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SMC|Student Services|Scholars Program|Applying


A Scholars Program application is separate from the Santa Monica College Admissions Application. While International students are welcome to apply to the Program and will receive many of the Program’s benefits, UCLA does not extend priority consideration for non-residents at this time.

The application period for Summer/Fall 2014 begins Monday, March 17th. The deadline to submit complete application packets is Monday, July 7th. The sooner you apply, the better your opportunity of adding select Scholars classes.

The following materials will be required:

  1. Complete the Scholars Program Application.  The application is a fillable PDF.  Please complete all sections, print, sign and date. (Note: Application forms from previous application cycles will not be accepted)

  2. One letter of recommendation from an instructor, counselor, principal, etc.

  3. A 500 word typed essay with your name in the top right corner. Address the following topic: Who you were, who you are, and who you would like to be.

  4. A copy of transcripts from all schools attended. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for applications to Scholars only.  Failure to declare ALL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS will jeopardize admission to the Program.

  5. Verification of English 1 eligibility. Provide a printed copy of SMC English assessment score OR AP English exam score 3 or higher OR proof of previous college English Composition course.

  6. Grade Check Forms* (if applicable).

  7. ALL required documents must be submitted together in one packet.

If needed, AP exam scores may be ordered through College Board.


*Grade Checks 


Grade Check Forms are used for the following circumstances:


  • Students that have not completed 12 units of college work and are currently enrolled in 12+ units may submit grade checks from classes they are currently enrolled in.  Take these forms to the instructors and have them fill them out.  Students should submit this in lieu of a college transcript since they don’t have one yet.


  • Students currently enrolled in less than 12 college units and who have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher may submit the high school transcript as well as grade check forms.


  • Students enrolled in less than 12 units and who have a high school GPA that is lower than 3.0, must complete 12 units of college courses and achieve a GPA of 3.0.


NOTE:  Students with more than 12 college units completed simply need to submit a copy of the transcript (unofficial is fine).