Admissions & Records at College of San Mateo - How to Apply & Enroll
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Admissions & Records

How to Apply & Enroll

Step 1: Apply for Admission and Identify an Educational Goal

We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2019 (late start classes) and Summer/Fall 2019.
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New and returning students who have not taken a class within the San Mateo County Community College District for one or more years must complete the online admission application.

Students with an F1 Student Visa, please complete the International Student Application.

Distance Education Students: Distance Education students should contact Assessment Services for information on how to complete matriculation steps remotely.

High School Concurrent Enrollment Program
This program is for high school students who are considering taking college courses while still attending high school. Go to the College Connection Concurrent Enrollment Program website and follow the directions.

As part of completing the online admission application students identify an educational goal.

After you submit the online admission application:
  • Print the confirmation page.
  • Check your email (including the spam folder) for important information from CSM Admissions Office regarding your registration.
  • Your email will include your student ID number and the next steps in the registration process.
  • The email usually arrives within 1-2 hours of submitting the application, but may take up to one business day. Please note our Admissions and Records Office Hours of Operation. If you have not received the “Welcome to College of San Mateo” email, it may have gone to your email account’s spam folder. Also, please make sure you fully submitted the application. After you submit the application, you are taken to a confirmation page, which provides a confirmation number. Print the confirmation page for your records. For technical assistance with the online application, please contact OpenCCC at (877) 247-4836 or
Your educational goal determines how you proceed after Step 1.
Complete Steps 2-6 if on your admission application you indicated you are taking courses to:
  • Complete an associate degree or certificate program
  • Complete your first two years of university work at CSM and then transfer to a university
  • Are currently undecided and/or considering one of the above goals
  • Applying for financial aid
Go directly to Step 5 if on your admission application you indicated you are taking courses to:
  • Meet personal interests and personal enrichment, or to upgrade job skills
  • Participate in the College Connection High School Concurrent Enrollment Program
  • You are a student at another college or university and taking classes at CSM to meet the requirements of that institution
  • You do not intend to use Counseling Services
You will receive a registration date after your admission application is processed.

Step 2: Complete Assessment for math and English placement

Please see the Assessment Services website for information on math and English placement. Most often, placement for domestic students can be done by evaluating high school transcripts. International transcripts may not be used.

If you have already successfully completed English and/or math courses at another college or university within the United States and are planning on enrolling in an English or math course or a course that has an English or math prerequisite, then you must seek prerequisite approval of this coursework. For more information go to Prerequisite Equivalency and proceed to Step 3.

If you are transferring from another college and do not plan to enroll in an English or math course or a course with an English or math prerequisite, then proceed to step 3.

Step 3: Complete College Orientation Workshop

The College Orientation is required of all new and returning students.  You can complete the College Orientation online through your WebSMART account.

High school students participating in the College Connection Concurrent Enrollment Program are not required to complete the College Orientation. However, they are welcome to do so to gather more information about the college.

For more questions regarding matriculation steps, please visit the Counseling Support Center in College Center, Building 10, Room 340.

Step 4: Meet with a College Counselor and Get Your First Semester Educational Plan

After completing the orientation, you will have access to Counseling Services at College of San Mateo. Students who participate in the College Connection High School Concurrent Enrollment Program do not have access to CSM counselors and must use their high school counselors for enrollment and registration approval.

Meet with a counselor to review your educational goals, placement test results, and course selections for the first semester. A counselor will work with you to create an abbreviated SEP (Student Educational Plan) in your Student DegreeWorks.

At the conclusion of your counseling session, a registration appointment will be sent to your student WebSMART account.

Step 5: Register for Classes and Pay Fees

  • Register for classes. Instructions on how to register can be found on the Register for Classes web page.
  • Pay for all enrollment fees
  • Print a schedule summary of this transaction
  • You can also order textbooks online in WebSMART under registration

Step 6: Sign in and Use Your Assigned Email

Your email account is how the college communicates with all students. All college communications are sent to your email address.

Only through your email address do you receive important information from your professors and the college. It is essential that you make it a practice to check your email regularly.

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