C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
Santa Monica College is ...
Public
Athletic Division
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Athletic Conference
Address
1900 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Santa Monica College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
High School GPA
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$7,016/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $4,919/ year
  • $30-48k
    $5,685/ year
  • $49-75k
    $7,889/ year
  • $76-110k
    $9,983/ year
  • $110k+
    $11,365/ year
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Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
30:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.224 responses
34%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.206 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.206 responses
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Students

Full-Time Enrollment
11,304Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
35%
Varsity Athletes
3%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$32,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
30%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
82%
National
83%

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Santa Monica College Reviews

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Santa Monica College is a top Community College for transferring. It holds diverse programs for Associate Degrees and for transfer to a 4-year university.

Campus: the community is really diverse, with more than 3,000 students that are internationals. There are programs that help minorities and internationals to feel welcomed into the community (Adelante Program, Black Collegians Program, International Student Forum, etc...). The campus itself is at great location, 10 minutes by car from Santa Monica Pier, and it has public transportation right next to it for students who don't have a car.

Academics: SMC offers many professors for the same class, so the chances of having a good experience with teachers and learning is high. SMC also offers many opportunities to build your extracurricular portfolio. You can be President's Ambassador, Associate Student representative, Alumni Ambassador, SI leader; jobs on campus, internships. Take advantage of all that! Good Luck!
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Great community college and probably the best in California. It prepares you the transfer to a 4 year university. It is affordable if you are a resident of California. It is very diverse, in a great location near the beach and friendly people. There are social events and counselors are helpful! I transferred from this college to San Francisco state university.
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.