College of San Mateo
|Type||Public Community College|
|Location||San Mateo, California|
|Colors||Blue and White|
- History 1
- About College of San Mateo 2
- Accreditation 3
- Transfer Programs 4.1
- Career and Technical Programs 4.2
- Student Life & Leadership 5
- Library 6
Academic & Student Support Services 7
- Learning Center 7.1
- Discipline-Specific Centers 7.2
- Athletics Hall of Fame 8.1
- San Mateo Middle College 9
- KCSM Jazz 91, Public Radio 10
- Notable Alumni 11
- See also 12
- Notes and references 13
- External links 14
1922 to 1996:
- 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.
2000 & Beyond:
- 2001 San Mateo County voters approve a $207 million bond measure for the repair and restoration of CSM, Skyline College and Cañada College.
- 2002 CSM celebrates its 80th anniversary with a Book Fest featuring guest speakers including noted authors and speakers.
- 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 state-of-the-art science building opens for classes on August 16.
- 2007 CSM’s state-of-the-art 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 CSM celebrates opening of College Center
- 2012 CSM celebrates its 90th anniversary and "50 years on the Hill."
About College of San Mateo
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. Since 1922, CSM has been a gateway to higher education leading to university transfer, career preparation and advancement, and professional and personal development. The campus was designed by internationally recognized architect John Carl Warnecke.
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 its students, the curriculum offers a wealth of programs that include traditional, semester-length and short courses in addition to distance learning options. The college offers 79 A.A./A.S. degree majors, 75 certificate programs and approximately 100 transfer areas and majors. A virtual tour is available at collegeofsanmateo.edu/explorecsm/virtualtour
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.
CSM is proud of its transfer and degree completion rates which are among the highest in California. Students transfer to campuses of the UC and CSU systems as well as private colleges and universities throughout California and out-of-state. CSM offers transfer admission guarantees with seven of the nine UC campuses, nearly all of the CSU campuses and many private colleges in California. For more information about the transfer process, visit collegeofsanmateo.edu/transfer
Career and Technical Programs
At CSM, students have access to career and technical programs that prepare them to find meaningful and well paid positions and compete in today’s global economy. The college offers more than 75 programs in some of the fastest growing and exciting career areas including multimedia, green technologies, cosmetology, nursing, broadcasting, accounting, computer and information science, fire technology and dental assisting. For a list of career and technical programs visit collegeofsanmateo.edu/careers
Student Life & Leadership
Students can experience a vibrant campus life to complement classroom learning and will find there are many ways to participate in the life of the college. 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. More information is available by visiting collegeofsanmateo.edu/studentlife
The college’s library, designed by John Carl Warnecke offers a scenic 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
To ensure student success, CSM offers a comprehensive selection of academic and student support services. 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. For more information visit collegeofsanmateo.edu/studentservices
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 friendly, comfortable 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. For more information about athletics visit collegeofsanmateo.edu/athletics
Athletics Hall of Fame
In 2011, CSM established an Athletics Hall of Fame to honor the many athletes who achieve excellence in competition, coaches who made a difference in the lives of their athletes, and other contributes to help to build and maintain the college’s rich athletic heritage. 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
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 eligible to participate with approval of the Middle College principal.
KCSM Jazz 91, Public Radio
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.
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
- John Martinez, nationally-renown quarterback coach, winningest coach in CCC 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
- 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)
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.
Notes and references
1 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.
- San Mateo: A Centennial History; M. Postel; 1994; ISBN 0-942087-08-9
College of San Mateo website
Career and Technical Programs
Student Life and Leadership
Photographic History Project
Academic & Student Support Services
Learning Resource Centers
San Mateo Middle College
KCSM Jazz 91, Public Radio