Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College, or SMC, is a public community college located in Santa Monica, California. The college was originally founded in 1929 as the Santa Monica Junior College. It enrolls more than 25,000 students in over 90 fields of study. SMC is ranked number one among California's community colleges in transfers to the University of California, University of Southern California, and Loyola Marymount University.

Santa Monica College offers a variety of occupational certificate programs in fields which include accounting, fashion design, office information systems, and entertainment technology. It is the home of KCRW (89.9 FM), a leading public radio station in the US.

Santa Monica College fields more than 15 sports, and competes in the Western State Conference. The mascot for SMC is Pico the Corsair, and the sports teams are known as the Corsairs.

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Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica , CA 90405-1628
General Phone: (310) 434-4000

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Santa Monica College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,023women's studies, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences
Business and Management157business management, accounting, small business management, international business, sales and marketing, sales
Science115biological and physical sciences
Design104fashion design, interior design, graphic design
Family and Social Work89child development
Nursing and Emergency Medicine63registered nursing
Photography and Commercial Art31commercial photography, film studies
Computer Science and Engineering19information technology, computer programming, computer science, web design, database administration, computer networking, webmastering, computer support
Art Studies18art studies
Beauty and Cosmetology17cosmetology
Office and Administration14data entry, office management, administrative assistant
Drama and Performing Arts12dance, drama
Media10journalism, radio and television, digital communications, desktop publishing and imaging, animation and special effects
Construction Trades10apparel and textile marketing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy3health and physical education
Medical Support and Technology2respiratory care tech
Law0legal secretary
Education and Teaching0early childhood special ed
Medical Administration0medical secretary

Number of programs and degrees for Santa Monica College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree1,47636
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years028
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years21615

Santa Monica College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Santa Monica College had a total enrollment of 28,958 students (20,158 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 32%
Black 10%
Hispanic 23%
Asian 14%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 12%
(Foreign Students) 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 5%
18-19 27%
20-21 19%
22-24 15%
25-29 14%
30-34 7%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 3%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown30%

Santa Monica College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 68 %
Part-Time 45 %

Santa Monica College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Santa Monica, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Santa Monica College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 508
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 4,444
Books and supplies $ 1,224

Financial Aid:
Santa Monica College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 128600)

Santa Monica College Faculty

Santa Monica College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year134$89,327183$94,756
All faculty totalacademic year134$89,327183$94,756

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Santa Monica College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Selling Skills and Sales Operations
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
Information Technology
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management

Fashion/Apparel Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms

Family And Social Work
Child Development

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary

Medical Support And Technology
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General
Office Management and Supervision

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial Photography
Film/Cinema Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences

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