Affordable education in the Bay Area

College Focus – College of San Mateo



Save money and celebrate this 100 year old school.

Dulce Bernal Ortiz, People editor

Are you in the search for an affordable college near the Bay Area? How about a small college that has a large history? Then the College of San Mateo is the place for you! It is a 2-year public community college located in San Mateo, California, in the northern corridor of Silicon Valley. It was established 100 years ago, on March 31, 1922, originally under the name San Mateo Junior College.

This college offers 79 AA/AS degree majors, 75 certificate programs, and 100 transfer areas and majors, which vary from accounting and administration of justice to economics and political science, as well as philosophy and sociology. Certificates are divided into two different types: a certificate of achievement (16 units or more) and a certificate of specialization (fewer than 16 units, but not state approved). AA and AS degrees are made for students who want a two-year degree or plan on transferring to a four-year college or university to work towards a bachelor’s degree. There is much more important information to cover, but all of this information can be found here:

In-state tuition and fees for College of San Mateo is around $1,344 and out-of-state tuition and fees are around $6,300, and there is no application fee. Fortunately, approximately 35% of undergraduates receive grants or scholarship aid, which is helpful for those who need more financial support. You can fill out the FAFSA form, which is recommended by many experts, as every year, thousands of dollars are being unclaimed by students.

Some of the most notable alumni from College of San Mateo include American politician Liz Figueroa, American violinist and actress Morcia Van Dyke, American television show host Merv Griffin, and American musician and singer Lindsey Buckingham.