How to Enroll at College of San Mateo - Steps to Successful Enrollment
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How to Enroll
Steps to Successful Enrollment

If Your Educational Goal is to obtain an associate degree or certificate; transfer to a four-year university; improve basic skills in English, reading or math; or if you are applying for financial aid; or if you are undecided about your goal, you must follow all steps shown to the right; or if you wish to schedule an appointment with a counselor, you must complete up to Step 3, the College Orientation/Course Selection Workshop.

If Your Educational Goal is to take courses for personal enrichment; upgrade job skills; maintain a certificate or license; participate in the High School College Connection Concurrent Enrollment Program; or if you have already completed an associate degree or higher in the United States; or if you are primarily a student at another college or university and taking courses at College of San Mateo to meet the requirements of institution, you must follow steps 1, 4 and 5.

Step 1: Apply for Admission
All students are required to complete the Application for Admission.

Fill out the application online at

After the application has been received, you will be sent an email confirmation with additional information. You will also receive a student identification number (which begins with a “G”). Use this number to conduct all college business and access college services. For more information, call (650) 574-6165 or visit the Admissions & Records Office, College Center Building 10, 3rd Floor, Room 360.

Step 2: Take Placement Tests
Placement tests are designed to assess your skills in English or ESL, reading, and mathematics. Test results assist you in selecting courses, build an appropriate schedule of classes and determine if you meet prerequisites for certain courses. For additional information or to view sample test questions online, go to

To schedule placement tests log into your student WebSMART account. The User ID is your G number and the password is your 6 digit birth date. In WebSMART, click on the Student tab and select Student Services Appointment. At this site find CSM Placement Testing and schedule your placement test appointment online.
  • You must complete the application for admission and have a student G number to schedule a testing appointment.
  • You must present a photo ID and your student G number on the day of testing (no exceptions)
  • There is no fee and it takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete
  • The Assessment Center is located in College Center Building 10, 3rd Floor, Room 370
If you have already successfully completed English and/or math courses at another college or university within the United States and are planning to enroll in an English or math course or a course that has an English or math prerequisite, then your previous coursework must be approved. Visit for more information and to obtain the Prerequisite Equivalency form. If you are transferring in from another college and do not plan to enroll in an English or math course or a course with an English or math prerequisite, then you may proceed to Step 3.

Step 3: Complete College Orientation and Counseling Workshop
To have access to counseling services students must first complete the College Orientation/Course Selection Workshop. To make a reservation for a workshop log into your student WebSMART account, click on Student Records, and select Student Appointments. Bring to the workshop your placement test results. Please arrive on time, as latecomers are asked to reschedule. At the completion of the one and a half hour workshop you will be able to register for classes and you are eligible to use counseling services.

This one and a half hour workshop covers the registration process, use and management of WebSMART, educational goals, placement test results, course selection, and more. Reservations are scheduled through your student WebSMART account, or go to the Counseling Center, College Center, Building 10, Room 340. If you plan to apply for financial aid, see Financial Aid Steps below.
Step 4: Register for Classes and Pay Fees
Your appointment to register will be sent to your student WebSMART account. To log in, you will need a User ID (G number) and password (six digit birth date). Use your student WebSMART account to view your registration appointment, register for classes and pay fees.

Many courses with prerequisites are subject to computerized prerequisite checking. When registering for a class, the course number entered on WebSMART is verified by the registration system through the College District’s student database for 1) the successfully completed prerequisite course, or 2) the placement test results that indicate the skill level prerequisite requirements. If neither requirement is met, registration for the course will be blocked. If you have completed the prerequisite course outside of the College District, then see Step 2 or go to for more information.
Step 5: Sign in and Use Your Assigned Email
All college electronic communications will go to your email address. You can expect to receive important email messages from your professors and the college before the first day of school. Log into your WebSMART student account to find your email address and password and check it regularly.

Enrollment Management - A Student Responsibility
As a student at College of San Mateo, it is your responsibility to manage your enrollment. This includes updating your personal information record via WebSMART, checking your student email, registering for classes in a timely manner, adhering to all deadlines listed on Important Dates (in particular late registration, withdrawal from classes, payment of fees), and monitoring your academic standing.

Follow Up

Most students need assistance as they identify educational and career interests, establish goals, and work to understand what must be done to accomplish specific goals although summer services are very limited due to budget constraints. Plan to use the range of activities and services in your first semester to research and establish a student educational plan. To this end, use college services – Transfer Services, Career Services, Counseling Services, Financial Aid, EOPS, and Disabled Student Services.