• 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 25,948 students (39% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is lower than the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 74% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is equal to the state average of 74%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 25,948 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,176
  • Out-state tuition: $7,836
  • Student:teacher ratio: 21:1
  • Minority enrollment: 74%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Santa Monica College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 1,229 teachers has grown by 83% over five years.
Santa Monica College
(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Four or more years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
1,229 staff
308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Santa Monica College has declined by 12% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has decreased from 22:1 over five years.
The Santa Monica College diversity score of 0.80 is more than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
25,948 students
5,216 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
21:1
22:1
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# Full-Time Students
10,005 students
1,660 students
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# Part-Time Students
15,943 students
6,239 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
194 students
302 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
10,005 students
1,580 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
54 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
15,943 students
6,239 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
10 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% Asian
10%
14%
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% Hispanic
35%
45%
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% Black
5%
5%
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% White
26%
26%
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% Two or more races
4%
4%
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% Non Resident races
17%
3%
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% Unknown races
2%
3%
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Diversity Score
0.80
0.70
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
30%
28%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
19.33%
1.92%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$38,100
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,176 is less than the state average of $1,246. 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 $6,603. The out-state tuition has declined by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,176
$1,246
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,836
$6,603
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
66%
86%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$6,750
$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$6,239
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Santa Monica College cost?

Santa Monica College's tuition is approximately $1,176 for In-State students and $7,836 for Out-State students.

What is Santa Monica College's ranking?

Santa Monica College ranks among the top 20% of community college in California for: Diversity in US community colleges, Largest student body and Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 25,948 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,176
  • Out-state tuition: $7,836
  • Student:teacher ratio: 21:1
  • Minority enrollment: 74%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Did You Know?

The average community college acceptance rate in Los Angeles County, CA is 75%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Los Angeles County, CA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.67, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Los Angeles County, CA is Los Angeles Film School. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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