College of San Mateo

San Mateo, CA 94402
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The College of San Mateo is a two-year community college located in San Mateo, California. This school serves around 10,000 different students and it has many different programs. Students will be able to pursue over 70 associate's degree programs and nearly as many certificate programs. It makes the educational process as convenient as possible for all of its students, too. This school offers many options for schooling times including day classes, night classes, and weekend classes. It was originally established in 1922 and has been providing students with high-quality educational opportunities for decades.

Students will be able to pursue an Associate's Degree in Nursing at this community college. There is also a one-year LVN-RN program for students to consider. This program is quite popular and has been helping many prospective nurses to find lucrative careers for many years now. The school nursing program is fully accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing. All of these programs are eligible for transfer to a four-year school as well, making it possible to further your education and gain a higher degree in the future. This program is capable of providing students with learning opportunities through experiences at local hospitals, community health agencies, and more. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students9,263
Student to Faculty Ratio29:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate70%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Certificate 0 0
Associate's degree 6 36
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 79.6%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
01/01/1952 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$46/credit
In State Students$46/credit
Out of State Students$215/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $2,070 $2,070 $9,675
ADN 70 $3,220 $3,220 $15,050
BSN 125 $5,750 $5,750 $26,875
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 33% of College of San Mateo's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 16% $4,535
Other Federal Grant 9% $386
State Grant & Scholarships 30% $1,769
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 6% $1,127
Federal Student Loans -- $7,319
Private Loans -- --


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$534
$30,001 to $48,000$1,763
$48,001 to $75,000$4,564
$75,001 to $110,000$5,957
Over $110,000--

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Black/African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Race/ethnicity unknown

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.
College of San Mateo
1700 W Hillsdale Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402

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