The Scholars Program is a distinctive academic community within the larger Santa Monica College campus.  Scholars’ students are a talented group of highly motivated individuals whose goals demand specialized and intense academic preparation and study. This Program aims to prepare students for transfer to the colleges and universities of their choice.

Through special transfer agreements with top four-year colleges and universities, Scholars students get priority consideration for admissions to the following campuses: The UCLA College of Letters and Science (TAP), UC Irvine, Loyola Marymount University, to name a few.

The Scholars Program philosophy is to promote mastery of subject matter demonstrated through writing, research, critical thinking, and analysis. Scholars courses are taught by faculty that are highly recommended by their respective departments and their students. The Scholars Program coursework provides students with the educational background essential to university-level work.