Prerequisites, Corequisites and Recommended Preparation at College of San Mateo - Prerequisite Equivalency Form
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Prerequisites, Corequisites and Recommended Preparation
Prerequisite Equivalency Form

Where can I view and download the prerequisite equivalency form?
The Prerequisite Equivalency Form is available online on t
he CSM Forms website. Read the directions carefully since they provide information for students seeking prerequisite equivalency approval. If the request is approved, the enrollment block is removed to allow the student to register. 

Pay close attention to the instructions. Due to limited staff, incomplete prerequisite equivalency forms are automatically denied and returned by email.

What is the process for submitting a course prerequisite equivalency form?

Course Prerequisite Equivalency Form and Process
Have you completed a course equivalent to the required prerequisite at another accredited college or university within the United States? If so: 
  1. Complete a separate Course Prerequisite Equivalency Form for each course for which course equivalency is requested.
  2. For semester length courses, Prerequisite Equivalency Forms must be submitted prior to the published last day of late registration. (No exceptions)
  3. Submit a Course Prerequisite Equivalency Form to request a review of an equivalent prerequisite course completed outside of the San Mateo County Community College District. A copy of the college/university transcript and a catalog course description or a copy of AP Exam results must be submitted with the Course Prerequisite Equivalency Form. The college/university transcript must show the institution’s name and the student’s name in addition to listing the course, course title, course units, and grade. 
  4. You must have completed the equivalent prerequisite course with a C or higher. Grades of C- are not accepted.
  5. You will be notified by phone or email of the outcome of the request. Incomplete packets will be returned.  If you think you meet the prerequisite not through a course but through life or work experience, complete the Prerequisite Challenge Petition process.
How can I submit a course prerequisite equivalency form?

Students can submit their Prerequisite Equivalency Form and supporting documents in any of the following ways:
  • In-person: CSM Assessment Center, College Center (Bldg. 10-370), 3rd Floor
  • Mail: Assessment Center (Bldg. 10-370), College of San Mateo, 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94402
  • Email: (attach supporting documentation)
  • Fax: (650) 574-6108
Please Note: Choose one method of submission; multiple submissions may delay your request.

It is the responsibility of the student to submit all required documentation. Incomplete Course Prerequisite Equivalency Forms will be returned via email. 
What happens if my request for prerequisite equivalency is not approved?

If prerequisite equivalency request is denied because the course completed was determined not to be equivalent to the prerequisite course, the student is notified via email. The student will not be able to enroll in the course. For English, ESL, Reading and Mathematics courses the student is directed to complete a CSM Placement Test to determine course placement level.

Is there a special prerequisite equivalency form for foreign language courses?

Yes. There is a specific form, Prerequisite Equivalency Form for Modern Languages, for foreign language courses with prerequisites. This list of courses includes Chinese and Spanish.