Santa Monica College
Santa Monica, CA, USA


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Key Admission Stats

Institution Type
  • Coed

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This school may consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Small city
Transfer Students Admitted

Admissions Requirements

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SAT Subject Tests
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AP Course Credit
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Dual Enrollment
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Important Deadlines

Application TypeApplication DeadlineReply Deadline
Fall Regular DecisionAugust 30
Spring Regular DecisionJanuary 15
May 15
Test Optional
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Applications Accepted
Rolling Admissions
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Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
Out-Of-State Students
Students Enrolled By Household Income

< $30k
$30k - $48k
$48k - $75k
$75k - $110k

Admissions Resources

Admissions: visit page
Admissions Email: [email protected]
Admissions Telephone: 310-434-4380
For International Student Services: visit page
For Students with Disabilities: visit page
For Veteran Services: visit page

What Students Are Saying

I made sure to lookup my professors on before deciding to stick with the particular professor I chose. Of course everyone has to take it upon themselves to get a good grade, but you still need to make sure you have a professor who is willing to help you when you ask for it and who genuinely loves teaching.
Amanda from Los Angeles, CA
Good teachers are more important than a good schedule but classes fill up quickly so be fast ! Crashing classes is also very effective way to get in if you did not enroll fast enough.
Also, make sure you check out the clubs ! SMC has a lot of great clubs ! Eco Action is my favorite but we have tons of other clubs (they're even starting a surf club this year ).
Caroline from Santa Monica, CA
Before prospective students go to SMC, I suggest that you make a clear plan to take as many units as you can while at SMC. Also, I suggest enrolling in classes as soon as you can because the classes fill up quickly. Finally, study hard and take in as much information and life experience as you can while you are a student here.
Eun from Suwanee, GA
Use all the resources you can to maximize your learning experience.
Maxwell from Los Angeles, CA
I say if you are not ready for a 4-year university than you should definitely consider Santa Monica College. Also, it has the highest transfer rate to UC's One thing I would give advice on is that you should definitely speak with a counselor before starting because you don't want to be stuck at SMC forever.
A California
A very good tip for prospective students would be to not give up half way when things are looking bad. That you should not give in to pressure because where there is a will there is a way. Having good grades and maintaining them is not very hard because there is a lot of help available for you. The most important thing that you have to remember is that you should learn how to manage your time. If you do not know how to manage your time, getting things done will be very difficult. Things will get clamped together and you will miss out assignments, tests and important events. You can avoid all of these things if you are able to manage your time and student planners are a vary good way to do so. Also, a very good tip would be to visit a counselor at least twice per semester as this will help you keep in track with your goals.
Jesus from Los Angeles, CA
I would suggest that you go to a counselor in the welcome center and then after you are in enrolled, go to the counselors within the counseling center. If one counselor you see is not the right one for you, don't give up, just make an appointment to see another. Most importantly research this college to see if it is the right one for you.
Michelle from Los Angeles, CA
Stay well-informed on current requirements in the fields you are most interested in. Always keep your eye out for new, diverse opportunities; be willing to explore!
Jessica from Los Angeles, CA
sign up as soon as possible for classes. buy used books to save money.
Christina from Los Angeles, CA
Classes fill up very soon. Sooner you add, the better

Don't completely depend on the counselors on
1. Completing requirements for a specific university.
Solution - Contact your major's Dept. of the University you are transferring to, to get 'all' the information you need or there's about a 50% chance you could be wasting 1 or 2 more semesters in SMC.

2. Don't expect the counselors to know anything specific about your major except for what is at and
Partial solution - Contact an appropriate professor. Partial because I got most helpful information off the internet's reliable sources than what I got from a couple of professors. Now don't get the wrong idea. Most of the Professors I've had are top-notch. But they might not be up-to-date.

e.g: I want to be a computer hardware engineer. So I kept looking at and for job listings. Many of the positions mainly required that i know Verilog. I asked a couple of my professors and they did not know what it was. From internet I learned that it is an HDL (Hardware Descriptive Language) and that SMC does not offer it but many universities in my hit-list do.

Moral of the story- Do your own research about what you want and how to get it!
Harshana from Westwood, CA