Santa Monica College (SMC)

Santa Monica, CA

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Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College

Most Popular Majors

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Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Certificate Program Associates
Environmental Studies

Arts & Humanities

Major Certificate Program Associates
Art/Art Studies
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
Film, Cinema, Video, Movie Studies
General Music
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Interior Design
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies


Major Certificate Program Associates
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science
Business Administration and Management
Fashion/Apparel Design
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Logistics and Materials Management
Office Management and Supervision
Sales, Distribution and Marketing Operations
Selling Skills and Sales Operations
Small Business Administration/Management

Communication & Media

Major Certificate Program Associates
Animation, Interactive Media, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Graphic Design
Photographic and Film/ Video Technology/Technician and Assistant
Radio and Television

Cosmetology & Beauty

Major Certificate Program Associates


Major Certificate Program Associates
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs

Family and Consumer Science Professions

Major Certificate Program Associates
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management
Child Care Provider/Assistant

Fitness, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Major Certificate Program Associates
Health and Physical Education

Health & Medical Services

Major Certificate Program Associates
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Registered Nurse and Registered Nursing (RN)
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Certificate Program Associates
Biological and Physical Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Certificate Program Associates

Social Sciences

Major Certificate Program Associates
Political Science and Government
Women's Studies

Technician Careers

Major Certificate Program Associates
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician
Hazardous Materials Management and WasteTechnology/Technician


Major Certificate Program Associates
Computer Programming/Programmer
Computer Science
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications

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SMC Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 29 Reviews

52% of students gave Santa Monica College 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Academics Rating

Classes over all are not big, well it depends on what you are taking. Most of my classes are the size that I have always been used to. Maybe about 30 students. It's not that bad since most of these students are focused and know what they want. Everyone seems to pay more attention and take lots of notes and is more helpful with one another. Teachers also seem a bit more indifferent unless you give them a reason to care. Most prefessors are very strict and expect everything on time but are very understanding and helpful when you communicate with them. Homework is not a lot but is a lot of thinking, more time consuming. It is enough to keep you busy but not too much to overload you. Classes are not bad as long as you have determination and keep focused on your goal.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Academics Rating

Because of its reputation and the budget cuts, every student wants to study at SMC and therefore, it is very hard to get the classes you want especially if you sign up late. The profesor are very great though. They take their time to make sure every student is up-to-date since the classes are small. You get to learn easily. But the profesors give too much assignment especially if you are a Science student.

SMC Academic Details

Academic Calendar Semester
Retention Rate 72%
Carnegie Class Associate's--Public Suburban-serving Multicampus

Specialty Study Options

  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • Weekend College
  • Day Classes
  • Night Classes
  • Online Classes

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 58
  • Unknown and Other: 16
  • Latino: 9
  • Asian: 9
  • African American: 8
Caucasian 58
Unknown and Other 16
Latino 9
Asian 9
African American 8

Faculty at Santa Monica College

Total Faculty 1,310
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 31
Full-Time Professors 820
Male Faculty 591
Part-Time Professors 1,040
Women Faculty 719

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