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SANTA MONICA COLLEGE, SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA

Santa Monica, CaliforniaLOCATION
CollegeSCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1929Established Year
  29999Enrollment

Santa Monica College: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

Vaishnavi Agrawal Vaishnavi Agrawal
Study Abroad Expert

Santa Monica College started in 1929 with just 153 students, and now they have more than 45,000 students. It is a 2-year community college accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. They offer over 180 degrees and certificate programs in more than 100 fields of study.

  • It is one of the most affordable institutes for higher education in the world.
  • It is known among the state's 114 community colleges in transferring students to the University of California, University of Southern California and other 4 year campuses.
  • There are around 3,400 international students from more than 100 countries.

Ranking

  • #1 transfer college to UCLA, USC, the University of California and Loyola Marymount University.

Highlights

College TypePublic
Campus SettingUrban
Endowment574.1 million USD
Work-study programYes
Intake SeasonsFall Semester; Spring Semester; Winter Session; Summer Session
Mode of ProgramFull time; Part-time; online
The annual cost of Attendance27,897 USD
Admission Helpdesk877 967-5464

Programs

  • The college usually conducts courses that help the students to transfer themselves to the Universities of California.
  • They offer courses in the 7 areas of interest and they are:
    1. Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    2. Business
    3. Culture, History, and Languages
    4. Education
    5. Health and Wellness
    6. People and Society
    7. Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
  • They offer General education, Associate degrees, Pre-professional courses, Bachelor of Science courses, etc.

Campus

There are various student services available to help students achieve their goals and add something extra to their college experience. Some of the services are:

  • Education planning
  • On-campus student employment
  • Transportation services to the campus
  • Tutoring services
  • Ombuds office to listen to the students' issues.
  • Child care services
  • Student Judicial Affairs promote a safe learning environment for students, staff, and faculty.

Residence

SMC does not provide housing facilities, but they do provide general information regarding accommodation in the neighborhood.

Admission Process

Application Portal: SMC International students admission

Application fees: 75 USD

Application deadline:

TermOut of country application deadlineIn-country application deadline for students holding valid F1 visas
Winter sessionOctober 15November 15
Spring sessionNovember 15January 5
Summer sessionApril 15May 15
Fall sessionJuly 1July 15

Supporting documents

  • Financial statement, showing that the applicant can meet the estimated tuition and living expenses.
  • Copy of passport.
  • Transcripts of the last school/ college attended, showing a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Proof of English language proficiency.
  • Essay of at least 500 words, explaining the reasons for joining SMC.
  • Any document for age verification. The student must be 18 years old. 

Cost of Attendance

Academic expenses

ExpensesTuition fees in a year (i.e, 2 semesters)
Tuition fees9,000 USD
SMC Health Fee42 USD
Associate Student Fee39 USD
ID Card26 USD
Health Insurance1,884 USD

Other expenses

ExpensesEstimated cost per monthEstimated cost for 9 months
Living Expenses1,234 USD (homestay with 3 meals per day)11,556 USD
Books and Supplies873 USD per semester1,746 USD for 2 semesters
Personal Expenses351 USD3,167 USD
Public Transportation167 USD1,439 USD

Financial aid and scholarship

Scholarships are available for the incoming students, that range from 250 USD to 2,000 USD. 

All these scholarships are privately funded. Some of them are:

ScholarshipAward amountEligibility
Willie and Raymond Acevedo Memorial Scholarship1,000 USD (3 awards per fiscal year)2.50 GPA; Incoming students
The American Legion Ronald Reagan Palisades Unit 283: Auxiliary Scholarship3,000 USD3.00 GPA; All incoming and continuing students.
Associate Student High School Award1,000 USD2.50 GPA; Full-time incoming students7 Completion of 20 hours of community service (on Or off campus) by the beginning of the spring semester.
Kermit & Elinore Greene Endowment High School Award1,000 USD (2 awards per fiscal year)3.00 GPA; Incoming students (1st generation college students are preferred) & Based on financial need
Dennis Kipperman Community Service Scholarship500 USD2.50 GPA & Incoming, continuing and transferring students.

Alumni

  • SMC offers an online community known as the Alumni Network and connects the alumni, faculty, and professionals to gain support and perspective related to their career even after graduating from college.
  • Alumni can provide mentorship, industry insight, or professional development to the current students of SMC.

Placement

  • The college does not offer any campus placement. The students are usually transferred to the colleges of California for degree courses.
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Santa Monica College Overview

Institution TypePublic
Student Population42954
FAFSA Code001286
Accreditation ACS WASC
Average Cost of Attendance$2,500 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio2 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Attendance Cost

$2,500

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$2,500 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,746 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$11,556 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$4,262 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$4,262 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$4,262 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Program Wise Accreditations
Nursing ProgramsAccreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
19248384615402-

College rating

based on 4 students ratings

8.3/10

9.5/10academic
9/10infrastructure
8.8/10placements
7.5/10faculty
7.5/10extracurricular
7.5/10accommodation

Reviews

A
Adrianna larimer, UNITED STATES Journalism
Santa Monica College
Current student , Batch : 2023
8.2
STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

SANTA MONICA COLLEGE

It's a good school in an amazing environment and area and it had a really cool journalism program. It's also a good transfer school so if I wanted to after I get my associates degree I could switch to a better school.


