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Important Phone Numbers

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  • Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica310-434-4000
  • Automated Call Center310-434-4001
  • Academic Senate310-434-4611
  • Accounts Payable310-434-4283
  • Admissions Office310-434-4380
  • Nonresident Admissions310-434-4461, 310-434-4595
  • International Student Admissions310-434-4217
  • Adult Education310-434-3403, 310-434-4115
  • Airport Arts Campus310-434-4229
  • Alumni310-434-8400
  • Art Department310-434-4230
  • Art Gallery310-434-3434
  • Exhibit Information310-434-8204
  • Associated Students and Student Clubs310-434-4250
  • Associates310-434-4100
  • Athletics310-434-4310
  • Auxiliary Services Business Office310-434-4255
  • Board of Trustees310-434-4241
  • Bookstore (see Campus Store)310-434-4258
  • Broad Stage, The310-434-3200
  • Broadcasting Program310-434-4583
  • Business Education Department310-434-4295
  • CalWORKs310-434-4082
  • Campus Police (Emergency)310-434-4300
  • Campus Police (NONemergency)310-434-4608
  • Campus Store –
  • Airport Arts Campus310-434-4637
  • Bundy Campus310-434-3480
  • Center for Media and Design310-434-3750
  • Main Campus310-434-4258
  • SMC Performing Arts Center310-434-3482
  • CARE Office310-434-4268
  • Career Services Center310-434-4337
  • Cashier’s Office310-434-4664
  • Center for Environmental and Urban Design310-434-3909
  • Center for Media and Design (CMD)310-434-3700
  • Center for Wellness & Wellbeing310-434-4503, 800-691-6003
  • Child Development310-434-8109
  • Children’s Services Coordinator310-434-8526
  • College Ombudsperson310-434-3986
  • Communication and Media Studies Department310-434-4246
  • Communication Studies Program310-434-4246
  • Community Education310-434-3400
  • Community Relations Office310-434-4100
  • Computer Classes –
  • Business Department310-434-4295
  • Corsair Newspaper310-434-4340
  • Cosmetology Department310-434-4292
  • Counseling & Transfer Services310-434-4210
  • CSEA Office310-434-4068
  • Curriculum Office310-434-4277
  • Custodian’s Office310-434-4366
  • Dance Department 310-434-3467
  • Design Technology Department 310-434-3720
  • Disabled Students Center (DSPS)310-434-4265
  • Distance Education Program310-434-3761
  • DREAM Program310-434-4892
  • Drescher Planetarium310-434-3005
  • Early Childhood/Education310-434-8109
  • Earth Sciences Department310-434-4767
  • Education and Early Childhood Counseling310-434-8109
  • Edye, The310-434-3200
  • Emeritus Program310-434-4306
  • Employment Information – Academic310-434-4336
  • Employment Information – >Non-Teaching310-434-4321
  • Employment Information – Student310-434-4343, 310-434-4337
  • English Department310-434-4242
  • Environmental Studies Department310-434-4901
  • EOPS Office310-434-4268
  • ESL Department310-434-4260
  • Events – Information/Tickets310-434-3005
  • Events – Center for Media and Design 310-434-3777
  • Events – SMC Performing Arts Center310-434-3200
  • Events – Business Office310-434-3005
  • Extension, SMC310-434-3400
  • Facility Rentals310-434-3002
  • Faculty Association310-434-4394
  • Fashion Design/Merchandising310-434-4621
  • Film Studies Program310-434-4246
  • Financial Aid Office310-434-4343
  • Fitness Center310-434-4741
  • Foundation310-434-4215
  • General Advisory Board310-434-4100
  • Grants310-434-3718
  • Graphic Design Program310-434-3720
  • Guardian Scholars Program310-434-4491
  • Health Sciences Department310-434-3450
  • Health Services – Student310-434-4262
  • High Tech Training Center310-434-4267
  • Human Resources – Academic310-434-4415
  • Human Resources – Classified310-434-4881
  • Interior Design Program310-434-3720
  • International Education Center310-434-4217
  • Job Placement – Student310-434-4343
  • Journalism Program310-434-4246
  • KCRW 89.9 FM310-450-5183
  • Kinesiology/Physical Education Department310-434-4310
  • KWRF310-434-4583
  • Latino Center310-434-4459
  • Learning Disabilities Program310-434-4684
  • Library310-434-4334
  • Life Sciences Department310-434-4761
  • Maintenance – Operations – Grounds310-434-4378
  • Mathematics Department310-434-4274
  • Matriculation310-434-8708
  • Media Center310-434-4352
  • Media Studies Program310-434-4246
  • Modern Languages Department310-434-4248
  • Music Department 310-434-4323
  • Noncredit (Adult Education)310-434-3403, 310-434-4115
  • Nursing Program310-434-3450
  • Ombudsperson310-434-3986
  • Outreach and Recruitment Office310-434-4189
  • Parking Enforcement310-434-4608
  • Payroll310-434-4234
  • Personnel Commission310-434-4410
  • Philosophy and Social Sciences Department310-434-4244
  • Photography Department310-434-3547
  • Photography Gallery310-434-4289
  • Physical Education310-434-4310
  • Physical Sciences Department310-434-4788
  • Pico Partnership Program310-434-4926
  • Planetarium310-434-3005
  • Planning and Development310-434-4215
  • Pool Information310-458-8700
  • President’s Office310-434-4200
  • Psychology Department310-434-4276
  • Public Policy Institute310-434-3429
  • Public Programs310-434-4100
  • Purchasing310-434-4304
  • Receiving Department310-434-4373
  • Registration310-434-4380
  • Reprographics310-434-4828
  • Scholars Program310-434-4371
  • 24-hour Recorded Information310-434-4059
  • Scholarships310-434-4290
  • School Relations Office310-434-4189
  • Shuttle Information310-434-4608
  • SMC Extension310-434-3400
  • Social Sciences Department310-434-4244
  • Speech (now Communication Studies) Program310-434-4246
  • Student Complaints310-434-3986
  • Student Judicial Affairs310-434-4220
  • Study Abroad Programs310-434-4342
  • Success & Engagement Center310-434-8040
  • Superintendent’s Office310-434-4200
  • Swim Center (Pool) Information310-458-8700
  • Telecommunications Services310-434-3010
  • Theatre Arts Department310-434-4319
  • Theater Information310-434-4319
  • Title IX Coordinator310-434-4225
  • Transcripts310-434-4392
  • Transfer Counseling310-434-4210
  • Tutoring –
  • English, Humanities310-434-4682
  • ESL310-434-4260
  • Math310-434-4735
  • Modern Language310-434-4683
  • Science310-434-4630
  • Veterans and Military Families Success Center (VMFSC)310-434-8205
  • Welcome Center310-434-8101
  • Workforce Development310-434-4040

