Santa Monica College

  • 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 28,800 students (38% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 43:1 is lower than the state community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 71% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 75%.

Top Placements

Santa Monica College places among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 668 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Santa Monica College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's DominantBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelFour or more yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty668 staff145 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Santa Monica College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 43:1 has decreased from 48:1 over five years.
The Santa Monica College diversity score of 0.73 is equal to the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has declined by 6% over five years.
Total Enrollment28,800 students8,590 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio43:145:1
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# Full-Time Students11,035 students2,007 students
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# Part-Time Students17,765 students6,583 students
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% Asian
10%
12%
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% Hispanic
40%
43%
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% Black
10%
7%
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% White
29%
25%
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% Two or more races
5%
4%
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% Non Resident races
5%
4%
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% Unknown races
1%
4%
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Diversity Score0.730.73
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College Completion Rate
30%
29%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$38,100$34,600
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Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $1,176 is less than the state average of $1,458. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,836 is more than the state average of $6,710. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,176$1,458
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,836$6,710
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid54%76%
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Median Debt for Graduates$7,875$10,063
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,751
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Source: 2019 (or 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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Santa Monica College is West Los Angeles College (4.9 miles away).
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