Overall, SMC was a great school; lots of amazing professors and safe neighborhood. Since this school is well-known for No.1 transfer rate to UC schools, people are very studious and passionate. I've taken some really good classes, which was mind-blowing and life changing! There's no other school that offers hight level education at community college that SMC! Santa Monica is an expensive area to live in, however, there are countless activities around school. Personally, I felt like they do not give many resources and helps for an international student. Student counselor was not responsible nor helpful for student's academic success. Thus, you can't fully rely on their advice nor expect them to finish work on time.