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 30,158 students (36% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 45:1 is higher than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 72% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 68%.
  • Santa Monica College is one of 50 community colleges within Los Angeles County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to Santa Monica College is Everest College-West Los Angeles (4.7 miles away).

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.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty668 staff97 staff

Student Body

  • The student population of Santa Monica College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 45:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Santa Monica College diversity score of 0.78 is more than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment30,158 students7,516 students
Student:Teacher Ratio45:144:1
# Full-Time Students10,861 students1,613 students
# Part-Time Students19,297 students5,903 students
% Asian
11%
13%
% Hispanic
29%
37%
% Black
6%
7%
% White
28%
32%
% Two or more races
3%
3%
% Non Resident races
20%
3%
% Unknown races
2%
5%
Diversity Score0.780.73
College Completion Rate (Year 2015)
30%
29%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$38,100$34,600

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,176 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 31% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,836 is more than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 35% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,176$1,636
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,836$6,797
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid57%78%
Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2015)$8,000$9,500
Median Debt for Dropouts (Year 2015)$4,500$5,500
Source: 2016 (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.

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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,636 per year for in-state students and $6,797 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,157 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 86%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.