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College of San Mateo

College of San Mateo

San Mateo , United States
San Mateo , United States
University Facts
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About University
College of San Mateo
College of San Mateo


  • Founded in 1922 as San Mateo Junior College
  • First community college in California
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Serves over 10,000 students annually
  • Offers over 100 associate degree and certificate programs

Student Life:

  • Extracurricular Activities:

    • Over 50 student clubs and organizations
    • Student government
    • Honor societies
    • Cultural events
  • Sports Teams:

    • 12 intercollegiate athletic teams
    • Member of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA)
  • Student Support Services:

    • Counseling and advising
    • Tutoring and academic support
    • Career services
    • Health and wellness services
  • Campus Facilities:

    • Library
    • Student center
    • Fitness center
    • Performing arts center


  • Academic Resources:

    • Over 100 full-time faculty members
    • Small class sizes
    • State-of-the-art classrooms and labs
  • Teaching Methodologies:

    • Emphasis on hands-on learning
    • Use of technology in the classroom
    • Collaborative learning environments
  • Academic Support Services:

    • Tutoring and academic support
    • Writing center
    • Math lab
  • Unique Academic Programs or Initiatives:

    • Honors program
    • Dual enrollment program with local high schools
    • Career and technical education programs

Top Reasons to Study Here:


    Consistently ranked among the top community colleges in California
  • Rankings:

    • 1 Community College in California by Niche (2023)

    • 1 Community College in the Bay Area by U.S. News & World Report (2023)

  • Specialized Facilities:

    • Biotechnology and Health Sciences Center
    • Advanced Manufacturing Center
    • Culinary Arts Center
  • Industry Connections:

    Partnerships with local businesses and industries
  • Notable Alumni:

    • Jerry Brown, former Governor of California
    • Gavin Newsom, current Governor of California
    • Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States


  • Counseling:

    • Academic counseling
    • Career counseling
    • Personal counseling
  • Health:

    • Student health center
    • Mental health services
  • Housing:

    • On-campus housing available
  • Library Resources:

    • Over 100,000 books and periodicals
    • Access to online databases and resources
  • Technology Support:

    • Free Wi-Fi on campus
    • Computer labs
    • Technical support
  • Career Development:

    • Career counseling
    • Job placement assistance
    • Internships and apprenticeships
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