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About CSM

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, career preparation and advancement, and professional and personal development.The College currently serves approximately 10,000 day, evening and weekend students each fall and spring semester. CSM students reflect the diversity of the Bay Area and have a range of educational goals. To best serve our students, the curriculum offers a wealth of programs that include traditional, semester-length and short courses in addition to distance education.Students can experience a vibrant campus life to complement classroom learning that includes leadership development, student government, more than 30 student clubs and educational and cultural activities. CSM is proud of its championship intercollegiate athletic teams which compete at the highest community college level. Many student-athletes receive scholarships and continue at four-year institutions and numerous CSM athletes have gone on to professional careers.To ensure student success, CSM offers a comprehensive selection of academic support services. Resources include financial aid and scholarships, counseling, transfer services, tutoring, employment assistance, health services and child care, among many others.For more information about the college, visit Explore CSM. Guided campus tours can be scheduled on our Campus Tours page.

College Mission & Values Statements

College of San Mateo is committed to addressing the broad educational needs of the local and world community. We foster success and ensure equitable opportunities for all our students, while celebrating the diversity of our campus.


As a Hispanic Serving Institution, we are committed to creating a socially just campus climate wherein everybody is welcome and celebrated, and wherein everybody is an integral part of the campus. We believe that all students are entitled to a safe learning environment that celebrates their intersectional identities, fosters their agency, and develops their capacity for self-advocacy.

Academics CSM takes great pride in its commitment to academic excellence. Our goal is to facilitate
engaged, informed leadership and successful, satisfying careers for our students.
We see our campus as a vibrant hub of intellectual rigor and relevance. As such, we embrace mindful learning, information literacy, and independent thinking to ensure a dynamic, innovative workforce and transfer population.


Consistent with our commitment to equity, CSM strives for a vibrant, inclusive and safe college community. In support of this, we must recruit and retain a diverse faculty and staff and foster professional development informed by critical pedagogy and aligned with our college mission. Together, we aim to create an environment that fosters collegiality and empowers our students to reach their full potential inside and outside the classroom.


Because the college’s success is intricately linked to the collective wisdom and values of its students, faculty, staff, and administrators, we strive for an inclusive, collaborative, and transparent decision-making process and governance. To this end, we strive to ensure that communication is multidirectional and incorporates feedback from the entire campus community

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