Santa Monica College

Tel: (310)434-4000
33,298 students
Public institution
Santa Monica College strives to create a learning environment that both challenges our students and supports them in achieving their educational goals. We prepare our students to contribute to the global community as they develop an understanding of their personal relationship to the world’s social, cultural, political, economic, technological, and natural environments.
School Highlights
Santa Monica College serves 33,298 students (32% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 74% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 71%.
Santa Monica College is one of 54 community colleges within Los Angeles County, CA.
The nearest community college is The Art Institute of California-Argosy University Los Angeles (1.10 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 657 teachers has grown by 6% over five years.
College Santa Monica College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 657 staff
61 staff
Santa Monica College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 33,298 has grown by 11% over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.77 is more than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 120% over five years.
Total Enrollment 33,298 students 1,315 students
Santa Monica College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 10,547 students
815 students
Santa Monica College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 22,751 students
1,061 students
Santa Monica College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Santa Monica College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Santa Monica College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Santa Monica College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Santa Monica College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Santa Monica College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Santa Monica College More (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
Santa Monica College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
Santa Monica College Non Resident (2006-2013)
Santa Monica College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.77 0.70
Santa Monica College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,176 is less than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has grown by 80% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,596 is less than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has grown by 41% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,176 $5,590
Santa Monica College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,596 $10,086
Santa Monica College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 57%
Santa Monica College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • To fulfill this mission, the College provides open and affordable access to excellent associate degree and occupational certificate programs. These programs prepare students for successful careers, develop college-level skills, enable transfer to universities, and foster a personal commitment to lifelong learning. We have an impressive academic record. We are the leader among the state's 108 community colleges in transferring students to the University of California , University of Southern California and other four-year campuses. We also pride ourselves on preparing students for careers of the 21st century – in such fields as nursing, computer applications, early childhood education, business, accounting, graphic design and other occupations. Set on a 38-acre main campus less than two miles from the beach, Santa Monica College has everything today's student needs to succeed – computer labs, athletic facilities, performing and visual arts spaces, and active student clubs. The SMC Library underwent a $23.6 million expansion and modernization and reopened in August 2003 as a state-of-the-art, architecturally praised facility. Our Science Complex, which opened in fall 1999, features the latest in equipment and high-tech labs. Our award-winning faculty works closely with students to ensure their success, and we have numerous student services to help students meet their goals. Santa Monica College – a two-year community college accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges – opened in 1929 with just 153 students. It has now grown to a thriving campus with 25,000 students and offerings in more than 80 fields of study.

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Did You Know?
For Los Angeles County, CA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,568 per year for in-state students and $8,631 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $20,830 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Los Angeles County, CA is 71%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Los Angeles County, CA community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.68, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Los Angeles County, CA is Keck Graduate Institute. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.