Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica College


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Recent Reviews

BLAKE
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Its a great community college, it really prepares you academically to enter the University of California system. Awesome part...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Its a great community college, it really prepares you academically to enter the University of California system. Awesome part of time too, just minutes from the beach.

Annabella
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I took three classes over two summers as a high schooler. I love the atmosphere and I love the people. The professors are ver...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I took three classes over two summers as a high schooler. I love the atmosphere and I love the people. The professors are very good and encourage asking questions and make the students all feel respected. It's a great community college! I remember the first time I went, there were so many resources to find that helped me get through that first summer. It was an amazing experience and I would do it again!

Natalia
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My overall opinion of Santa Monica College is that the school really cares for each and every one of their students education...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

My overall opinion of Santa Monica College is that the school really cares for each and every one of their students education. Santa Monica College offers many opportunities to students and allows them to transfer from a 2 year college to a 4 year university.

Yan
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Among the several community colleges in CA, Santa Monica College transfers the most students to UC and especially to UCLA not...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Among the several community colleges in CA, Santa Monica College transfers the most students to UC and especially to UCLA not only because it is geographically the closest to that school, but also because it provides a high-quality education. Here are other features I would like to highlight. First, the class size ranges from small to moderate compared to CSU or UC and makes it easy for both students and professors to interact in class more effectively. Second, if you purchase the A.S. sticker worth $19.5, you can enjoy multiple benefits such as free, unlimited big-blue big rides within the Los Angeles County, free printing in the cayton center, discounts in the cafeteria, and so on. Third, the school provides students with amazing counselling service in different locations (Welcome center, counseling complex, Latino center, Scholars office, and Career service center). Fourth, there are always workshops and sometimes the club and college fairs in the campus. Fifth, joining the special programs (scholars program, EOPS, Adelante program, FYL, or Black Collegian Program) allows you to get an earlier enrollment date and to take some special sections of classes. Lastly, here are my tips for making your campus life productive! JOIN the Scholars Program if you want to enhance your chances of getting accepted to the elite universities and GET INVOLVED in club activities based on your own hobby! The only thing I don't like about is it is hard to reach the financial aid office on call so you should meet the officer in person or send them an email with your SCHOOL email address (otherwise, its system would automatically mark your email as a spam.) Thank you!

Joie
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I really like how many resources are available to students. You can tell that the faculty and board of directors really care ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I really like how many resources are available to students. You can tell that the faculty and board of directors really care about the well-being and success of the students. I have enjoyed being involved in the athletic department as well and have made many friends from the track team. The renovated parts of campus are really nice and I have taken a lot of fascinating classes. Overall, I really like Santa Monica College.

Leigh
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I attended my first class at Santa Monica College—The Philosophy of Truth and Beauty—as a high school student. It was my firs...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I attended my first class at Santa Monica College—The Philosophy of Truth and Beauty—as a high school student. It was my first introduction into the world of community college and certainly broadened my mind. The bright, airy nature of the (relatively) beach adjacent campus always made the walk to class an energizing experience. I returned to SMC after a stint at Santa Barbara City College and a gap year or three. I knew getting back into the swing of my studies would be an adjustment, so I opted to begin by only taking classes that interested me—two of which were International Political Economy and History of the U.S. Economy with Professor Eileen Rabach. Her brilliant lectures felt like an intricate quilt of storytelling and always engaged the whole class. She completely changed my life, and acted as a role model and mentor in addition to her role as a professor. Along with two other supportive professors, she nominated me for a week-long women's leadership program at Scripps College that ended up landing me an amazing internship with an NGO called Essie Justice Group. While classes with Professor Rabach were definitely the educational highlights of my time at SMC, she was only one among a number of skilled and passionate professors whose classes I was lucky to attend. That said, there were a few mediocre ones in the bunch too—but none TOO terrible. Food was neither awful nor amazing, but it was easy to get a cheap bowl of chow mein for a quick bite between classes, and there are many eateries a short walk away from campus in Santa Monica. There were quite a few clubs on campus, and although I was too busy with a full-time job to join any, I did have the opportunity to engage in several social justice advocacy events, or watch them in the quad. It's pretty cool that the KCRW recording studio is located in the basement of the Student Union building. There is no on-campus housing although they did provide resources for finding roommates for independent housing. The library at SMC is three stories and provides a variety of study environments dependent on where you choose to sit. You can reserve meeting rooms for study groups or to work on group projects. The campus can feel at bit abandoned at night but if you're uncomfortable walking to your car after class or a library session, you can request a security escort. I did have an issue with a middle-aged male student who kept approaching randomly me throughout the course of a semester, but I eventually reported it to the campus police and they were very kind and followed up with me about it. If you choose your classes thoughtfully, there is the potential to obtain as high quality an education at SMC as you would at many four year universities. Be quick and proactive about your research and decisions as the better classes fill up fast. Certain classes are more social than others but I did make a couple long term friends. I earned my associate degree with honors at SMC and will be transferring to Bard College Berlin in the fall (after another gap year or four).

Tony
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I'm a veteran using my 9/11 GI benefits and my horrible instructor (Saul Rubin) drops my without notice losing me part of my ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I'm a veteran using my 9/11 GI benefits and my horrible instructor (Saul Rubin) drops my without notice losing me part of my rent money (BAH) which has gotten me evicted from my house because of their negligence. I now live in my car because of SMC. I have learned that there is now over 200 homeless students at SMC. The college has closed down the organization that helped out these students out. I recently enrolled in a new class and they have not updated my enrollment either. This place is trash.

Veena
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Great college, nice people and excellent community

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Great college, nice people and excellent community

CHYANNE
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Santa Monica college is better if you are an art or design student. Also I hope they work on the transfer department. They sa...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Santa Monica college is better if you are an art or design student. Also I hope they work on the transfer department. They said they have a high transfer rates but Santa Monica Nursing Department is not partnered with very many schools to promote continuing education. I would hope they work on that more.

Mica
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Santa Monica College could use a few improvements, but overall is a wonderful school that provides so many opportunities and ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Santa Monica College could use a few improvements, but overall is a wonderful school that provides so many opportunities and services to all of its students. You can be extremely successful at SMC if you are willing to take those opportunities that are handed to you.

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