FINANCIAL AID RATE54%
STUDENT TEACHER RATIO30:1
DEGREE OFFERED ONLINE20
FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.$2,969
Average Grants + Scholarship Aid Awarded to Undergraduate Students
Percent of Full-Time Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid
Percent of Students Paying In-State Tuition vs Out-of-State Tuition
Santa Monica College
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA
Santa Monica College (SMC) is a leading two-year community college located in Santa Monica, California. SMC has an award-winning faculty and ranks number one in California for community colleges that successfully transfer students to the University of California, University of Southern California or other four-year institutions. SMC also has a large international student population as compared to other community colleges.
SMC ranks high in its career preparation and certification programs in nursing, solar technology, new media, computer technology, early childhood education, business, graphic design and many other occupations.
The 38-acre main campus of SMC has state-of-the-art facilities and several highlights such as the John Drescher Planetarium, the Broad Stage for performing arts, and the Academy of Entertainment & Technology. The award-winning public radio station, KCRW (89.9 FM) is also part of SMC's main campus.
Santa Monica College was established in 1929 with just over 150 students.
Santa Monica College offers the Associate in Arts Degree, as well as Certificates of Achievement in several departments, which can be completed online. There are also "pre-professional" courses at SMC that students may take for certain careers that may require further specialized study. The Pre-Professional programs include such careers as Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dental/Dental Hygiene, Pre-Law, Pre-Medical, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Veterinary and Teacher Preparation.
Students hoping to transfer to a four-year institution can follow the Transfer programs offered at SMC.
SMCOnline offers education in many disciplines on the Internet for students who are working or otherwise cannot study on campus. There is 24/7 technical support available for online students.
Colleges and Schools
Santa Monica College offers degree and certificate programs in many of its different departments, which are:
- Computer Science and Information Systems
- Design Technology
- Graphic Design
- Interior Architectural Design
- Earth Science
- Fashion Design and Merchandising
- Health Sciences
- Respiratory Therapy
- Kinesiology and Athletics
- Life Sciences
- Modern Languages
- Physical Sciences
- Philosophy and Social Sciences
- Theatre Arts
There are many cultural and recreational activities offered at Santa Monica College including athletics, concerts, plays, art exhibits and lectures.
Student activities and clubs are offered through the Associated Students. There are many student resources on campus including computer labs, counseling, the Health Services Center, Child Care Services, Student Employment, and many others.
The Santa Monica "Corsairs" teams compete in 16 different sports throughout the year. The sports that Santa Monica teams compete in are:
- Cross Country
- Track & Field
- Water Polo
- Cross Country
- Water Polo
Santa Monica College has several satellite campuses near its main campus, including classes offered in community facilities in downtown Santa Monica.
Santa Monica College offers its Emeritus College classes to seniors and Continuing and Community Education Programs to all community members.
The Corsair is a student-run newspaper that is supervised by faculty and open to all registered students.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admission details below may provide a better idea of the candidates Santa Monica College accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,200. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- State Residents: $1,100-$1,300
- Out-of-State: $8,900-$10,660
- Part-time students are charged:
- In-State: $46-$55 per unit
- Out-of-State: $370-$440 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||54%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||53%||$5,430|
|Receiving Student Loans||2%||$4,341|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo support students and graduates, Santa Monica College may offer student services like those listed below:
- Online course work available
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Remedial instructional courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Assisting students to find work
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- * Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1989)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Santa Monica College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Personal and Culinary Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges
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- West Los Angeles College in Coalinga, CA (5 miles away)
- Los Angeles Valley College in Los Angeles, CA (11 miles away)
- Los Angeles City College in Santa Clarita, CA (11 miles away)
- Los Angeles Southwest College in Woodland Hills, CA (11 miles away)
- Los Angeles Trade Technical College in Los Angeles, CA (12 miles away)
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