College of San Mateo


College of San Mateo is located at the northern corridor of Silicon Valley and situated on a beautiful 153-acre site in the San Mateo hills that provides a panoramic view of San Francisco Bay. Since 1922, CSM has been a gateway to higher education leading to university transfer, and students can progress on to many leading US universities for the final two years of their degree.

CSM offers transfer admission guarantees with seven of the nine UC campuses, nearly all of the CSU campuses and many private colleges in California.



Available for international students


Available for international students

English on Сampus

Available for international students


"One of the best 2 year colleges in California. CSM students have a high rate of success transferring to university. The resources at CSM are excellent - tutoring, labs, remedial classes, counselors, teachers, library facilities. My classmates transferred to Berkeley, UCLA, Cal Poly, SJSU, SFSU, Chico, Davis , UCSB, UCSD. CSM is an excellent avenue to prep for university work at an affordable price."
"College of San Mateo does an excellent job encouraging students with their educational plan( whether transferring to a UC or CSU, or just guide them to help receive an AA) and career goals. The staff and faculty communicate well with students here on campus and are personally invested in helping make sure that students time at CSM has a purpose. As an ambassador who works for the campus, it's great to see students and faculty enjoying coming to work and school everyday. The campus is also very beautiful and has a great location, it is about 30 minutes away from the coast and about 45 minutes away from San Francisco. This is an amazing community college that students should defiantly attend!"


Art, Design & Media

Transfer Programs with progression to:

  • Animation / Illustration
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Art Studio
  • Design
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Media Arts and Technology
  • Theatre & Dance
  • Theatre, Film and Digital Production 
Business & Management

Transfer Programs with progression to:

  • Business Economics
  • Business Administration
Computer Science & IT

Transfer Programs with progression to:

  • Computer Science
  • Games & Playable Media
  • Graphic Design
Engineering & Technology

Transfer Programs with progression to:

  • Engineering
Environment & Agriculture

Transfer Programs with progression to:

  • Earth Science
  • East Asian Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geology
Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

Transfer Programs with progression to:

  • African Americen & African Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Asian American Studies
  • Black Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Chicana/Chicana Studies
  • Chinese
  • Cinema & Digital Media
  • Classical Civilization / Studies
  • Classics
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication
  • Comparative Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • English for Multilingual Students
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Feminist Studies
  • Film and Media Studies
  • French
  • Georgraphy
  • Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies
  • Geology
  • German
  • Global and International Studies
  • History
  • History of Art and Architecture
  • International Relations
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin American and Iberian Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Medieval & Early Modern Studies
  • Middle East / South Asia Studies
  • Music
  • Native American Studies
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Political Science - Administrative Studies
  • Political Science - International Affairs
  • Political Science - Public Service
  • Psychology
  • Radio-TV-Film
  • Religious Studies
  • Renaissance Studies
  • Russian
  • Science & Technology Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Statistics and Applied Probability
  • Theatre & Dance
  • Theatre, Film and Digital Production
Pharmacy, Health and Life Sciences

Transfer Programs with progression to:

  • Exercise and Sports Studies
Natural Science & Mathematics

Transfer Programs with progression to:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomolecular Science and Engineering
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematical Analytics & Operations Research
  • Mathematical & Scientific Computation
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Tuition & Cost

The costs listed below are an estimate based on what most students pay. The final price for tuition, housing and other expenses will vary based on program, English level, housing selection and other factors. For more exact pricing, please contact our advisors.
$ 56,550 Average cost per year
$ 30,550Tuition
$ 21,000Housing
$ 5,000Other

Available for international students

Required Documents

Below are the minimum documents required for our admissions team to conduct a review of your application to this institution. Additional documents may be required for specific programs or for the institution to issue you an unconditional letter of admission. Please contact an advisor for more information.

Passport Copy

English Test Result

School Transcript

Submission Deadlines

Fall 2022
Application Deadline:July 15, 2022
Program Start:August 22, 2022