Benefits of Attending Middle College

  •  What type of students might be interested in Middle College?

    • Students who want an early start on their college
    • Students who want a wider selection of classes
    • Students who are first in their family to go to college
    • Student who want an alternative to Advanced Placement classes (AP)

    Do students receive an additional benefit for taking college courses?

    • Students take three high school classes that fulfill high school graduation requirements.
    • Receive “dual credit” (high school and transferable college units), the same GPA bump that is given for AP or Honor courses and gaining the experience of being a college student.
    • Sense of community and acceptance
    • Stay connected to your home school by continuing in activities, such as, athletics, theatre, dance, clubs, prom, etc.
    • Opportunity to join CSM clubs and organizations

    Check out the benefits of attending SMUHSD's Middle College program at the College of San Mateo:

    • Save $30,000: Students who enter Middle College as juniors can earn 30 or more transferable college units before they graduate from high school. This could save an average of $30,000 for one year at a university
    • Gain College Experience: Middle College students gain valuable experience regarding what it takes to be a successful college student
    • Career/College Planning: Students take college and career courses and participate in an internship program
    • Priority Registration: Middle College students are allowed to register for classes prior to concurrently-enrolled high school students
    • No Course Fees: Middle College students do not pay course fees
    • Community of Learners: Middle college students experience a collegial environment where education is valued.


    Pick up an application from your school guidance counselor or contact Middle College:

    San Mateo Middle College Office
    College of San Mateo, Building 12, Room 206.1