SMC New Student Orientation

Photos from the 2018 VIP Welcome Day

Congrats, we are happy to have you here! 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 and parents can choose to attend a variety of workshops and learn about campus resources. Prepare to jump-start a successful future at SMC.

Ready to RSVP? We will send you a personalized email in mid-August to your non-SMC email address. If you enroll after mid-August, you will receive an email invitation within 24 hours where you can tell us that you plan to attend this exciting event!

Schedule of Events

Information is updated in early August ever year. This event takes place on the Friday before fall semester begins in late August.

TimeEvent and Location
8 – 9 a.m.
Check-In/Registration at Main Campus Core Performance Center Plaza
Check in before 8:30 a.m. to receive VIP student giveaways while supplies last.
RSVP online and bring your QR code for faster check-in process!
9 a.m.
Opening Ceremony at Main Campus Pavilion
10 – 11:50 a.m.

SESSION 1 and SESSION 2: We have something for everyone!

Student Workshops  (click for times and descriptions)

Parent Workshops  (click for times and descriptions)

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.- 2:30
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.


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


Thank You to Our SMC Partners!

Santa Monica College Associated Students Logo Santa Monica College Foundation Logo

Get Inspired to Graduate!

Graduates with family 

You’re a new student now, but graduation is in your future at SMC!

Check out photos and video from last year's graduation celebration.