The SMC Counseling Department has a number of specialized counseling programs to meet the specific needs you may have. To find a program for you, select from the options below where you will find the location, phone number, link (if available), and description for the various counseling programs available at SMC. If you need help in deciding which programs are right for you, you may also meet with a counselor.

The Transfer/Counseling Center provides educational and personal counseling to all SMC students, and is often the "first stop" for students seeking counseling assistance.

General services include counseling regarding life/school balance, overcoming barriers to success, and other related issues; assistance with course selection and academic planning; advisement on career certificates, Associate of Arts degree and transfer requirements; discussion of important dates and deadlines; and counseling for probationary or disqualified students.

Transfer services include visits from campus representatives from over 60 four-year institutions, campus tours of California colleges and universities, and workshops on the transfer application process and financial aid.

The African-American Collegians Center is dedicated to promoting, encouraging, and increasing the retention, transfer, academic success, and graduation of African American students. The Black Collegians program helps guide the transfer process of Black Collegian students, and has successfully transferred Collegians to colleges and universities including Spelman College, Howard University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Stanford. All SMC students, regardless of ethnicity, are encouraged to visit the Center.

Associated Students provides students with the opportunity to enrich their college experience by becoming involved in student government and in a variety of campus clubs.

  • Athletics Counseling

    (310) 434-8017

This program assists SMC athletes with academic planning, class scheduling, unit enrollment requirements, athletic eligibility, and other athlete-specific educational and counseling issues.

  • CalWORKS
    Student Services Center (SSC)​ 2nd Floor: PDF FileMap​​​

    (310) 434-4082

California's welfare reform program, CalWORKS, offers eligible students the support needed to successfully transition from welfare to self-sufficiency. This includes academic and training support, pre-employment assistance, work-study experiences, financial resources and childcare services.

  • CARE (Cooperative Agencies and Resources for Education) 
    Student Services Center (SSC)​ 104PDF FileMap​​​
    (310) 434-4449

CARE is a state-funded program that offers educational and financial support services to single parents receiving AFDC/TANF and attending SMC full time.

The Career Services Center offers a full spectrum of employment and career services including job and employment counseling, career counseling, job placement, internship placement, and assistance with resume writing and interviewing. The Center has a full library of career resources, as well as computer-based career information systems.

The center serves students with disabilities who require assistance to succeed in their academic endeavors and to actively participate in the competitive mainstream college life. This assistance includes counseling services, technical support (including readers, interpreters, and test accommodations), and specialized support classes.

The Center for Wellness & Wellbeing offers short-term personal counseling to currently enrolled students who have paid the Health Services fee. Personal concerns sometimes interfere with study and concentration. These concerns may be feelings of anxiety, depression, or lack of self-confidence; interpersonal problems with family or friends; life stresses such as leaving home, death of a loved one; or other problems such as alcohol or drug use, eating habits, sexual issues, etc.  Licensed psychologists and interns/trainees help students resolve these problems or help them find appropriate resources in the community. Topic-oriented workshops (e.g., Test Anxiety, Stress Management) and mental health-related trainings are also offered.

The Counseling Department offers several Counseling classes to help students achieve success in school and in life. These courses, taught by Counseling Faculty, include: Counseling 1: Developing Learning Skills; Counseling 12: Career Planning; Counseling 15: Orientation Seminar; Counseling 16: Job Success Skills; Counseling 17: Anger Management; Counseling 18: Conflict Resolution; Counseling 20: Student Success Seminar. The Department also offers many "Counseling - Special Education" courses, covering similar topics and designed specifically for students with learning and/or physical disabilities.

  • DREAM Program
    Student Services Center (SSC)​ 104: PDF FileMap​​​

    (310) 434-4892

    The Santa Monica College DREAM Program provides support services to DREAMers (undocumented, AB540 and DACA recipients). Its purpose is to increase the personal growth, development and retention of DREAM students through academic, career, and personal counseling; assistance in applying for the California Dream Act/Financial Aid and scholarships; and providing workshops relative to DREAMers and their families.

  • EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services) 
    Student Services Center (SSC)​ 104: PDF FileMap​​​

    (310) 434-4268

Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOPS) at Santa Monica College is a program that supports the enrollment, retention, graduation and transfer of students who are challenged by economic and educational disadvantages.

The Guardian Scholars Program supports the academic and personal goals of current and former foster youth attending Santa Monica College. Our goal is to support, connect and increase academic awareness and achievement as students embark on their journey within higher education.

The First Year Institute (FYI) is a federally funded program to enhance the educational experience of first-time college students. FYI offers learning communities, a summer bridge program, and other activities that are designed to help first-time college students succeed at SMC.

The International Education Center offers academic and personal counseling for international students who are studying at SMC on an F-1 visa.

The Latino Center is dedicated to promoting, encouraging, and increasing the retention, transfer, academic success, and graduation of Latino students. The Adelante Program is a support program that focuses on academic achievement, cultural awareness, and personal growth, and offers classes that accentuate the Latino experience. All SMC students, regardless of ethnicity, are encouraged to visit the Center.

This program assists SMC nursing students regarding academic planning and other nursing-specific educational and counseling issues.

The Outreach Program serves as a bridge between SMC and local high schools, middle schools, and community agencies to ensure a smooth transition process from high school to college. Outreach provides services to over 60 local high schools in LA County, including college and career fairs, recruitment, financial aid presentations, and application workshops. An additional part of Outreach is Out-of-State recruitment through which the college assists prospective out-of-state students interested in attending SMC.

The Pico Partnership On the Move Program is a joint effort between Santa Monica College, Virginia Avenue Park and the City of Santa Monica, and is designed to provide educational counseling and financial assistance to underserved, under-represented at-risk youth living near the College.

The Scholars Program is an honors program offering academic challenges and critical support services to students with a 3.0 GPA or higher, and provides priority consideration for transfer admission to a variety of universities including UCLA, UC Irvine, Loyola Marymount University, Occidental College, Pomona, and CSU Northridge.

Santa Monica College's STEM Initiatives foster the student skills necessary to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math courses. STEM is an academic support program designed to help traditionally underrepresented students, interested in STEM careers successfully complete their studies at SMC, transfer to a 4-year research orientated baccalaureate program, and enter the STEM workforce.

  • Teacher Academy
    3171 S. Bundy Avenue, Room 317T
    On campus - Library Village 125
    (310) 434-8198

A teacher preparation program that provides specialized academic counseling, early fieldwork opportunities, education courses, and a variety of support services to assist future teachers in completing their educational and career goals.

This program assists honorably-discharged veterans and qualified dependents attending SMC with academic counseling and other matters pertaining to Veterans Administration benefits. The Veterans' Office is located in Liberal Arts 135.

The Welcome Center is a convenient "one-stop shop" where new students can find the information, services, and support they need to make a smooth transition to SMC. During enrollment periods, the Welcome Center has academic and financial aid counselors, staff from the Admissions Office, and trained student ambassadors are on hand to answer questions and assist new students with the admissions and enrollment process.