Special Programs and Support Services

Please Note: Detailed descriptions of the special programs and student support services offered at SMC can be found online. See the individual webpages, or go to for more information.

Adelante Program
Student Services Center S201 — 310-434-4459

The Adelante Program, operated by the Latino Center, is a success-oriented program that focuses on academic achievement, transfer, cultural awareness, and personal growth, and includes courses that highlight the Latino culture and experience.

Black Collegians Program
Student Services Center S201 — 310-434-4232

Headquartered in the African American Collegian Center, the Black Collegians Program offers a variety of mentoring and support services that promote academic excellence and guide students through the transfer process.

Student Services Center S238 — 310-434-4082

The California Work Opportunities and Responsibilities to Kids (CalWORKs) program at Santa Monica College works in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Department of Social Services (DPSS) and Greater Avenues to Independence (GAIN) to assist students who receive Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) with a variety of services aimed at helping individuals move toward self-sufficiency.

Career Technical Education (CTE)

Career Technical Education (CTE) programs at Santa Monica College offer industry-linked programs and courses that prepare students for entry-level and middle-skill employment opportunities, typically within one to four semesters. The courses are led by educators with extensive expertise in their field, with many CTE instructors and trainers also holding active positions outside of SMC. Students who successfully complete a CTE program leave SMC with a wide range of knowledge — theoretical, hands-on, applied, and experiential — and a strong relationship with employers.

Center for Environmental and Urban Studies (CEUS)
1744 Pearl St., Santa Monica — 310-434-3909

The Center for Environmental and Urban Studies (CEUS) provides a space to explore key environmental and urban issues and solutions. A living laboratory for sustainability, the CEUS features many innovative green building materials and practices, and provides ecotours, a library, a seed library, and other useful sustainability resources. The CEUS is also headquarters for Sustainable Works (, a nonprofit offering special programs that show individuals and businesses how they can adopt sustainable practices that improve quality of life, reduce impacts on the environment, and decrease costs.

Center for Students with Disabilities (DSPS)
Student Services Center S155 — 310-434-4265

Fax 310-434-4272

High Tech Training Center
Student Services Center S159 — 310-434-4267

Learning Disabilities Program
Student Services Center S370 — 310-434-4684
Acquired Brain Injury/Pathfinders — 310-434-4442

SMC’s Center for Students with Disabilities offers a number of specialized programs to help students with their academic, vocational, and career planning goals. The Center has academic counselors available to answer questions, help solve problems, and authorize academic adjustments and other accommodation services to mitigate disability-related educational limitations. Students have access to programs such as the Learning Disabilities Program; the High Tech Training Center, designed to train students in the use of adapted computer technology; the Acquired Brain Injury Program, which promotes re-entry into academic and vocational programs; and Pathfinders, a program of post-stroke exercise and communication classes offered through SMC’s Emeritus Program serving the older adult community.

Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)
Student Services Center S238 — 310-434-4268

The Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) is a state-funded program that offers special support services to help low-income students start and move forward successfully toward their education goals. The program shares the office with EOPS and the Guardian Scholars Program (GSP).

Corsair Intercollegiate Athletics
Corsair Gym, 2nd Floor — 310-434-4311

Santa Monica College has a proud tradition of championship teams, with an accumulated 83 Conference and 13 State championship titles. The College offers students opportunities to compete at a high level in a chosen sport. Committed to assisting student athletes to excel both in the classroom and on the field of play, SMC offers a variety of support programs, including special counseling for students interested in careers in athletics. SMC is a member of the California Community College Commission on Athletics, and sponsors 8 men’s and 10 women’s athletic teams. Men’s teams include: Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Volleyball, and Water Polo. Women’s teams include: Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, and Water Polo.

