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Study at Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College, or SMC, is a public community college located in Santa Monica, California. The college was originally founded in 1929 as the Santa Monica Junior College. It enrolls more than 25, 000 students in over 90 fields of study. SMC is ranked number one among California's community colleges in transfers to the University of California, University of Southern California, and Loyola Marymount University.

Santa Monica College offers a variety of occupational certificate programs in fields which include accounting, fashion design, office information systems, and entertainment technology. It is the home of KCRW (89. 9 FM), a leading public radio station in the US.

Santa Monica College fields more than 15 sports, and competes in the Western State Conference. The mascot for SMC is Pico the Corsair, and the sports teams are known as the Corsairs.

Profile of Santa Monica College

The main campus of Santa Monica College is in Santa Monica, California (a small city). The school is a public school. Santa Monica College offers degrees up to the Associate's degree.

Course Topics

The school tends to concentrate its instruction in a few key disciplines. Santa Monica College students most commonly major in a field related to science, design, art studies, and liberal arts.

Santa Monica College Selectivity

The school admits all qualified candidates under its open-admission policy.


Santa Monica College offers tenure to reward and retain some professors. Salaries for full-time faculty at the school are higher than most, allowing the school to afford quality teaching.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Santa Monica College had 28, 958 enrolled students. The school has a larger minority student population than most schools.

Santa Monica College Tuition and Affordability

Santa Monica College offers comparatively low-priced tuition.

Santa Monica College Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts966liberal arts and sciences, speech and rhetoric, women's studies
Business and Management155business management, accounting, international business, sales and marketing, sales, small business management
Design141graphic design, interior design, fashion design
Science118biological and physical sciences
Family and Social Work75child development
Nursing and Emergency Medicine71registered nursing
Art Studies34art studies
Photography and Commercial Art30commercial photography, film studies
office and Administration15data entry, administrative assistant, office management
Computer Science and Engineering15computer programming, computer support, computer science, information technology, webmastering, database administration, web design, computer networking
Beauty and Cosmetology13cosmetology
Media10radio and television, journalism, animation and special effects, digital communications, desktop publishing and imaging
Construction Trades10apparel and textile marketing
Drama and Performing Arts10drama, dance
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy3health and physical Education
Medical Support and Technology2respiratory care tech
Law0legal secretary
Medical administration0medical secretary
Education and Teaching0early childhood special ed

Contact: Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College

1900 Pico Blvd

Santa Monica, California 90405-1628

General Phone: (310) 434-4000


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