Santa Monica College.

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica, CA4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College (SMC) is a public, community college in Santa Monica, California. Founded as a junior college in 1929, SMC enrolls over 30,000 students in more than 90 fields of study. Although initially serving primarily pre-college high school students, the college quickly expanded its enrollment to educate college-age students and non-traditional students with the primary intention to transfer to a four-year university. It is one of the few schools which has high transfer rates to four-year universities such as UCs or CSUs. Today, two-thirds of students at Santa Monica College are enrolled part-time. With over 2,000 employees, SMC is a major employer in the Greater Los Angeles Area and has a significant impact in the region's economy. Occupying the entire Santa Monica Community College District, SMC is the only public institution of higher education in Santa Monica. The main campus, located on Pico Boulevard, is the college's largest location. The college operates five satellite campuses across Santa Monica. SMC is the leader in California's 113 community college system in transfers to the University of California system. Since 1929, SMC has provided job training, educational opportunities and cultural enrichment through its radio station KCRW (89.9 FM), the Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center and lifelong learning through distinctive programs such as its Emeritus College for older adults.


  • Offers certificate, and associate degrees
  • 27,190 students
  • 0.07 faculty staff per student

Notable programs at Santa Monica College

Visual and Performing Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Visual and Performing Arts, Environmental Science, International Business, Journalism, Advertising, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Linguistics.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at Santa Monica College was $8,558, while for in-state students it was $1,142. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $3,608.

The average financial aid at Santa Monica College is $6,696. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $1,862 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at Santa Monica College

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

52% of undergraduate students at Santa Monica College received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Santa Monica College

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,746.

Diversity at Santa Monica College

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017