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Santa Monica College Overview

Located in Santa Monica, California, Santa Monica College is a public institution. Santa Monica is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Santa Monica College Known For?

8,979 Undergraduate Awards
  • The bachelor's degree is the highest award offered at SMC.
  • In 2017-2018, 25% of the faculty were full-time.

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Santa Monica College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

SMC has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Most Popular Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SMC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Political Science & Government Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Film, Video & Photographic Arts Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular Communication & Journalism Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular History Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Most Popular Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Most Popular Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Santa Monica College?

Location of Santa Monica College

Contact details for SMC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1628
Phone: 310-434-4000
Website: www.smc.edu

How Do I Get Into SMC?

You can apply to SMC online at: www.smc.edu/EnrollmentDevelopment/Admissions/Pages/Apply-Online.aspx

As long as you submit the requested materials to Santa Monica College when applying, you shouldn't have to worry about getting in since the school has an open admissions policy.

Can I Afford Santa Monica College?

2% Take Out Loans
9.7% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At SMC, approximately 2% of students took out student loans averaging $4,341 a year. That adds up to $17,364 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SMC is 9.7%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

Santa Monica College Undergraduate Student Diversity

10,987 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 27,497 undergraduate students at SMC, with 10,987 being full-time and 16,510 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SMC

Gender Diversity

Of the 10,987 full-time undergraduates at SMC, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SMC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Santa Monica College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SMC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 876
Black or African American 761
Hispanic or Latino 4,046
White 2,138
International Students 2,378
Other Races/Ethnicities 788

Over 114 countries are represented at SMC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and Sweden.

Online Learning at Santa Monica College

3,415 Took All Classes Online
9,591 Took At Least One Class Online
8.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 9,591 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SMC has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 117th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of SMC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Santa Monica College was 8.4%. This is the #1,427 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SMC regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at SMC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at SMC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Data Entry #12
Entrepreneurial Studies #38
Legal Support Services #43
Legal Professions #64
Accounting #149
Computer & Information Sciences #223
Business Administration & Management #483

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Santa Monica College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 1,578 5,016 0 6,594
Biological & Physical Science 0 404 0 0 404
Business Administration & Management 17 319 0 0 336
Political Science & Government 25 129 0 0 154
Human Development & Family Studies 48 77 28 0 153
Communication & Media Studies 0 152 0 0 152
General Psychology 0 111 0 0 111
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 80 8 0 88
Accounting 34 32 12 0 78
Design & Applied Arts 0 49 18 0 67
Nursing 0 55 0 0 55
Fine & Studio Arts 0 53 0 0 53
History 0 48 0 0 48
Health & Physical Education 9 37 0 0 46
Drama & Theater Arts 9 35 0 0 44
Computer Programming 18 23 2 0 43
Computer Information Systems 39 0 0 0 39
Mathematics 0 38 0 0 38
Economics 0 38 0 0 38
General Sales & Marketing 24 9 0 0 33
Environmental Control Technology 21 11 0 0 32
Sociology 0 29 0 0 29
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 20 5 0 25
Audiovisual Communications 0 10 13 0 23
Other Visual Art 0 0 0 22 22
Journalism 0 21 0 0 21
Anthropology 0 21 0 0 21
Computer Science 5 12 2 0 19
Data Entry 8 6 4 0 18
Cosmetology 9 8 0 0 17
Allied Health Professions 0 15 0 0 15
Graphic Communications 0 10 4 0 14
Health & Medical Administrative Services 6 6 2 0 14
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 14 0 0 14
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 13 0 0 13
Music 0 13 0 0 13
Special Education 0 5 6 0 11
Natural Resources Conservation 0 10 1 0 11
Entrepreneurial Studies 9 0 0 0 9
Public Relations & Advertising 3 5 0 0 8
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 4 4 0 0 8
Ethnic Studies 0 8 0 0 8
Business Support & Assistant Services 5 2 0 0 7
International Relations & National Security 2 5 0 0 7
Romance Languages 0 6 0 0 6
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 3 2 0 5
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 3 0 0 3
Geography & Cartography 0 3 0 0 3
Dance 0 3 0 0 3
Legal Support Services 1 1 0 0 2
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 2 0 0 0 2
Insurance 0 0 1 0 1
Computer Software & Applications 0 1 0 0 1
International Business 0 0 0 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 298 3,535 5,124 22 8,979

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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