You’ve come to a special place. We believe that Santa Monica College offers an outstanding and unique educational experience. We also believe that we provide a wealth of resources to the community.
What makes us special? Aside from our academic excellence, we have features unique to us – including the John Drescher Planetarium; the beautiful Broad Stage(opens in new window) at the SMC Performing Arts Center, a premiere performing arts venue; and the Center for Media and Design that houses programs like the Bachelor degree in Interaction Design.
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 more than 32,000 students and offerings in more than 100 fields of study.
We have an impressive academic record. We are the leader among the state's 116 community colleges in transferring students to the University of California, University of Southern California, Loyola Marymount University, and other four-year campuses.
Santa Monica College is one of the most affordable institutions of higher education in the world. And we have an active Financial Aid & Scholarships office that will help you get the funds you need to pay for your college education.