College of San Mateo

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College of San Mateo
CSM Signature 2009.svg
CSM Signature (2009)
Type Public Community College
Established 1922
President Michael Claire
Students 10,000[1]
Location San Mateo, California
37°32′10″N 122°20′10″W / 37.53611°N 122.33611°W / 37.53611; -122.33611Coordinates: 37°32′10″N 122°20′10″W / 37.53611°N 122.33611°W / 37.53611; -122.33611
Campus Suburban
Colors Blue and White
Nickname Bulldogs
Entrance to the College of San Mateo

College of San Mateo (commonly referred to as CSM) is a community college in San Mateo, California. It is part of the San Mateo County Community College District.


A timeline of historical events at CSM.

  • 1922 - With 35 students, San Mateo Junior College opens in rooms of San Mateo High School on Baldwin Avenue.
  • 1931 - Charles S. Morris takes over as the new dean (and in 1937 becomes president) of the college. Morris becomes one of the State's most eminent educators.
  • 1947 - Enrollment skyrockets after the war. The college leases old U.S. Merchant Marine Academy buildings at Coyote Point. Classes are now held there, at Baldwin and at a $350,000 science building on Delaware Avenue completed in 1939.
  • 1954 - Students vote to change name from San Mateo Junior College to College of San Mateo (CSM) in part to honor Charles S. Morris.
  • 1956 - Innovative educator Julio Bortolazzo begins a 12-year tenure as college president and district superintendent, initiating a plan for a new campus site.
  • 1963 - Present-day CSM hilltop campus opens with 5,000 students.
  • 1968 - Racial discontent leads to a student protest and riot on campus.
  • 1979 - Lois A. Callahan becomes the first woman president of CSM.
  • 1980 - Vice presidential candidate George H. W. Bush speaks to faculty and students at CSM.
  • 1989 - The 7.2 Loma Prieta earthquake leads to significant earthquake retrofitting on campus, including work done on the college’s library in 1996.
  • 2001 - San Mateo County voters approve a $207 million bond measure for the repair and restoration of CSM, Skyline College and Cañada College.
  • 2005 - San Mateo County voters approve another bond measure, this one for $468 million for continued construction, repair and restoration for CSM, Skyline College and Cañada College.
  • 2005 - CSM hosts the first-ever community college football bowl game in San Mateo County.
  • 2006 - CSM’s new Regional Public Safety Center opens on June 14.
  • 2006 - CSM’s science building opens for classes on August 16.
  • 2007 - CSM’s planetarium opens for classes and the public in January.
  • 2007 - Michael Claire becomes one of CSM’s youngest presidents, succeeding President Emerita Shirley J. Kelly.
  • 2010 - CSM opens new Health & Wellness Building
  • 2011 - opening of College Center[citation needed]

About College of San Mateo[edit]

College of San Mateo is located at the northern corridor of Silicon Valley and situated on a 153-acre site in the San Mateo hills. The campus was designed by architect John Carl Warnecke. The College currently serves approximately 10,000 day, evening and weekend students. The college offers 79 A.A./A.S. degree majors, 75 certificate programs and approximately 100 transfer areas and majors.


College of San Mateo is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.


Transfer Programs[edit]

CSM offers transfer admission guarantees with seven of the nine UC campuses, nearly all of the CSU campuses and many private colleges in California.

Career and Technical Programs[edit]

The college offers more than 75 programs in career areas including multimedia, green technologies, cosmetology, nursing, broadcasting, accounting, computer and information science, fire technology and dental assisting.

Student Life & Leadership[edit]

CSM has more than 20 student clubs and organizations that provide an opportunity to be involved with other students in activities related to majors, special interests, cultures or community service. For students interested in developing and practicing leadership skills, student government provides the opportunity to participate in the decision making process of the college as well getting involved in activities that enhance the overall student experience at CSM. The college also offers a variety of athletic, educational and cultural activities throughout the year.


The college’s library, designed by John Carl Warnecke offers a view of San Francisco Bay. The library’s print collection contains approximately 71,000 volumes, 125 print periodical subscriptions and approximately 17,000 online periodical s accessible through electronic databases. More than 60 online resources provide access to thousands of journals, magazines, newspapers and subject-based research sources. The library is a member of the Peninsula Library System (PLS) which includes 31 public libraries in San Mateo County and of Cañada and Skyline Colleges. PLS libraries share an integrated online public catalog with a common interface that provides access to the bibliographic records and locations of over 2,450,000 items in member libraries.

The library also houses the college archives, including the Photographic History Project, which help preserve and make accessible the printed and visual history of CSM and the San Mateo County community colleges.

Academic & Student Support Services[edit]

Learning Center[edit]

Resources include financial aid and scholarships, counseling, transfer services, tutoring, employment assistance, health services and child care. The college also offers an Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, Veterans Resource Center and comprehensive services for students with disabilities.

Discipline-Specific Centers[edit]

To support student achievement and development, CSM’s Learning Center offers a variety of free programs and services including peer tutoring in a variety of subjects, up-to-date technology, mentoring, workshops, group study rooms, a computer center, and a place to study. In addition to the Learning Center, CSM has established a number of discipline-specific centers throughout the campus where student can receive one-on-one and small group tutoring and other instructional assistance.


CSM’s championship intercollegiate athletic teams compete at the highest community college level, offering student athletes an opportunity to participate in a team experience. The college offers the following men’s sports: football, baseball, track & field, cross country and swimming; and the following women’s sports: softball, basketball, track & field, cross country, water polo and swimming.

