Orientation & Course Planning

To acquaint students with Santa Monica College’s variety of programs, services, and activities, and to assist students in planning their educational endeavors, SMC’s Welcome Center acts as a “one-stop shop” for admission, enrollment, orientation, academic counseling, and more. A comprehensive orientation program is also available online, where students can view it 24 hours a day, using any computer with a browser and Internet access.


SMC’s orientation program (online at www.smc.edu/orient) provides information on a wide range of topics, including:

   •   SMC’s programs and services;

   •   How to obtain a Certificate of Achievement and/or an Associate in Arts or Science degree;

   •   How to transfer to a four-year college or university;

   •   How to select first-semester courses;

   •   How to complete the enrollment process at SMC; and

   •   Strategies for becoming a successful student.

The orientation program consists of five modules and takes about two hours to complete.

All new students—as well as former SMC students who have been away from the College for four or more semesters—are required to complete the orientation process before they will be permitted to enroll in classes. Disqualified students who have been away from SMC for a year or more must also complete orientation as part of their reinstatement process. Since the College’s programs, policies, and procedures are subject to change without notice, continuing students are strongly encouraged to review the orientation at the start of each semester.

For additional information about the orientation process—as well as information on special orientation sessions held on campus—please drop by SMC’s Welcome Center (located in Room 110 of the Cayton Center), see the Center’s webpage (www.smc.edu/welcomecenter), or call (310) 434-8101.

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