Santa Monica College (SMC)

Santa Monica, CA

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Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College Student Essentials

Santa Monica College Student Essentials
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

About SMC

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.

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SMC Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 29 Reviews

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

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

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

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.


SMC Map & Location

Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405


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Getting Around SMC

Walkability

Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.

9/10
walk

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Santa Monica, CA

Winter
Dec
64
51
Jan
64
51
Feb
63
52
Spring
Mar
63
53
Apr
64
55
May
65
57
Summer
Jun
67
60
Jul
70
63
Aug
71
63
Fall
Sep
71
63
Oct
70
60
Nov
67
55

SMC Students

Total Students 31,138

Ethnic Diversity:

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

Undergraduate 100%
Graduate %
Full-Time 0%
Part-Time 100%
International 12%
Domestic 88%

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