Athletics Hall of Fame[edit]

In 2011, CSM established an Athletics Hall of Fame. Among the notable inductees are John Madden, former professional football coach, analyst and broadcaster; Archie Williams, 1936 Olympic gold medalist; and Bill Ring, former professional football player. Names of all of the inductees are on display in CSM’s Hall of Fame Plaza.

San Mateo Middle College and Jumpstart Program, Alternative High School Programs[edit]

San Mateo Middle College is an alternative high school program serving grades 11 and 12 which operates on the CSM campus. Middle College students take three high school classes on campus with high school teachers and fill the remainder of their schedule with college courses. Middle College students come from the San Mateo Union High School District; students in the Cabrillo Unified School District may also be eligible to participate with approval of the Middle College principal.

In Fall 2016, another alternative high school program, Jumpstart was put on the CSM campus, allowing high school students to finish their credits on an online program, and to give them an opportunity to take classes on campus. This allows for students to receive credit for both their high school and college graduation requirements.

KCSM Jazz 91, Public Radio[edit]

KCSM-FM 91, located on CSM’s campus and licensed to the San Mateo County Community College District made its broadcast debut in 1964. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day and has a growing audience that currently totals more than 200,000 on air and 4,000 on the web. According to Arbitron, the station is among the top 35 “most listened to” non-commercial stations in the nation. KCSM-FM has the distinction as the only station in the Bay Area with a 24-hour jazz format. Hosts of the station’s programs include veteran jazz musicians, educators, seasoned jazz broadcasters and often a combination of the three. The station and the college co-host “Jazz On the Hill,” an all-day jazz concert, free to the community.

Notable alumni[edit]

NFL Alumni John Madden of the Oakland Raiders and Bill Walsh of the SF 49ers, both played & coached at the College of San Mateo early in their careers. Bill Walsh was claimed by some to be the best NFL Coach "ever." He later retired from the 49ers to become the athletic director at Stanford University. See the College of San Mateo Sports Hall of Fame websites for details on he and many others.

  • Jeanne Bates, actress
  • Fred Baer, sports information officer
  • Gregory Buckingham, 1968 Olympic gold and silver medalist in swimming
  • Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac band member
  • Dana Carvey, actor/comedian
  • Keith Hernandez, former major league baseball player
  • Ray Daba, attorney, former vice president of State Board of Education
  • Neil Dahlen, NFL executive (7 Super Bowl victories)
  • Scott Feldman, major league baseball player
  • Liz Figueroa, former state senator, 10th district
  • Warren Furutani, Calif. Assemblymember
  • Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan
  • Arlen Gregorio, former state senator, 10th district
  • Merv Griffin, television personality, actor, singer
  • Dennis Haysbert, actor
  • Raymond Hemming, retired rear admiral, USNR, accounting firm partner, philanthropist
  • Jan Henne, Olympic swimmer, 3-time gold medalist
  • Jerry Hill, Calif. Assembly member
  • Don Horsley, member of SMC Board of Supervisors
  • Tom Huening, SM County Controller
  • Paul B. Jensen, former coroner, San Mateo County
  • Keala Keanaaina, American football player
  • John Lescroart, bestselling author
  • Phil Lesh, Grateful Dead band member
  • Gordon Lish editor, author, teacher
  • Dick Lotz, PGA professional golfer
  • Claire Mack, former mayor of San Mateo, author, radio personality
  • John Madden, former NFL head coach, inductee in NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame, major sports personality[2]
  • John Martinez, nationally renown quarterback coach, winningest coach in CCC[further explanation needed] system, mentor to NFL quarterbacks
  • Paul McClellan, former major league baseball player
  • Bob McClure, former major league baseball player
  • Guy McIntyre, former NFL player
  • Jon Miller, professional sports broadcaster, member of Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Antonio Narcisse, football player
  • Daniel Nava, major league baseball player
  • Eleanor Nettle, former president, California School Boards Association, former SMCCCD trustee
  • John Noce, legendary community college baseball coach
  • Rosemary Pfeiffer, retired superior court judge
  • Hal Ramey, long-time Bay Area radio journalist
  • Bill Ring, former NFL player (2 Super Bowl victories)
  • Edward V. Roberts, director, California State Department of Rehabilitation
  • Avigdor (Vic) Ronn, scientist
  • Jeff Serr, radio personality, voice actor
  • Steve Shafer, NFL coach (1 Super Bowl victory)
  • Kurtwood Smith, actor
  • James Elms Swett, U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Ted Tollner, university and NFL coach
  • Matangi Tonga, American football player
  • Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • J. Craig Venter, scientist, human genome researcher
  • Dick Vermeil, former NFL coach (1 Super Bowl victory), analyst
  • Bill Walsh, former NFL coach (3 Super Bowl victories)
  • John Wetteland, former major league baseball player
  • Archie Williams, Olympic gold medalist, 1936
  • Tommy Lee Woon, educator (Stanford University)
  • Dieter Dengler, former Navy Pilot that was shot down in the Vietnam War.

Note: Some of the above-mentioned athletes were inducted into the College of San Mateo Sports Hall of Fame. New individuals are inducted annually at the Sports Hall of Fame Dinner.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Faces of Our Community - Notable Alumni". California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. Retrieved 24 August 2017. 

The San Mateo County Community College District is a three-college district that includes College of San Mateo, Cañada College in Redwood City and Skyline College in San Bruno.

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