Distance Education/Online Classes
Student Services Center S355 — 310-434-3760

SMC’s Office of Distance Education offers classes for transfer, certificates, and skill building to students at locations away from the SMC campus through a virtual campus at, where students can also access Canvas user guides, explore technical requirements, and take a self-paced tour of the Canvas platform.

DREAM Program
Student Services Center S238 — 310-434-4892

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

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Credit Program:
Corner of 16th St. and Pearl St., Santa Monica — 310-434-4260
Fax — 310-434-2387

Santa Monica College offers four programs for English-language learners: (1) a credit program offering classes in the ESL Department to prepare students for the reading, writing, listening, speaking, and study skills needed for college success and career enhancement (see for details); (2) a fee-based intensive English program designed for students who do not meet the TOEFL requirement to enroll in regular college classes (see for details); (3) a noncredit (adult education) program offering free ESL classes for adults in the community (call 310-434-3403 or 310-434-4115); and (4) a fee-based ESL program offering workshops, courses, occupational training, and English for special-purpose courses at business and industry sites (see for information).

Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS)
Student Services Center S238 — 310-434-4268

The Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) program is a state-funded program that offers special support services to help low-income students start and move forward successfully toward their education goals. The EOPS office is also home to the Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) and the Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program.

Guardian Scholars Program
Student Services Center S238 — 310-434-4491

The Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) aims to expand community support and college and career pathways for current and former foster youth enrolled at SMC. The program, offered through the EOPS/CARE office, is part of a collaborative initiative that partners SMC with UCLA and Loyola Marymount University, in conjunction with the California College Pathways Initiative.

High School Programs

Concurrent Enrollment: — 310-434-3522

Dual Enrollment:
High School Counseling Departmen

Santa Monica College offers two programs that permit high school students to take SMC classes and receive college credit. The Concurrent Enrollment Program allows qualifying high school students to apply to SMC and enroll in classes offered at an SMC campus and online. Students planning to participate in this program should send an email requesting information.. The Dual Enrollment Program offers a selection of college classes that students can attend at their participating local high school. To participate in the Dual Enrollment Program, students should discuss their plans with their high school counselor.

International Education Center
Student Services Center S332 — 310-434-4217


The International Education Center provides international students with services that include academic counseling and orientation, assistance with non-immigration F-1 student visa issues, and preparation for transfer from Santa Monica College to a four-year college or university. The International Education Center is also home to SMC’s faculty-led Study Abroad programs.

Internship Program
Student Services Center S221 — 310-434-4337

SMC’s Internship Program, operated by the Career Services Center, helps students find opportunities for internships and cooperative work experience in jobs related to their field of study.

Latino Center
Student Services Center S201 — 310-434-4459

The Latino Center offers SMC’s Latino students a support network of comprehensive bilingual services in English and Spanish. The Center operates the Adelante Program.

Mentor Program in the Arts

SMC’s Mentor Program in the Arts provides exceptionally talented students in the performing and applied arts an opportunity to further develop and refine their abilities with one-on-one support and training by professionals in their special fields. Mentor programs are offered in art and music, and designed for individuals whose talents exceed the scope of the traditional curriculum at the College. Selection for a mentor program usually requires an audition or a review of a portfolio. The program of study is tailored to the goals of the individual student and will often culminate in an event such as an art exhibition or a public performance. For details, contact the SMC Art Department or SMC Music Department.

Pico Partnership Program
Student Services Center S238 — 310-434-4926

The Pico Partnership Program is a collaboration between Santa Monica College and the City of Santa Monica. The program meets the needs of the underserved, under-represented youth who live in close proximity to the College. Pico Partnership motivates and assists young adults to attend SMC and work toward their career and education goals. Each student in the program works one-on-one with a counselor. Applications for the program are available in the Pico Partnership office.

Santa Monica College Promise Program
Student Services Center S110 — 310-434-8101

The Santa Monica College Promise program offers free enrollment to students who graduate from high school in 2020 and enroll at SMC in fall 2020 or spring 2021 as first-year, full-time students (12 or more units). SMC Promise also covers fees for Health Services, SMC student I.D. card, and Associated Students Activities, including free “Any Line, Any Time” rides on the Big Blue Bus, access to the A.S. computer lab in Cayton Center, student discounts at selected events and vendors, and more.

Scholars Program
24-hour recorded information — 310-434-4059
Student Services Center S287 — 310-434-4371

The Scholars Program is an enriched, highly demanding honors program that prepares students with outstanding scholastic achievements for transfer. Students entering SMC with a B (3.0) or higher GPA may be eligible for the Scholars Program, which offers priority registration and other benefits at SMC. Students who successfully complete the program are guaranteed priority consideration for admission as a junior to UCLA, UC Irvine, Loyola Marymount University, and a number of other four-year colleges and universities.

