Santa Monica College

Tel: (310)434-4000
30,358 students
Public institution

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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 30,358 students (37% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 59% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 63%.
Santa Monica College is one of 59 community colleges within Los Angeles County, CA.
The nearest community college is American Academy of Dramatic Arts-Los Angeles (9.1 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of - teachers has declined by 100% over five years.
Santa Monica College Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public

Student Body

The student population of 30,358 teachers has grown by 7% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 48:1 has increased from 46:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.70 is more than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
30,358 students
1,287 students
Santa Monica College Total Enrollment (2006-2012)
# Full-Time Students
11,358 students
832 students
Santa Monica College Full-Time Students (2006-2012)
# Part-Time Students 19,000 students
1,021 students
Santa Monica College Part-Time Students (2006-2012)
Santa Monica College sch enrollment Santa Monica College sta enrollment
% American Indian/Alaskan
- 1%
% Asian
18%
2%
Santa Monica College Asian (2006-2012)
% Hawaiian
-
1%
% Hispanic
30%
7%
Santa Monica College Hispanic (2006-2012)
% Black
8%
12%
Santa Monica College Black (2006-2012)
% White
41%
66%
Santa Monica College White (2006-2012)
% Two or more races
2%
2%
Santa Monica College More (2009-2012)
Santa Monica College sch ethnicity Santa Monica College sta ethnicity
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. 0.70 0.45
Santa Monica College Diversity Score (2006-2012)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,140 is less than the state average of $5,940. The in-state tuition has grown by 74% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $6,012 is less than the state average of $10,072. The out-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,140 $5,940
Santa Monica College In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,012 $10,072
Santa Monica College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Source: 2012 (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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