Course Curriculum - 

So far it's been really good, the environment is friendly and the teachers are nice and everyone there works hard to get their degrees and to better not only themselves but their future and work towards their goals.

9 /10
academic
7 /10
faculty
8 /10
infrastructure
7 /10
accomodation/food
9 /10
placement
9 /10
extracurricular
24, Apr 2019 read more
H
Heather creamer, USA Journalism
Santa Monica College
Current student , Batch : 2019
7.2
STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

SANTA MONICA COLLEGE LIFE

They had a great transfer rate as well as the classes I wanted in a great location. I was able to save a lot of money and transfer to a four-year university that was perfect for me. The faculty has been great.


Course Curriculum - 

I think the curriculum has been great. I've enjoyed my classes and found them rigorous and challenging. I have learned so much knowledge about the subjects I have studied in interesting and challenging ways that really get my brain thinking in different ways.

9 /10
academic
9 /10
faculty
8 /10
infrastructure
4 /10
accomodation/food
8 /10
placement
5 /10
extracurricular
15, Mar 2019 read more
K
Kathy nenni, USA Computer science associate
Santa Monica College
Current student , Batch : 2020
9.8
STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

SANTA MONICA BEST SCHOOL TO TRANSFER

I choose this college because it is the best for transferring in California to a school like UCLA or other big names. It will be easier for me to choose a good school and be accepted by going through Santa Monica college first.


Course Curriculum - 

The course curriculum is great. There are great teachers as well as a good structure to help you define and choose what you want to do in your future. The classes are selective and you can choose each semester online or in class with a maximum of 16 units per semester.

10 /10
academic
9 /10
faculty
10 /10
infrastructure
10 /10
accomodation/food
10 /10
placement
10 /10
extracurricular
15, Mar 2019 read more
J
Janet, USA Art
Santa Monica College
Current student , Batch : 2022
8
STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

JANET'S REVIEW

it's a nice college and it also offers a lot of classes than other city colleges do, also it's closer to my house and even more accessible for me to go directly home without taking any commute or driving anywhere.


Course Curriculum - 

they have an extremely good course curriculum, I have taken many classes and not only that but they keep updating their courses which means more opportunities for people that don't know exactly what they want to be.

10 /10
academic
5 /10
faculty
10 /10
infrastructure
9 /10
accomodation/food
8 /10
placement
6 /10
extracurricular
06, Mar 2019 read more
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1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Bus Station

20th SB & Pearl NS0.03 Km
20th NB & Pearl FS0.13 Km
Pico EB & 18th FS0.17 Km
17th SB & Pearl FS0.23 Km
20th SB & Pico FS0.24 Km
17th NB & Pearl NS0.25 Km
Pico WB & 18th NS0.28 Km
Pico WB & 17th FS0.3 Km
Pico EB & 20th NS0.36 Km
Pico EB & 17th NS306.82 Km
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Book Store

Quinn Comics0.61 Km
Hi De Ho Comics & Books2.16 Km
Daniel Rolnik Gallery2.53 Km
Beyond Baroque3.03 Km
Giant Robot Store3.56 Km
DIESEL, A Bookstore3.91 Km
JennyBec's Toys for Children4.06 Km
Barnes & Noble4.31 Km
Pauline Books & Media5.08 Km
William Glasser Inc5.27 Km
Children's Book World5.35 Km
Christian Science Reading Room5.37 Km
The Comic Bug6.39 Km
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Airport

Santa Monica VOR-DME SMO 110.8 045X1.42 Km
Airports & Air Operations1.54 Km
Atlantic Aviation SMO1.56 Km
Westside Towers Heliport2.39 Km
Raleigh Enterprises Heliport3.22 Km
Westwood Gateway Heliport4.13 Km
Veterans Administration Medical Center West Los Angeles Heliport4.27 Km
Occidental Petroleum Heliport5.27 Km
Aakash travel usa5.58 Km
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Heliport5.87 Km
The Wilshire Thayer Heliport6.13 Km
Century City Heliport6.9 Km
Helipad7 Km
Hughes Corporate Heliport7.02 Km
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Shopping Mall

Santa Monica Place2.26 Km
Downtown Santa Monica2.43 Km
Deal for Fashion Clothing, Dresses, Skirts, Pants, Tops2.59 Km
Crystal Vibrations2.83 Km
Niakan Center2.89 Km
Granville Plaza3.52 Km
Nant Works LLC3.62 Km
Brentwood Country Mart3.89 Km
Brentwood Gardens Plaza4.16 Km
Villa Marina Marketplace Mall4.42 Km
The Westwood Village Synagogue5.3 Km
Braddock Square Shopping Center5.7 Km
Westfield Century City6.58 Km
Century Park6.91 Km
Westfield Group LLC6.99 Km
Sunglass Hut7.77 Km
Westfield Culver City7.96 Km
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