SMC Outreach and Recruitment
Student Services Center S110 — 310-434-4189
Fax — 310-434-3634

SMC Outreach and Recruitment partners SMC counselors with local area high schools, community agencies, and out-of-state students. The program works to motivate high school students to develop goals for the future and explore the idea of going to college, and promotes Santa Monica College as a first-choice higher education option. Outreach counselors help smooth the transition for students from high school to college by familiarizing them with SMC’s academic and support programs, as well as admissions and enrollment procedures. The Outreach office also offers SMC campus tours, information sessions, and individual counseling appointments during the week, as well as group assessment testing.

STEM Program
Drescher Hall 301 — 310-434-3988

SMC’s STEM program fosters the student skills necessary to excel in science, technology, engineering, and math courses. STEM is an academic support program designed to help traditionally under-represented students who are interested in STEM careers successfully complete their studies at SMC, transfer to a four-year research-oriented baccalaureate program, and enter the STEM workforce. STEM students are also encouraged to apply to the Science and Research Initiative Program (SRI), a cohort-based experience that includes STEM Skills Week and other Summer Bridge Programming.

Student Employment Program
Student Services Center S133 — 310-434-4343

SMC’s Student Employment Program offers students access to on-campus jobs available in many departments and programs on SMC’s main and satellite campuses, funded through the Federal Work-Study (FWS) and Student Help (SH) programs.

Study Abroad Programs
Student Services Center S332 — 310-434-4342

SMC’s exciting, faculty-led Study Abroad programs are designed to immerse students in an engaging academic program abroad while they earn SMC credit, further their own intercultural awareness, and foster a more global perspective.

Supplemental Instruction Program
Drescher Hall 302 — 310-434-4121

Special academic assistance is offered in fall and spring semesters to SMC students enrolled in specific courses. The free out-of-class sessions include activities that help students learn course concepts, prepare for exams, and develop effective study skills. Please Note: SI sessions are NOT tutoring sessions like the ones offered at various on-campus tutoring labs, and SI leaders do NOT tutor or assist students with homework problems.

Teacher Academy at SMC
Bundy Campus, 3rd Floor — 310-434-8109

A program of the SMC Education/Early Childhood Department, the Teacher Academy at SMC works to foster a growing pool of future educators by offering courses, hands-on fieldwork experiences, mentorships, and a wide variety of support services and grants to help students succeed as quality professionals in education. The program offers options designed to prepare students to work with linguistically and culturally diverse groups of children and families in schools, centers, and homes. Courses are offered during the day, in the evening, on weekends, and online.

Undocumented Ally Program
Student Services Center S238 — 310-434-4491

SMC’s Undocumented Ally Program (better known as UndocuAlly) is a network of Santa Monica College faculty, staff, managers, and students committed to providing support, education and understanding to our SMC undocumented students. Program participants attend a three-hour training session that includes an overview of the history and policies affecting undocumented students, information about special campus resources, and what it means to be an ally to undocumented students.

Veterans and Military Families Success Center (VMFSC)
Cayton Center Invictus
Lower Level — 310-434-8205

SMC’s Veterans and Military Families Success Center (VMFSC) provides a variety of support services to veterans to assist them in matters pertaining to their transition from the military to college. The Center — which offers a place where students who are veterans of military service can feel comfortable, decompress, and take a break from the campus hubbub — assists in processing VA paperwork for veterans’ dependents receiving benefits under Chapters 33 and 35 of the GI Bill. While the Center does NOT provide answers to veterans’ problems that are not related to the College’s programs, efforts will be made whenever possible to direct students to resources where answers may be found.

Support Services

Athletics Counseling
Corsair Gym, 2nd Floor,
Room 215 — 310-434-4311

Santa Monica College provides an excellent environment for you to begin your journey into higher education and compete at a high level in a chosen sport. SMC offers a variety of support programs for athletic pursuits, including special counseling for athletes interested in pursuing careers in athletics. The SMC coaching staff, academic counselors, and administration are committed to assisting student athletes to excel both in the classroom and on the field of play.

Campus Police and Student/Staff Escort Service
1718 Pearl St. — 310-434-4608
Emergency and Weekends — 310-434-4300

SMC maintains a Campus Police Department with personnel available 24 hours a day to help keep SMC’s campuses safe and secure. To report an emergency or criminal activities on or near the campus, dial 4300 or 911 on the emergency telephones located throughout the campus and parking structures, or call 310-434-4300 from a cellphone or off-campus telephone. The SMC Safety App (download to your phone from the Apple App Store or Google Play) allows you to receive emergency notifications, communicate via text to report a variety of incidents, utilize the SafeWalk feature to have a friend watch you walk to your destination, or log on to find the many resources that SMC has to offer.

Campus Store
Main SMC Campus — 310-434-4258
Airport Arts 123A — 310-434-4637
Bundy (next to main entrance) — 310-434-3480
Center for Media and Design (CMD) — 310-434-3750
Performing Arts Center 105 — 310-434-3482

The SMC Campus Store (formerly the SMC Bookstore) sells new and used textbooks, school and office supplies, campus sweat- and T-shirts, and art materials. The Campus Store also stocks class schedules and the annual SMC catalog. Students may also browse through the bookstore’s online catalog or search for a specific title, and make purchases for either in-store pickup or shipment directly to their home. Note: Students with disabilities may find some areas of the Campus Store inaccessible — please request assistance.

