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College of San Mateo Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how College of San Mateo ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is College of San Mateo Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

College of San Mateo was awarded 13 badges in the 2021 rankings.

Overall Quality

CSM was not ranked in College Factual's Best Overall Colleges report this year. This may be because not enough data was available.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CSM?

Acceptance Rate

Returning adults and other non-traditional students may appreciate the fact that College of San Mateo has an open admissions policy. This means that you'll only have to submit basic materials, which may include proof that you completed high school or an equivalent program.

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College of San Mateo Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At College of San Mateo, this rate is 29 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at College of San Mateo is 45%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  45 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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Good Overall Diversity at CSM

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,263 undergraduates at CSM with 2,479 being full-time and 6,784 being part-time.

CSM Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for CSM is 83.97 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  83.97 out of 100
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How Much Does College of San Mateo Cost?

The overall average net price of CSM is $1,302. 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 +
$246 $1,169 $4,630 $6,378 $9,316

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 0% of students took out student loans averaging $6,103 a year. That adds up to $24,412 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSM is 7.9%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from CSM make about $40,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. 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.


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Location of College of San Mateo

Located in San Mateo, California, College of San Mateo is a public institution. The city atmosphere of San Mateo makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Location of College of San Mateo

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.

Online Learning at CSM

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 2,318 students took at least one online class at College of San Mateo. This is an increase from the 2,304 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 2,318 1,045
2016-2017 2,304 1,135
2015-2016 1,960 866
2014-2015 191 56
2013-2014 199 70

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