The end of the Roaring Twenties ushered in the Great Depression, the first Academy Awards were held, and a certain Santa Monica Junior College opened its doors to 153 students. Evolving missions led to new names — “Santa Monica City College” — and eventually “Santa Monica College,” to reflect the College’s service to the Westside, and to the Greater Los Angeles.
We also pride ourselves on preparing students for careers of the 21st century – in such fields as nursing and health care, solar technology and other “green” careers, entertainment technology, computer technology, early childhood education, business, graphic design and other occupations.
Opened in 1929 with just 153 students. It has now grown to a thriving campus with approximately 34,000 students and offerings in more than 80 fields of study.
We have an impressive academic record. We are the leader among the state's 112 community colleges in transferring students to the University of California, University of Southern California and other four-year campuses.
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Numerous student services are available at Santa Monica College to help students achieve their goals and add something extra to their college experience. These services and resources are designed to help students identify and move forward toward their personal, career, and educational objectives.
Comfortable, secure housing is an important concern for our international students. Although SMC does not have a student dormitory, the IEC, on the 3rd Floor of SMC’s Student Services Building, is happy to assist you with the many housing options available in the area.Because Santa Monica is a desirable beach destination with a world-renowned vibrant community, housing options tend to be on the more expensive side. Don’t worry! Neighboring locales like West Los Angeles, Sawtelle, Mar Vista and Westwood are all within an easy commute and offer a large array of less expensive accommodations.
The SMC Health Services Center provides primary health care services to currently enrolled Santa Monica College students who had paid the California State mandated health fee.
We focus on health promotion, prevention of illness, referrals for needed services, health and nutrition education.
Santa Monica College offers a wide range of campus amd teaching resources programs that can help our students and faculty achieve a high level of success both on and off campus.
Santa Monica College – a two-year community college accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
I began studying and taking general education classes in June 2020, but because of the pandemic, I had a lot of financial and personal problems at home. Online learning did not work for me so I had a rough time, but now that classes are in person; I have decided on my major (aerospace engineering) and am taking all my classes in person. I am an A student with a sharp mind...
I will be transfer at USC
I really enjoy Santa Monica College. My professors are very accommodating and knowledgeable in their field. They go above and beyond to connect students to their future career goals, whether through their personal industry relationships, or searching for internships. I came in hopes of learning about costume design. We don't have a specific course for that, so my fashion...
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