors offered at College of San Mateo along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

This is a decrease from the 2,319 students who took online classes the previous year.

Learn more about online learning at College of San Mateo.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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