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Rolling Stone magazine named SMC among “Ten of the Best” community colleges in the nation. 
Santa Monica College is a public two-year community college accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and by many professional accrediting organizations. It is a leader among the state's 112 community colleges in transferring students to the University of California, UCLA, USC and Loyola Marymount. SMC is also a major job training center in such fields as nursing, computer technology, entertainment technology, accounting, photography and graphic design.

Santa Monica College has no academic admission requirements, and with its low tuition ($46 a unit for most students), provides a higher education opportunity to thousands of students from all economic walks of life.

With an annual budget of $466.2 million and nearly 2,000 employees, SMC is a major employer in the Los Angeles area and has a significant economic impact in the region.

SMC is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees elected by residents of the Santa Monica Community College District, which encompasses Santa Monica and Malibu. The Board also includes an advisory Student Trustee, elected annually by the SMC student body.

The college was founded in 1929 as Santa Monica Junior College and began with 153 students in a facility at Santa Monica High School. In 1952, the college moved to its current site at 1900 Pico Blvd. Enrollment has grown to approximately 34,000 today.

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