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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  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
    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 11,035 undergraduate students. The SMC acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Business. Graduating 29% of students, SMC alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $23,500.

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.

Santa Monica Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$6,006/ 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
$5,489/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
57%

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.226 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.226 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
10
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
10
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    21%
  • On Campus
    67%
  • Online
    12%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
11,035Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
17,765
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 10 responses
  • Motivated
    40%
  • Stressed
    30%
  • Outgoing
    20%
  • Ok
    10%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
29%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
82%
National
83%

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The atmosphere at Santa Monica College is one that always makes you feel welcomed and encouraged to succeed. I've met so many wonderful mentors, counselors, professors, and faculty that have supported me in my journey through school, and encouraged me throughout it. With so many leadership opportunities and different ways to get involved in student life, there's an individual experience to be had by each and every student. Safety of students and faculty, especially in light of the recent pandemic, has been at the forefront of administrators minds and highly influences decisions made on campus regarding students. Going to SMC has honestly prepared me for higher education and to be a leader. I believe education is a right, and SMC has made great efforts to make it equitable, and always seemingly trying to improve. As someone who has worked with faculty behind the scenes, I truly know that they care; they care about me, how I'm doing, and what lies in my future!
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As a new student entering the college life during a global pandemic it's really hard to keep track of things like school and work. Santa Monica college has made it easy for me. They have resources such as QLines so you can get into contact with a councelor and they answer very quickly as well. You will run into staff who just sound like they don't want to be there but that's everywhere. My experience with one councelor made me feel very welcomes at SMC. They make sure all those resources are available to you virtually. I want to say it's been a great first couple of weeks enrolled as a student. Because of them, I won't be paying full enrollment because of their financial help. Love it so far!
SMC is a really great school—great location, pretty good classes/professors, and lots of support. However there’s always room for improvement, especially with some of the student services. I sometimes find that I’m getting more information from the school website than what the people who are supposed to help in person give. Other than that, can’t wait to finish off in 2021!