Santa Monica College

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School Overview

Santa Monica College is a public junior college in Santa Monica, California, located on the west side of Los Angeles. Students pursue a wide selection of professional certification programs in over 90 fields, including office information systems, accounting, fashion design and at the Academy of Entertainment Technology, where students are trained in animation and interactive media.

Santa Monica College is a two-year school enrolling more than 30,000 students. More Santa Monica students transfer to local four-year universities such as USC and UCLA than any other junior college in the state of California.

Santa Monica College has developed a special graduate-level training program called the College Arts Mentor Program. Select students who excel in applied arts and fine arts have the opportunity to train with professionals in their particular field and learn real world career skills.

General Information

Admission Office

1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405-1628
(310) 434-4380
Fax: (310) 434-3645

Contact: Kiersten Elliott
Dean of Enrollment Services

Main Address

1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 434-4000


Total undergrads: 34,446
Degree-seeking undergrads: 21,976


Urban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No
Admissions Policies/Requirements

A note about the college’s admission requirements: Music, theater arts, entertainment technology are competitive with various requirements. Nursing program has course requirements for admission.

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $508 $508 $652 $652 0.00%
Books and Supplies $1,224 $1,224 $1,224 $1,224 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $1,732 $1,732 $1,876 $1,876 0.00%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,305 51%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,299 51% $4,358,996 $3,356
• Federal grants 905 35% $3,520,746 $3,890
• Pell grants 905 35% $3,212,496 $3,550
• Other federal grants 670 26% $308,250 $460
Institutional scholarships or grants 1,266 50% $838,250 $662
Institutional grants or scholarships 0 0% $0
Student loan financial aid 54 2% $182,240 $3,375
• Federal student loans 53 2% $158,354 $2,988
• Other student loans 5 0% $23,886 $4,777

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 1409 257
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 1
Ethnic Studies
Women’s Studies 1
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 160 31
Accounting Technology/technician and Bookkeeping 25 18
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Programs 3
Business Administration and Management 122 3
International Business/trade/commerce 2 4
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Office Management and Supervision 2 4
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations 2 1
Selling Skills and Sales Operations 3
Small Business Administration/management 1 1
Communication and Journalism Programs 17
Journalism 4
Radio and Television 8
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 24 46
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 10 34
Photographic and Film/video Technology/technician and Assistant 14 12
Computing and Information Sciences 13 3
Computer Programming/programmer 4 1
Computer Science 3
Data Entry/microcomputer Applications 6 2
Data Modeling/warehousing and Database Administration
Education 8
Education/teaching Of Individuals In Early Childhood Special Education Programs 8
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 89
Medical Administrative/executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 79
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist 10
Legal and Law Studies
Legal Administrative Assistant/secretary
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 851
Humanities/humanistic Studies 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 840
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 134
Biological and Physical Sciences 134
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 1
Health and Physical Education/fitness 1
Personal and Culinary Services 5 45
Cosmetology/cosmetologist 5 45
Visual and Performing Arts 77 73
Art/art Studies 24
Dance 1
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 12
Fashion/apparel Design 3
Film/cinema/video Studies 12
Graphic Design 13 32
Interior Design 8 41
Music 4
Work and Family Studies 36 51
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management 6 5
Child Care Provider/assistant 30 46
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing
Commercial Photography A
Commercial/Advertising Art A
Dance A
Drama/Theater Arts A
Fine/Studio Arts A
Music – General A
Photography A

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting A
Business – General A,C
Business Administration/Management A,C
Entrepreneurial Studies A,C
Office Clerical Services A,C
Real Estate A,C

Communications & Journalism
Journalism A

Communications Technologies
Animation/Special Effects C
Communications Technologies – General A

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Programming – General A,C
Computer Science C
Computer/Information Sciences – General C
Data Processing Technology A,C
Information Sciences/Systems A,C

Construction Trades
Building/Property Maintenance A

Engineering Technologies
Architectural Engineering Technology A,C
Drafting and Design Technology A,C
Electrical Engineering Technologies A,C

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General A

Family & Consumer Sciences
Family/Consumer Sciences – General A,C

History – General A

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies
Auto Body Repair A,C

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General A,C

Physical Sciences
Chemistry A
Geology A
Physics A

Security & Protective Services
Fire Science/Firefighting A,C
Law Enforcement Administration A,C
Police Science A

Social Sciences
Political Science/Government A
Social Sciences – General A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Santa Monica College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (310) 434-4000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1628
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 27,497
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 29 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 17,058 (62% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $1,144
Out-of-state Tuition: $8,840
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 57%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,489

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Santa Monica College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Santa Monica College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 187
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 44
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 22
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 84
Education 11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 42
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 33
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 34
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Legal Professions and Studies 21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 32
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 23
Personal and Culinary Services 21
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 46
Visual and Performing Arts 6111
Grand total 64621

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Santa Monica College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $1,144
Out-of-state $8,840
Books and supplies $1,746

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,020 57%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,010 57% $5,489
Student loan aid 38 1% $5,056

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 14,648 51% $3,135
Federal student loans 446 2% $5,620

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Santa Monica College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Santa Monica College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Santa Monica College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 27,497
Undergraduate enrollment 27,497
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Santa Monica College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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