Career Services Center
Internship Program:
Student Services Center S221 — 310-434-4337

The Career Services Center provides SMC students with a single, conveniently located source for career exploration, workshops on resume writing and interview techniques, internships, assistance in finding on- and off-campus jobs, and (by appointment) individual career counseling. The Career Services Center also operates SMC’s Internship Program.

Center for Wellness & Wellbeing
Math Complex 75 — 310-434-4503, 800-691-6003

SMC’s Center for Wellness & Wellbeing offers short-term personal counseling to currently enrolled students who have paid the Health Fee. Licensed psychologists and interns/trainees are available to help students resolve problems or find appropriate resources in the community. The Center also offers a variety of topic-oriented workshops (e.g., Test Anxiety, Stress Management).

Child Care Services
Bundy 317 — 310-434-8280

Santa Monica College offers several child care options — including FREE child care through the CCAMPIS program — for students while they attend SMC. If you are an SMC student with child care needs, please see the Child Care Services website. You may also call, email, or stop by the office of CCAMPIS Project Manager Gary Huff.

Computer Labs and Services

Santa Monica College has many computer-based services and on-campus computer labs for the benefit of its students. The following computer labs are open to all CURRENTLY ENROLLED students:

  • The SMC Library (310-434-4254) — provides computers and wired and wireless network connections in the (downstairs near the Reference Desk, 1st Floor North) to access a variety of information resources; and

  • The Bundy LRC — Bundy Campus, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., Rm. 116 (310-434-3440).

An additional computer lab is open to all currently enrolled students WITH A VALID ASSOCIATED STUDENTS ACTIVITIES STICKER:

  • The Cayton Associated Students Computer Lab — Cayton Center 209 (310-434-4615) — provides computers, printers, and a variety of software.

The following computer labs, primarily for students enrolled in specific classes, make their equipment and software available to all enrolled SMC students, but ONLY at times when the labs are not in use for instruction or tutoring purposes (check with the lab for available hours):

  • The Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) Lab — Business 231 (310-434-4783);

  • The Library Computer Lab — SMC Library, 2nd Floor North (310-434-4254).

SMC has more than 700 computers in specialized computer labs used to support students enrolled in specific programs or classes. These labs include:

  • The Art Lab — Art 119 — for selected Art and Design classes;

  • The Continuing Ed Lab — Bundy Campus, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., Rm. 127 (310-434-6661) — for SMC’s Continuing Ed and Adult Ed programs;

  • The CMD Computer Lab — Center for Media and Design 217 (310-434-3747) — for students in CMD classes;

  • The CSIS Computer Classrooms — Business 250 (NTT Lab), 253 (Keyboarding Lab), 255 (Accounting Lab), and 259 (Business Center Lab) — for CSIS classes;

  • The Digital Photography Lab — Business 131 — for selected digital photography classes;

  • The Earth Sciences Labs — Drescher Hall 128 and 134 — for Earth Science classes;

  • The Emeritus Lab — 1227 Second St., Room 208 (310-434-4306) — for SMC’s Emeritus program for seniors;

  • The High Tech Training Center — Student Services Center S159 (310-434-4267) — computer access for students with disabilities;

  • The Math Lab — Math Complex 84 — for Math tutoring (and Math Complex 82 for Basic Skills Math tutoring);

  • The Modern Language Lab — Drescher Hall 219 (310-434-4625) — for Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Spanish classes;

  • The Music Media Lab — Performing Arts Center 204 (310-434-4852) — computers with MIDI interfaces and sequencers for students in Music 2 through Music 8 classes;

  • The Reading Lab — Drescher Hall 312 — for selected Reading/Writing classes;

  • The Science Lab — Science 240 (310-434-3548); and

  • The Writing Lab — Drescher Hall 308 — primarily for English 81A classes.

To find up-to-date information about campus computer labs and their hours, see the Student Computer Labs webpage (

Corsair Newspaper
Center for Media and Design 130 — 310-434-4340

The Corsair, Santa Monica College’s award-winning student-run newspaper, has a print edition published every other Wednesday during the fall and spring semesters, as well as an online news site. The Corsair welcomes all students to help create the newspaper, which is a lifeline of news and entertainment for the entire SMC community. Experience on the Corsair can lead to internships with major media companies.

Counseling & Transfer Services
Student Services Center S256 — 310-434-4210

SMC’s General Counseling & Transfer Services assists and advises ALL students on developing their education plans, helps smooth the enrollment process for you, provides information on degrees and professional and career certificates, helps you select classes that meet requirements for a particular academic or career path, and facilitates your successful transfer to four-year institutions. Counseling services are also available online at for students enrolled in on-campus courses (students enrolled in online courses should consult the information available at

Education and Early Childhood Counseling
Bundy 317 — 310-434-8109

The Education and Early Childhood program provides academic and professional preparation, as well as transfer assistance, for students interested in teaching careers (infant through grade 12) or related work with children and families. Students receive individualized academic support, counseling, and professional growth advisement, including assistance with permit applications for students seeking employment in early childhood education.

