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
Other
Athletic Conference
Address
1900 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Website

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
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Test Scores and GPA for Santa Monica College

Cost

Net Price
$6,847/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $5,233/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,025/ year
  • $49-75k
    $8,086/ year
  • $76-110k
    $9,795/ year
  • $110k+
    $11,365/ year

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.205 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.205 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
11,441Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
3%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$31,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
34%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
79%
National
83%

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Santa Monica College Reviews

1,647 reviews
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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.
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Santa Monica College has world-wide reputation. Many international students come to this school, because Santa Monica college has great transferring system especially with UCLA. Overall, Santa Monica College is Southern California's number 1 transferring community college, number 1 campus environment, and number 1 school faculties! Very diverse atmosphere and friendly people around.
I loved this college and the location was wonderful. The main campus is pretty easy to navigate considering its size and it was less than two miles from the beach and several nearby satellite campuses. Their classes were fairly small size and I really got to know my professors, some of them I'm still friends with. They truly cared about student’s success. One of the things I love the most is that there was a huge push for a high academic standard. Santa Monica College is well known for having a high rate of students graduating and transfers to University. Another reason I'd recommend SMC is because of its extremely rich diversity as well as culture. I've met people who have traveled from completely different parts of the world just so they can attend SMC. Lastly, unfortunately this college doesn’t offer as many classes during the summer semesters and this would be the only thing I would like to see change.