How to Enroll at College of San Mateo - Educational Goal
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December 13-19
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How to Enroll
Educational Goal

"Matriculation" is a process to assist you in meeting your educational goals. It includes assessment, orientation, counseling, and follow up services. All students may participate in matriculation.

You will be considered a matriculating student and need to complete Steps 1-6 if you:
  • Plan to complete a certificate or an Associate degree
  • Plan to transfer to a university to complete a bachelor's degree
  • Plan to take courses to improve basic skills in English, reading, or mathematics, or
  • Are undecided about your educational goal
Step 1: Apply
All students are required to complete the Application for Admission.

Fill out the application online at

After the application has been received, you will be sent an email confirmation with additional information. You will also receive a student identification number (which begins with a “G”). Use this number to conduct all college business and access college services. For more information, call (650) 574-6165 or visit Admissions & Records Office, College Center Building 10, 3rd Floor, Room 360.

Step 2: Take Placement Tests
Placement tests are designed to assess your skills in English or ESL, reading, and mathematics. Test results assist you in selecting courses, build an appropriate schedule of classes and determine if you meet prerequisites for certain courses. For additional information or to view sample test questions online, go to

To schedule placement tests log into your student WebSMART account. The User ID is your G number and the password is your 6 digit birth date. In WebSMART, click on the Student tab and select Student Services Appointment. At this site find CSM Placement Testing and schedule your placement test appointment online.
  • You must complete the application for admission and have a student G number to schedule a testing appointment.
  • You must present a photo ID and your student G number on the day of testing (no exceptions)
  • There is no fee and it takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete
  • The Assessment Center is located in College Center Building 10, 3rd Floor, Room 370
If you are transferring from another college or university in the United States, have already successfully completed math and English classes, and think you do not need to complete CSM placement tests, then complete a Prerequisite Equivalency Form (available at Take this completed form and required documentation to the Assessment Center and you may schedule a reservation for the workshop. See Step 3.

Step 3: Orientation/Counseling Workshop (bring placement test results with you)
Attend the College Orientation and Course Selection Workshop in College Center Building 10, Room 191 to receive an appointment to register for classes. If you want to use counseling services and schedule a one-on-one counseling appointment, you must first attend a workshop session.

To schedule a workshop log into your student WebSMART account. Click on the Student tab and select Student Services Appointment. At this site you can make an appointment for the workshop.

Bring your placement test results to the workshop. The two-and-a-half-hour workshop covers the college registration process, use and management of WebSMART, identifying educational goals, how to use placement test results, how to select and register for courses, and more. At the conclusion of the workshop, you will receive a registration appointment.

Be aware that latecomers are not admitted to the College Orientation and Course Selection Workshop. Arrive on time.

Due to limited staffing, only students who attend the workshop have access to one-on-one counseling services. The workshop provides a foundation of information about how to transfer, how to complete associate degrees and certificates, and how to select appropriate classes.
Step 4: Register for Classes
Your appointment to register will be sent to your student WebSMART account. To log in, you will need a User ID (G number) and password (six digit birth date). Use your student WebSMART account to view your registration appointment, register for classes and pay fees.

Many courses with prerequisites are subject to computerized prerequisite checking. When registering for a class, the course number entered on WebSMART is verified by the registration system through the College District’s student database for 1) the successfully completed prerequisite course, or 2) the placement test results that indicate the skill level prerequisite requirements. If neither requirement is met, registration for the course will be blocked. If you have completed the prerequisite course outside of the College District, then see Step 2 or go to for more information.
Step 5: Sign in and Use Your Assigned SMCCD Email
All college electronic communications will go to your email address. You can expect to receive important email messages from your professors and the college before the first day of school. Log into your WebSMART student account to find your email address and password and check it regularly.

Follow Up
Most students need assistance as they identify educational and career interests, establish goals, and work to understand what must be done to accomplish specific goals although summer services are very limited due to budget constraints. Plan to use the range of activities and services in your first semester to research and establish a student educational plan. To this end, use college services – Transfer Services, Career Services, Counseling Services, Financial Aid, EOPS, and Disabled Student Services.