Food Services

Santa Monica College’s food services are located on the ground floor of the Student Center. The food services area includes a food court that offers a selection of meals, snacks, and beverages at reasonable prices. Service is indoors, and seating is available inside and on outdoor patio areas. Vending machines can also be found at various locations on the campus.

Health Sciences Counseling
Respiratory Therapy:
Bundy Campus, 3rd Floor — 310-434-3450

The Health Sciences Counseling program provides SMC Nursing and Respiratory Therapy students with academic counseling, educational planning services, and other health science-specific educational and counseling services.

Health Services Center
Cayton Center 112 (next to Cafeteria) — 310-434-4262

SMC’s Health Services Center provides health services and first aid to currently enrolled Santa Monica College students. The Center’s focus is health promotion, illness prevention, treatment of acute illness, and health education to promote student success. Selected immunizations, screenings, and treatments are offered free or at cost. A nutritionist is also available by appointment or on a walk-in basis during the spring and fall semesters. All services are confidential.

Health Insurance

The Health Services fee paid at time of enrollment is NOT health insurance, and covers ONLY the services offered at the SMC Health Services Center. Any expenses a student incurs for medical services are the sole responsibility of the student. Information about optional health and dental insurance programs is available in the Health Services Center or on the Health Services webpage ( International students should consult the International Education Center for information on health insurance.

Information — 310-434-4334
Reference Service — 310-434-4254

The Santa Monica College Library has an extensive collection of traditional, online, and multimedia resources, as well as computers for student use and wireless access throughout the building. Library facilities are available to students enrolled in at least one SMC class, staff and faculty of the College, and residents of the Santa Monica Community College District. Your current student ID card is your library card. If you are not an SMC student, but want borrowing privileges, you may purchase a library card for $20/year at the Circulation Desk. High school students, SMC volunteers, and faculty members at a school or university in the Santa Monica area may apply for a free Courtesy Card.

Office of Student Life and the Associated Students (A.S.)
Student Life Office:
Cayton Center 202 — 310-434-4250
Fax — 310-434-4263

The Office of Student Life is the hub of student activities at SMC. The Associated Students (A.S.) Board of Directors, other A.S. officers, Inter-Club Council (ICC), Associate Dean of Student Life, and student activities staff can all be found there, along with information on A.S. and club activities, use of campus public areas, campus student publicity, and other details.

The Associated Students — the student-directed organization of the SMC student body and its elected or appointed student officers — promotes the intellectual, social, and cultural welfare of students through proper, effective government. A.S. Activities fees support a rich program of extracurricular activities — including more than 60 student clubs — to foster academic achievement, social interaction, and community involvement.

Pico Classroom Complex 151 — 310-434-3986

Students who have complaints, grievances, or personal concerns about Santa Monica College or any of its policies are encouraged to discuss them with the College Ombudsperson. The Ombudsperson provides support and encouragement to students, and attempts to present options and solutions. Complaints are handled confidentially on a case-by-case basis.

SMC John Drescher Planetarium
Drescher Hall 223 (near elevator) — 310-434-3005

Santa Monica College presents two highly popular astronomy shows on Friday evenings during the academic year in SMC’s John Drescher Planetarium. The Night Sky Show at 7 p.m. presents the wonders of the ever-changing night sky in an interactive 50-minute show updated weekly with the latest news in space exploration and astronomy. The Feature Show at 8 p.m. is generally a multimedia presentation that concentrates on a specific topic, but at various times of the year, telescope viewing opportunities are provided. SPECIAL NOTE: Tickets may be purchased at the door on the night of the show.

SMC Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery
Information — 310-434-8204
1310 11th St., 1st Floor — 310-434-3434

The SMC Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery features exhibits of the best in contemporary art by local, national, and international artists, and hosts SMC’s annual student and faculty art shows, gallery talks, and SMCs popular Holiday Art Sale. Each exhibit is free and open to the public and has a free opening reception, and many exhibits include free informative art talks. For details, please call the Gallery, visit our webpage, or browse the SMC Events webpage ( and click on the “Art Gallery” link.

SMC Photography Gallery
Drescher Hall, 2nd Floor — 310-434-4289

The SMC Photography Gallery is nationally recognized as a significant venue for photographic art. Each exhibit has a free opening reception. For information, please call the Gallery or browse the SMC Events webpage and click on the “Photo Gallery” link.

Tutoring Services

SMC provides free tutoring services in selected subjects for all students through a number of on-campus tutoring centers. Specialized tutoring may also be arranged through the Center for Students with Disabilities (310-434-4265), EOPS/CARE (310-434-4268), the Scholars Program (310-434-4371), and the International Education Center (310-434-4217). For hours and general information, visit the Tutoring Services webpage and click on the link for the center you want.

Business and Computer Science Centers
Business 150 and Business 231 — 310-434-4322

Tutoring in accounting, business, and computer science. Make an appointment online through Corsair Connect, or walk into the centers for drop-in scheduling and tutoring.

ESL Tutoring Center
ESL 120 (at Pearl and 16th) — 310-434-4260

Tutoring assistance to English-language learners at SMC, with half-hour sessions of one-on-one tutoring by instructional assistants with expertise in TESL. All of the tutoring sessions are by appointment only through Corsair Connect.

