San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley

Duration: 1 Years
Minimum Age: 16 y/o
United States of America, California, San Mateo

The San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley (SMCSV), operated by the San Mateo County Community College District, are a group of three highly regarded and fully accredited two-year community colleges in California’s Silicon Valley and Bay Area.

The collective includes Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. In 2020, they received the nation's highest honor given by the government - the JFK Presidential Award of Excellence in Export.

With particular strength in STEM subjects, taught by experienced industry-leading professionals, students at SMCSV enjoy greatly enhanced admission success among top colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area. SMCSV are the preferred transfer pathway colleges for UC Berkeley, and honors students enjoy priority admission status with an acceptance rate of up to 70 percent from UCLA.

San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley specialize in University Transfer Admissions with course articulation and guaranteed transfer admission to more than 150 notable public and private universities throughout the US and the globe.

They are known for their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) programs and student services, including their own Silicon Valley Intensive English Program (SVIEP) and Homestay Referral Program.

Also available to international students are scholarships and multiple internship opportunities (CPT, OPT) at world-class companies like Caltech, YouTube, Google, Apple, Salesforce, Twitter, and Facebook.

Top Reasons to Study With Us:

  • #1 in Guaranteed University Transfer
  • First-Rate STEM Education
  • More than 50 institutional scholarships available
  • JFK Presidential Award of Excellence in Export - Nation's Highest Honor
  • Internship Opportunities (CPT, OPT) in Silicon Valley
  • Campuses Located in Safe Communities. Top Ranked community colleges in the US for the international student enrollment (Institute of International Education Open Door Report).

*Application Fee: 50 USD
**Additional Costs
Start Dates:
September 1, 2024
January 1, 2025
September 1, 2025

#1 in California and #3 in the US for Cost and Quality (Wallethub)

Admission Requirements
Admission Exams
IELTS: 5.5
Duolingo: 85
PTE: 42
Required Documents
English Proficiency Test
High School Transcript
VOF from Bank

All Available Programs

3D Animation
Administration of Justice
Art History
Building Inspection
Computer Network Engineering
Computer Science
Dental Assistant
Early Childhood Education
Electrical Technology
Fashion Design
Fire and Emergency Technology
Game Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Medical Assistant
Payroll Administration
San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley
San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley
study levels
Associate's degree
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Campus locations
United States of America, California, San Mateo