Friday, August 25, 2017

Join us for this fun day at Santa Monica College, the #1 transfer college to UCLA, USC, the University of California system, and Loyola Marymount University! Students can choose to attend a variety of workshops and learn about campus resources. Prepare to jump start a successful future at SMC. Congrats, we are happy to have you here!

Schedule of Events

TimeEvent and Location
8 – 9 a.m.
Check-In/Registration at Campus Quad
Check in before 8:30 a.m. to receive VIP student giveaways while supplies last.
9 a.m.
Opening Ceremony at Library Steps
10 – 11:50 a.m.
Workshop Sessions (click for times and descriptions)
Financial Aid
Time Management
Choosing a Major
Campus Life
Faculty Tips
Student Tips
Parent Workshop
Taller para Padres
SMC Campus Tours
12 – 1 p.m.
Lunch at Campus Quad
Join us for lunch, music, and giveaways! Free lunch from In-N-Out or Green Truck.
1 p.m.
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Resource Fair at Campus Quad
Don’t miss this opportunity to find out about campus and community resources available to you!
1 – 4:30 p.m.
Get Ahead
Get ready before school starts! Get your parking decal, books and ID early.


Parents are welcome! ¡Padres son bienvenidos!

  • Financial Aid: Show Me the Money & Avoid the Credit Card Trap

  • Campus Tours (English & Español)

We also encourage you to take advantage of the Campus Resource Fair, which will highlight the many offices and departments that are available to ensure the success of your student while they are attending college at SMC.

We hope that the VIP Welcome Day will answer any and all of your questions, while helping you and your student to feel welcome at Santa Monica College!


Free parking is available at any student lot on campus. View the VIP Welcome Day MapPDF File

Social Media Contest

VIP Welcome Day is an amazing event for new Santa Monica College students! Share your photos and videos using the hashtag #proudtobesmc.

Want to win an $100 bookstore gift card, SMC gear and apparel? Post your photos & videos for a social media contest on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. Check out the rules.


Thank You to Our SMC Partners!

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