Math Labs
Math Complex 84, Math Complex 72, Bundy 116 — 310-434-8586

Tutoring services to support math students in every way possible. You may request help from the lab’s instructional assistants on a drop-in basis. If you need more extensive tutoring, please schedule an appointment IN PERSON at the Math Lab.

Modern Languages Tutoring Center
Drescher Hall 219 — 310-434-4683

Tutoring for students in any language classes at SMC who need assistance may walk in for tutoring on a drop-in basis, or make an appointment online through Corsair Connect.

Science Tutoring Center
Science 245 — 310-434-4630

Tutoring for students enrolled in science classes at SMC is available on a drop-in basis, or by making an appointment through Corsair Connect.

Writing and Humanities Tutoring Center
Drescher Hall 313 — 310-434-4682

Writing assistance for any courses and subject tutoring in selected liberal arts courses (English, Logic, Economics, History) available on a drop-in basis, or make an appointment online through Corsair Connect.

Welcome Center
Student Services Center S110 — 310-434-8101

The Welcome Center is a convenient “one-stop shop” where new students can find the information, services, and support to make a smooth transition to SMC. During enrollment periods, the Welcome Center has academic counselors and trained student ambassadors on hand to answer questions and assist with admission and enrollment processes. The Welcome Center also offers the SMC Promise program.

Financial Assistance

Financial Aid Office
Student Services Center S133 — 310-434-4343

The Financial Aid Office at Santa Monica College strongly encourages students to apply for financial aid by going to and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who have been ineligible to receive financial aid in the past should re-apply each year and are encouraged to come in and ask about other resources that may be available to them.

The Financial Aid Office provides a number of important student services, including:

  • Providing information regarding the types of financial aid available;

  • Helping collect and complete all necessary financial aid forms and documents; and

  • Providing guidance on student loans and debt management.

The Financial Aid Office annually provides more than $45 million in federal, state, and other assistance to SMC students. The major aid programs at SMC are:

  • Pell Grants — Federally funded grants of up to $6,095 per year to eligible undergraduate students;

  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) — A Federal grant given to the College for disbursement to eligible students (average Santa Monica College student award is up to $100 per semester until these funds are completely expended);

  • Cal Grant B — State-funded award for eligible students from disadvantaged backgrounds or low-income families who have exceptionally high financial need, to provide them assistance with enrollment fees, living expenses, books, supplies, and transportation (the average Santa Monica College student award is $1,656 per year; both FAFSA applicants and California Dream applicants may qualify);

  • Cal Grant C — State-funded award for eligible students from low- and middle-income backgrounds enrolled in vocational training programs, to provide them assistance with training costs such as tools, books, and equipment (average Santa Monica College student award is $547 per year; both FAFSA applicants and California Dream applicants may qualify);

  • Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG) — State-funded grant awarded to full-time students and full-time Cal Grant B or C recipients, to provide an additional $1,298 to students enrolled in 12-14 units per semester, or up to $4,000 to students enrolled in 15 or more units per semester;

  • California College Promise Grant — State-funded grant that covers certain enrollment fees for eligible students;

  • Santa Monica College Promise — Free enrollment and fee waivers for high school students who graduate in 2020 and go directly to SMC as full-time students (see for details);

  • Federal Work-Study (FWS) funds — Federally funded program that provides wages to eligible students for both on-campus and off-campus employment;

  • Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized) — Federally administered, low-interest loans to eligible students; and

  • Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS Loans) — Federally administered, low-interest loans to parents of students who are considered dependent according to federal regulations.

Students can apply for federal financial aid and the California College Promise Grant directly through the SMC Financial Aid website (, where they will find useful links to federal and state agencies. Students may also drop by the Financial Aid Office for answers to specific questions.

To be eligible to receive most forms of financial aid, a student must show documented “financial need” as determined by the FAFSA. However, there are a number of other specific federal requirements that must also be met. To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must:

  • Be a US citizen, a permanent resident, or an eligible non-citizen (if you do not understand these terms, ask the Financial Aid Office to explain them to you);

  • Have a valid Social Security Number;

  • Have a high school diploma or GED;

  • Be enrolled in an eligible program at SMC;

  • Make satisfactory academic progress in your coursework;

  • Have complied with US Selective Service requirements (male students only);

  • Have not been convicted of the possession and/or sale of illegal drugs; and

  • Not be in default on a student loan or owe a refund on any state or federal grant you may have received in the past.

Please note: AB540 students can also apply for Cal Grants and California College Promise Grants by completing a California Dream Act application. To receive a Cal Grant, AB540 students need to be enrolled in an eligible program, have a high school diploma/GED, and meet satisfactory academic progress. In addition, male AB540 students are required to comply with US Selective Service requirements.

The Financial Aid Office is open Monday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. – 12 noon. Hours are subject to change without notice.

Scholarship Office
Student Services Center S133 — 310-434-4290

SMC’s Scholarship Office handles a variety of awards from sources such as foundations, private endowments, and private individuals. Scholarships are available to incoming high school students (ask your high school counselors about these scholarships), students continuing at SMC, and students transferring from SMC to a four-year college or university. Awards are offered for a wide range of achievements and student activities, and many do not include financial need in their requirements.

