Welcome to Santa Monica College!
If you don’t currently attend Santa Monica College, fill out an application online at www.smc.edu/admissions for admission. Then sign up for classes online at your appointed date and time. Our campus is filled with dedicated people who want you to succeed, so if you need help, please ask!
Take a shortcut to becoming an SMC student!
Our Welcome Center offers new students a “one-stop shop” for admission, enrollment, orientation, academic counseling, financial aid, and more. No appointment necessary—just walk in the door! The Welcome Center (number 32 on the campus map) is located next to the Health Services Center.
Fast track your General Education needs
Accelerate meeting your General Education requirements by enrolling in special short-term classes. Visit Short-Term Classes for class listings.
Free Parking and Shuttle Service
Students can park for free and ride the free shuttle service from an off-campus shuttle lot. Visit www.smc.edu/transportation for the most current parking and transit information.
Statement of Equal Opportunity
Santa Monica College is committed to equal opportunity in all of its academic programs and is in compliance with Equal Opportunity standards as required by Federal and State laws and District policy. Unless specifically exempted by statute or regulation, ALL SMC COURSES ARE OPEN TO ENROLLMENT AND PARTICIPATION BY ANY PERSON WHO HAS BEEN ADMITTED TO THE COLLEGE AND MEETS THE COURSE PREREQUISITES.
The Vision, Mission, & Goals
Santa Monica College: Changing Lives in the Global Community Through Excellence In Education
Santa Monica College will be a leader and innovator in learning and achievement. As a community committed to open dialog and the free exchange of ideas, Santa Monica College will foster its core values: knowledge, intellectual inquiry, research-based planning and evaluation, academic integrity, ethical behavior, democratic processes, communication and collegiality, global awareness, and sustainability.
Santa Monica College provides a safe and inclusive learning environment that encourages personal and intellectual exploration, and challenges and supports students in achieving their education goals. Students learn to contribute to the global community as they develop an understanding of their relationship to diverse social, cultural, political, economic, technological, and natural environments. The College recognizes the critical importance of each individual’s contribution to the achievement of this mission.
Santa Monica College provides open and affordable access to high-quality undergraduate degrees and certificates, and participates in partnerships with other colleges and universities to facilitate access to baccalaureate and higher degrees. The College’s programs and services assist students in the development of skills needed to succeed in college, prepare students for careers and transfer, and nurture a lifetime commitment to learning.
To fulfill this mission, Santa Monica College has identified the following Institutional Learning Outcomes and supporting goals.
Institutional Learning Outcomes
Santa Monica College has identified the following Institutional Learning Outcomes as part of its mission to provide programs and services to assist students in the development of skills needed to succeed in college, prepare students for careers and transfer, and nurture a lifetime commitment to learning.
Santa Monica College students will:
Acquire the self-confidence and self-discipline to pursue their intellectual curiosities with integrity in both their personal and professional lives;
Obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to access, evaluate, and interpret ideas, images, and information critically in order to communicate effectively, reach conclusions, and solve problems;
Respect the inter-relatedness of the global human environment, engage with diverse peoples, acknowledge the significance of their daily actions relative to broader issues and events;
Assume responsibility for their own impact on the earth by living a sustainable and ethical life style; and
Demonstrate a level of engagement in the subject matter that enables and motivates the integration of acquired knowledge and skills beyond the classroom.
Innovative and Responsive Academic Environment
Continuously develop curricular programs, learning strategies, and services to meet the evolving needs of students and the community.
Supportive Learning Environment
Provide access to comprehensive student learning resources such as library, tutoring, and technology;
Provide access to comprehensive and innovative student support services such as admissions and records, counseling, assessment, outreach, and financial aid.
Stable Fiscal Environment
Respond to dynamic fiscal conditions through ongoing evaluation and reallocation of existing resources and the development of new resources.
Sustainable Physical Environment
Apply sustainable practices to maintain and enhance the College’s facilities and infrastructure including grounds, buildings, and technology.
Supportive Collegial Environment
Employ decision-making and communication processes that respect the diverse needs of the entire college community.