Santa Monica College

Tel: (310)434-4000
  • 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 52 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 668 teachers has grown by 8% 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 staff92 staff
Santa Monica College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 30,158 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 45:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.78 is more than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 11% over five years.
Total Enrollment30,158 students7,516 students
Santa Monica College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio45:144:1
Santa Monica College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students10,861 students1,613 students
Santa Monica College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students19,297 students5,903 students
Santa Monica College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Santa Monica College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Santa Monica College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Santa Monica College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Santa Monica College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Santa Monica College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Santa Monica College More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
Santa Monica College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Santa Monica College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.780.73
Santa Monica College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Santa Monica College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$38,100$34,900
Santa Monica College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

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
Santa Monica College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,836$6,797
Santa Monica College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid57%78%
Santa Monica College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$8,000$9,500
Santa Monica College Median debt for students who have completed (2009-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$5,500
Santa Monica College Median debt for students who have not completed (2008-2015)
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.

Nearby Schools

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  • 1,436 students | 1.10 MiSanta Monica Bus Park, 2900 31st St
    Santa Monica CA  90405
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    Los Angeles CA  90034
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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 $18,802 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 83%. 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 0.67. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.