Santa Monica College
Santa Monica, CA 90405-1628


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Large
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad only
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 30,828
Religious affiliation None
Open Admission
Student to faculty ratio 30:1
Campus housing No
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Santa Monica College has an open admission policy. That means there is no standardized test or GPA requirements. Any high school graduate or GED certificate holder may get admission.

Tuition & Fees

Santa Monica College charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $8,040 and in-state students paid $1,104.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 51% of Santa Monica College's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 35% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,388 (which is 1% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Santa Monica College in 2016-2017, was 69, which is 2% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $4,716 (which is 11.1% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, Santa Monica College has enrolled a total of 30,828 students (11,304 students full-time and 19,524 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 30,828 students, 1,821 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 47% men and 53% women and all students were enrolled for undergraduate studies.

The institution also enrolled 2,908 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

Hispanic: 40%

White: 26%

Non-resident alien: 11%

Asian: 9%

Black/African American: 9%

Two or more races: 4%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Santa Monica College.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 55% 8,069
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 11% 1,581 0
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 5% 678
Visual And Performing Arts 4% 598
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 3% 438
Social Sciences 2% 273
Family And Consumer Sciences/human Sciences 2% 263
Health Professions And Related Programs 2% 255
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 1% 139
Communications Technologies/technicians And Support Services 1% 108

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Santa Monica College full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of Santa Monica College graduates 6 years after enrollment is $22,000. Last year, out of the total 3,218 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 2,639 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 2,525 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 2,071 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $22,000 $32,500
Employment Rate 82% 82%
Total Graduates 3,218 2,525

Campus Location

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