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College of San Mateo Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about College of San Mateo, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. 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?

2021 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 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

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

At College of San Mateo, the student to faculty ratio is 29 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

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 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 8,163 undergraduates at CSM with 2,193 being full-time and 5,970 being part-time.

CSM Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

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?

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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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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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.


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