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C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    C
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A-
SMC is a public college located in Santa Monica, California in the Los Angeles Area. It is a big institution with an enrollment of 11,095 undergraduate students. The SMC acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Business. Graduating 30% of students, SMC alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $23,500.
About Santa Monica College...
Athletic Division
CCCAA
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
$6,688/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$4,806/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
51%

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
35%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.220 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.220 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
11,095Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
18,665
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    64%
  • Stressed
    21%
  • Motivated
    14%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,000/ 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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My education at Santa Monica College assisted me in getting accepted to the University of Southern California for the spring semester of 2020! I took mostly general education classes that were usually interesting, and I learned a lot. It was easy to apply for financial aid through the financial aid office, and I had a great experience with a counselor that assisted me by helping me pick my classes. However, the atmosphere of a community college was quite discouraging, because no one really talked to each other. I spent most of my time with friends from high school and working when I was not at school or studying. I took 15 credits, and although it was a lot of work, it was manageable and I recommend taking 15 credits to anyone that wants to show a 4-year school they mean business!
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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!
I loved this school. The campus is beautiful. There are so many courses, amenities, and extracurricular activities offered. I NEVER had a 'bad' professor. I would relive my experience there if I could! It's also really close to the metro which takes you to downtown Santa Monica where there is absolutely anything you want.