Things to Know at SMC
Full list: 9 Things You Need to Know + President’s Welcome!
SMC Promise Program
Tell a friend about the SMC Promise Program! Free enrollment and up to $1,200 for textbooks for those who meet the criteria. More info: Promise Program
Meet Pearl! A New Chatbot + New Website
Pearl is a new chatbot platform to help answer your questions on topics such as admission, enrollment, class scheduling, counseling, financial aid, parking, and more. You can also access Pearl on select SMC webpages, SMC GO app, by texting at 310-807-2262, and on the official SMC Facebook and Twitter feeds.
SMC is launching a new website this March! The new site will have a student-focused design, content, and structure. The redesign—heavily driven by student, staff, and faculty feedback—will give you a more accessible site, mobile-friendly browsing, easy to find buttons, and more. SMC will continue to check in to see how the website can better serve you.
Get to campus with less hassle, cost, and frustration. Visit Transportation to find FREE and easy parking, $1 rides to SMC from anywhere in LA on Waze Carpool, instructions to ride BBB for FREE, how to transfer to Metro for only 50¢…and much more.
Everytable: New Food Lounge at CMD
A healthy, affordable food option will open at CMD. The space features a Smartfridge with meals starting at under $5. Items include breakfast burritos, fresh salads, grain bowls, wraps, cold brew coffee, snacks & more. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. A grand opening celebration is happening 1:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25. There will be free food samples, games, giveaways, music by KCRW DJ Mario Cotto, and more.
Take Care of Yourself
Being in school can be stressful, especially if you are juggling other responsibilities. It is very important to take care of yourself, not just to ensure you can stay focused on your academic goals, but for your overall wellbeing. SMC has a whole center dedicated to help you with that. Visit SMC's Center for Wellness and Wellbeing, in the Liberal Arts building (Room 110) whenever you need one-on-one support. Note that the office will be moving mid-March to Math Complex 117. You can also call the office at 310-434-4503 OR a free 24/7 emotional support line anytime at 1(800) 691-6003.
Fresh Food—and Then Some
We know it is not easy for you to stay focused if you are hungry, so Santa Monica College has created a variety of programs to help address student hunger. These include: a new CalFresh resource specialist to help those who are eligible sign up for the federal food assistance program. Those who qualify might be eligible for up to $192 per month in CalFresh benefits. The Cal resource specialist is on campus every Wednesday and Thursday in Student Health Services; stop by or call (310) 434-4262 to make your appointment today!
SMC also has 10 food "The Galley" closets located across campus—you are welcome to drop by, talk to a program leader, and get food you need! They are located in Student Life/Cayton Center; Black Collegians/Adelante; EOP&S; Veterans Resource Center; Athletics; STEM; Athletics; Art Department; Life & Physical Sciences Department; and Photo & Fashion Department. More info: Food Security Programs
Are you registered to vote in California? Registration is easy, takes just five minutes, and can be done at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. Future civic engagement events will be promoted through the Office of Student Life's Civic Engagement website and the Associated Students' Instagram (@smc_as). Additional information and updates are available in the Secretary of State's "Voting in California" information page, or by calling (800) 345-VOTE (8683). Here are some important dates in Spring 2020: Feb. 18 is the Voter Registration Deadline (primary election) and March 3 is Primary Election Day!
Have Some Fun & Find a Community
Whether you are into music, ballroom dancing, new languages, anthropology, art or any other specific interest, chances are high that there's an SMC student club just for that! Most fall and spring semesters, there are over 60 student clubs registered with the Inter-Club Council. You have lots of options to have fun and grow with friends when you're not in class. On the off chance that there is no club that fits your interests, YOU can always start one!
Don't forget to take advantage of the vast range of extra-curricular activities SMC offers just for you. These include concerts, dance performances, plays, athletic events (Go Corsairs!), and recreational options (most events are free or feature steeply discounted student tickets). If you are seeking intellectual engagement outside the classroom, there are tons of free guest lectures with renowned experts and great speakers.
Check out smc.edu/eventsinfo and follow SMC on Facebook (@SantaMonicaCollegeOfficial) and keep an eye out for stories posted on SMC's Instagram (@smcedu) for up-to-date events info.
SMC GO & SMC LiveSafe Apps
If you haven’t already downloaded these helpful SMC apps — do it now for FREE at the App Store or on Google Play.
Saturday and Extended Hours
Several student services and the Campus Bookstore will be open on Saturday, February 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
See extended hours. Order books online.
SMC GO App
- Stay connected to SMC while you are on the GO.
- Available on iOS and Android devices.
Got Questions? Ask Pearl
Who is Pearl? Our bird-bot. Pearl can provide answers to most commonly asked questions and admissions, enrollment, classes, counseling, financial aid, login issues, etc. Pearl is still learning, and you can help her by asking questions!
Where do I find Pearl? Pearl is available at
www.smc.edu, just click the chat bubble at the bottom.
Dates, Deadlines, and Student Services
Problems with Enrollment?
Identify the problem in
Corsair Connect and follow instructions. Head to
Admissions & Records if you continue to have problems. Take a screenshot of error messages.
If you have an "Orientation Hold," you must complete the
SMC Online Orientation to enroll.
If you have an "Assessment Hold," you likely need to complete the English/ESL and mathematics placement process. Go to the Success and Engagement Center (formerly the Assessment Center) in the Student Services Center (first floor).
Make sure you know when and where your classes meet. Check your schedule on
Printable Campus Maps are available.
SMC GO to help you find your classes and to navigate the campus.
Go to all your classes and participate in online classes the first week to avoid the risk of being dropped.
"Crash" courses (go to the first class) and ask the instructor for an add code if you were not able to enroll in a class.
Get your books at the
SMC Bookstore, the SMC Bookstore.
Parking & Transportation
- Parking permits are available
online or in-person at main campus Cashier's Office.
- Don't be late to your classes because of traffic and parking. Leave the car at home and find a better way at
- Unlimited use of the Big Blue Bus is free to all students so pay your fees and
activate your ID.
- Tip: Transfer from BBB to Metro for only 50¢ by buying a special SMC TAP card from the main campus bookstore for $1.
- The BBB runs between main campus and each satellite. After 6pm use Lyft Shared for free until 10:30pm. Use code
- Pick ups and Drop offs should happen at Pico and 19th Street only.
- Walk your bike, scooter, and skateboard through campus to avoid a fine.
Student ID Card
Get your student ID card at the Cashier’s Office. The ID costs $13.
Pay the Associated Students membership fee, get your sticker, and then ride the BBB for free.
Login Problems to Corsair Connect
Student Services Resources