International Student Center at College of San Mateo - Why Choose CSM?
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Why Choose CSM?

Located near San Francisco
College of San Mateo is located at the northern corridor of Silicon Valley and situated on a beautiful 153-acre site in the San Mateo hills that provides a panoramic view of San Francisco Bay. The college is surrounded by high tech industry giants. To the north in San Francisco you will find Reddit, Instragram, Twitter, and Zynga; in San Mateo County you’ll find companies like Genentech and Oracle; and just south of CSM high tech legends such as Apple, HP, and Facebook call the San Francisco-Bay Area home.

Programs of study
Since 1922, College of San Mateo has been a gateway to higher education leading to university transfer, career preparation and advancement, and professional and personal development. The College currently serves approximately 10,000 day, evening and weekend students. CSM students reflect the diversity of the Bay Area and have a range of educational goals. To best serve our students, the curriculum offers a wealth of programs that include traditional, semester-length and short courses in addition to distance education.
More than just sitting in class
Students experience a vibrant campus life to complement classroom learning that includes leadership development, student government, more than 20 student clubs and a variety of educational and cultural activities. College of San Mateo is proud of its championship intercollegiate athletic teams which compete at the highest community college level. To ensure student success, CSM offers a comprehensive selection of academic support services. Resources include scholarships, counseling, transfer services, tutoring, health services and child care, among many others.