About Santa Monica College

Founded in 1929, Santa Monica College. is a college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 30,828 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Santa Monica College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 30:1. There are 334 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Santa Monica College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate100%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at SMC are considered , with ,35% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Santa Monica College.

Santa Monica College REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    74 Students rated on-campus housing 1.8 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    62 Students rated off-campus housing 3.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    90 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    89 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    92 Students rated class size 4.2 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    90 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    93 Students rated local services 4 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    91 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 54 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Santa Monica College?

90 Students rated Santa Monica College

Danbe - 12/30/2022

I really love Santa Monica College because it is a good school that can help us transfer to USC, UCLA , and other good colleges. They even have good places to eat and I really love my professors because they are very helpful. My school is fastest the best community school that I have went.


1. Admissions takes so long to put your transcript in there system. 2. DSPS, want you to call them by 8:00am to set up an appointment to speak a counseling that same day in summer semester. 3. Financial Aid doesn't have voucher to give students to get there books at the bookstore. They mail out your refund check in the mail because they do not have Higher One card. 4. EOPS want you to wait a semester to get a book voucher from there program. 5. Bookstore doesn't have rent college textbooks. It's so hard to attend this college base on my experience at Santa Monica College. I wouldn't recommend nobody to attend this college; therefore, if your parents or yourself can afford your book at the bookstore with or without financial Aid then don't go to this college.


SMC had changed my perspective of a community college and schooling as a whole. The diversity in student tomographic expanded my view of the world and gave me many new perspectives of new and different cultures. I've learned so much from my professors and peers. I can proudly say I attend Santa Monica College and am having an amazing experience.


I really enjoy the campus, it is great for a college student. It is very big and has all the different kind of activities the students look for. I believe that this is one of the best community colleges in Los Angeles. Only problem is getting into classes.

Santa Monica College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Santa Monica College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Santa Monica College is 100%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    IF i could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would give myself great advice. I would mention that the efforts a student makes in high school does play a significant role in how they begin college and when they graduate. I would tell myself to not take education for granted because its the key to one's future. In college, students have to pay for thier books, their classes, fees, and even parking. I woudl tell myself that appreciating the courses in high school and learning the most from the subjects is the best initiative one could take. I would tell myself that having fun a good, but priorities should be recognized. Many teenagers really only think about the present and little about the future. This is normal because people are nto inclined to worry much about ten years from the present. However, I woudl tell myself that every choice one makes today dictates where they are going to be in the future. The entire college process involves sacrifices that are no where near comfortable. However, if students find their passion, then thier drive will fuel thier pain through the difficult journey.

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  3. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    It's a school of great ethnic diversity and offers an excellent education. SMC is a leading community college and transfer school. The teachers are of excellent quality and always willing to help. The counseling center and financial aid help have been incredible. I have met so many great friends here from all walks of life. It has been an excellent learning experience that I will not forget.

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  4. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about my school is that sometimes there is not enough parking space. Although there are street parking, the students have to pay for the parking meters. Other than that, I don't see much frustration about my school.

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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    Santa Monica College provides an exceptional opportunity for a student to change their academic standing in the eyes of other universities. It has a well established, highly respected curriculum if in which one receives high marks they will be considered a good student despite previous downfalls. Santa Monica College also offers a wide variety of courses to the non-transfer student who only wishes to enrich their understanding of a particular field.

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  6. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Being the #1 transfer school to UCLA.

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  7. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    I feel that Santa Monica College has a niche for people of all types of character. From my own experience, people from multiple backgrounds are respected as individuals both from faculty and students. If you are xenophobic, I suppose this wouldn't be the best environment. I find it extremely rewarding to be exposed to people from different walks of life to learn of their culture and experiences. As humans we don't live in a bubble. If you can't tolerate diversity in student life, you won't survive and succeed in the real world.

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  8. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    My school is unique in many different ways. It is one of the largest community college and has the number one transfer to University of California, Los Angeles. It is a great campus of green and evidently a smoke-free campus. The classes are small and personal in which students are able to communicate with the instructor and other students. The professors are really helpful. They would stay after class to answer students' questions and even do study sessions when there is no class. They know what they are talking about and really inspire students to further their education.

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  9. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about my school is the school parking. The parking at campus is the reason why I have to leave my house 3 Hours before my class starts. Parking is definitely the problem.

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  10. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Santa Monica College has become extremely overpopulated and the classrooms are overflowing with students today.

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  11. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anyone who is interested in transfering to UCLA or USC.

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  12. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I don't think there is anything that I had not known about the school before I arrived here except for the select few things that were pleasently suprising, like having free bus rides on Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus; that helped me out a lot considering I had no car. But there was nothing I wished I had known before. I made sure to be prepared for my arrival here and I am glad I took that precaution.

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  13. Describe the students at your school.

    Being an older student returning to college, most of my peers were 18-22. I enjoyed that alot of students come from many diverse ethnic backgrounds. This provides for a valuable interaction with people's of different locale and beliefs. Despite various differences, I found working with my peer students educational in itself. From microbiology to philosophy my classmates were a joy to be work with and learn from. There is room for individuality in a collective and creative space that is respected.

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  14. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    I am not too sure as I study on line.

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Clean Beautiful view Helping staff good Resources Instructors helping students Comfortable Great

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  16. Tell us about your professors.

    SMC actually has many amazing professors. Some of them have even taught at UCLA and other awesome 4-year institutions so they really prepare you for upper division classes too.

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  17. What are the academics like at your school?

    Thankfully, Santa Monica College also has an On line courses which you do not have to sit in a typical class room. You get to make your won decisions your own time schedule, but the hours spent is just the same as if you were in the class room. You have to make choices and sacrifices always keep your goal forward in front of you. If you have a problem, ask your professor if you can still try to make an appointment to meet up in the campus site. They are always willing to assist you in any way that they can.

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  18. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Not to sure as I study on line.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

51% of students attending Santa Monica College receive some sort of financial aid. 35% were awarded federal grants. While 2% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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