San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley

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).


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

San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley


Services & Amenities

Student Enrollment
Foreign Student Enrolment
Homestay, Off Campus Housing
Gender Restriction
Study Types
Certificate, Languages, Associate's degree
United States of America
Gap year
City, Metropolitan
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Sport Teams
Men’s Baseball, Men’s Basketball, Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Football, Men’s Swimming and Diving, Men’s Track and Field (Outdoor), Men’s Volleyball, Men’s Water Polo, Men’s Wrestling, Soccer, Women's Badminton, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Beach Volleyball, Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Softball, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Women’s Tennis, Women’s Track and Field (Outdoor), Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Water Polo