SMC Description

Santa Monica College (SMC) in Santa Monica, California, is a community college with a national reputation for quality academics, high transfer rates and great creative arts programs.

SMC's more than 80 programs of study encompass such academic majors as:

  • Business
  • Design Technology
  • Modern Languages
  • Psychology
  • Theatre Arts

Students may also pursue a professional program in fields like Nursing and Cosmetology or undertake an ESL study program.

Many SMC students transfer to such schools as UCLA and other universities within the UC system.

SMC's student life is vibrant and affords many creative arts opportunities. Students may perform with SMC's well-known theatre company, work at the student-run radio station or exhibit their visual art at one of the student galleries.

SMC has an open admissions policy, which means that anyone may register by simply filling out an admissions application. Certain degree programs have additional admissions requirements.

California residents pay a substantially reduced tuition. Financial aid is also available to students who meet income and other eligibility requirements. To obtain such aid sources as grants and loans, applicants must submit a FAFSA.

Quick Facts about Santa Monica College

Region

Southwest

Setting

Large Town Setting

Type

Public

Affiliation

Not applicable

Size

Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)

Mascot

Corsair

Website

www.smc.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

No

Parking Permit Required

Yes

Selectivity

Open Admissions

In-State Tuition

$ 1,140

Out-of-State Tuition

$ 5,700

Retention Rate

72%

Enrollment

31,138

Year Established

1929

SMC Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating: 4.5

5 star
  15 reviews
4 star
  10 reviews
3 star
  4 reviews
2 star
 
1 star
 

52% of students gave Santa Monica College 5 stars overall.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating:
4

Detailed Ratings

The school campus is nice. Very green. Some of the buildings are fairly new but the scent is still there. Sometimes it feels like you are still in high school, same faces same actions, kids goofing around and making plans after school. This brings some comfort for you are familiar with a lot of these students, but sometimes it is annoying because you thought everything would be different. College transitions should have been a huge change, but is not. I hope that when I start over most of the familiar faces are gone, but find one nice familiar face that wont make me uncomfortable and intimidated but welcomed and releived.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating:
4

Detailed Ratings

Santa Monica College is located in the city of Santa Monica. Great location, easy access to public transport. This college has a great reputation for being the #1 school for transfers to UCs, USC and other private schools. The campus is very clean, well decorated.

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SMC Students

Total Students
31,138

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
100%
Graduate
%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
0%
Part-Time
100%

Ethnic Diversity

Latino
31%
African American
11%
Caucasian
34%
Asian
14%
Unknown and Other
9%

International Students

International
12%
Domestic
88%

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