Counseling Complex   434-4210

The Transfer/Counseling Center offers academic and transfer counseling, as well as a variety of other invaluable services to students. (Please call (310) 434-4380 for admission and registration information,.)

The academic counseling staff at Santa Monica College assists and advises ALL students on developing their educational plans, and facilitates the successful transfer of students to four-year institutions. Our counselors:

   •   Provide in-depth course-planning and other orientation services for new students who have completed coursework at other institutions;

   •   Help smooth the enrollment process;

   •   Provide information on Associate degrees and professional and occupational certificates;

   •   Provide information and counseling on transferring to colleges and universities;

   •   Evaluate prior college-level work at other schools to determine how it transfers to SMC;

   •   Help with probation and disqualification problems;

   •   Coordinate visits by campus representatives to SMC from more than 100 colleges and universities;

   •   Offer workshops each semester on transfer planning, filing a UC/CSU application, and completing the financial aid process;

   •   Arrange tours of California colleges and universities;

   •   Resolve transfer admission problems;

   •   Identify the general education classes needed to transfer; and

   •   Help students select classes that meet requirements for a particular major.

The Transfer/Counseling Center also provides counseling services online at for students enrolled in on-campus courses (students enrolled in online courses should consult the information available at

Students with special academic counseling needs may also seek counseling services through EOPS/CARE Office, the Center for Students with Disabilities, the International Education Center, Student Support Services (SSS), and Pico Promise Transfer Academy (PPTA), among others.

First-time freshmen can find services tailored to meet the needs of new students at our “one-stop” Welcome Center, located adjacent to the Health Services Center.

For information on the counseling services these various programs provide, please see their individual descriptions in this section of the schedule of classes.

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