The Scholarship Office:

  • Provides a single-application procedure for consideration for more than 500 scholarships available through the program;

  • Distributes more than $450,000 in scholarship funds from the Santa Monica College Foundation (an endowment fund that provides proceeds for about 500 different scholarships), service clubs and local organizations, private individuals, and other organizations, foundations, and corporations;

  • Provides informational workshops and application forms for a variety of non-campus-based scholarship sources; and

  • Provides support services to get and fill out applications and to collect any required documents.

Scholarships vary from $250 to $2,000 per year, and are awarded as a check issued directly to the student.

Academic Policies


SMC has a planned education process called “matriculation,” which helps you match your interests, abilities, needs, and goals with the College’s courses, programs, and services. The matriculation process includes orientation, placement, and educational planning/counseling to design a program of courses that meets your education goals.

To find out how the matriculation process can benefit you, please see the annual SMC catalog (available online at or — better yet! — stop by and talk to one of SMC’s academic counselors in the Welcome Center or the Counseling Department.

Program Changes

Enrollment in classes is done online through Corsair Connect at Beginning the day of the second class meeting, you will need an Instructor Authorization Code to add courses, even if space is available.

Attendance and Withdrawals from Classes

A student enrolled in any class at smc must attend — or (if an online class) actively participate in — all sessions of the class that meet during the first week of the class or risk being dropped from the class by the instructor.

You may withdraw from classes online through Corsair Connect at It is the YOUR responsibility to withdraw from a class by the course-specific deadline — informing the instructor is NOT sufficient notice. Failure to withdraw (officially drop) from a class could result in a grade of F (0.0), and owed fees.

The Admissions Office is not responsible for incomplete online transactions. Please confirm your transactions (including withdrawals), then print and review your revised schedule. You must have this proof to contest any discrepancies.

  • Specific deadlines to request a refund, avoid a W, or receive a guaranteed W are listed in your Corsair Connect account.

  • Late withdrawals with extenuating circumstance: After the guaranteed “W” deadline has passed, you may withdraw from a class using the Late Withdrawal Petition Process ONLY if there are extenuating circumstances (such as verified cases of an accident, illness, or other circumstances beyond your control) which make the withdrawal necessary. It may take several weeks to review your request, and there is no guarantee it will be approved. If your request is approved, you will receive a W, and units earned in the class will be included in “enrolled units” on your SMC transcript. Please Note: If you have not withdrawn by this deadline, you will receive a grade of A (4.0), B (3.0), C (2.0), D (1.0), F (0.0), P (Pass), or NP (No Pass) from the instructor. If you do not qualify for late withdrawal or you cease to attend the class, you may receive a grade of F (0.0).

  • If you have completed a course — including taking the final exam or submitting final projects — you are not eligible for a late withdrawal. If you are contesting a grade for a completed course, you should meet with the instructor.

A complete explanation of how withdrawal deadlines are determined is available online (see and in the annual SMC catalog (online at

Please Note: Short-term and open-ended courses have their own deadlines (go to for details).

Policy on Fees ATTENTION: Payment Policy

  • ALL fees for summer session courses you enroll in must be paid no later than the fee payment deadline of 7 p.m. on May 27, 2020, at 7 p.m. Failure to pay or arrange to postpone fees by this date will result in your classes being dropped. Please note: Domestic nonresident students and F1 students are not eligible to postpone their fees.

  • Fee postponement is available to eligible California residents and AB540 students only, not F1/F2 or other nonresident students. If you postponed your fees, a hold will be placed on your records and will remain until the fees are paid. A hold on your records prevents you from enrolling in courses at SMC and restricts access to Admissions Office services such as providing enrollment verifications, issuing diplomas, etc.

  • If you do not drop a course by the refund deadline, you will be responsible for paying the fees — even if you did not go to class.

  • See for the latest details.

Enrollment Fee

This is a state-mandated student enrollment fee of $46 per unit, and is subject to change without notice.

SMC Student I.D. Card, Associated Students Activities, and Student Representation Fee

This is an optional fee of $34.50 that includes the fee of $13, which funds the cost of the SMC Student I.D. card with picture; the Associated Student Activities fee of $19.50, which funds services (such as “Any Line, Any Time” rides on the Big Blue Bus) and activities for the entire Santa Monica College student body; and the Student Representation fee of $2, which helps fund student activities and representatives who may present ideas to local and state government bodies.

The SMC Student I.D. card fee, Associated Students Activities fee, and Student Representation fee are optional. Contact the Admissions Office or Cashier’s Office at time of enrollment if you do not wish to pay these fees.

Health Services Fee

This is a mandatory fee of $18 that provides a variety of health services. You are exempt from paying the Health Services fee if you:

  • Enroll exclusively in noncredit or not-for-credit courses, or enroll in online classes only, or

  • Declare in a personally-signed statement that you depend exclusively on prayer for healing in accordance with the teachings of a bona fide religious sect (documentation of such an affiliation is required).

Nonresident Tuition Fee

The mandatory tuition fee for students classified as nonresidents (including students who are citizens of a foreign country and hold only temporary resident status in the United States) is $324 per semester unit (plus $46 enrollment fee, for a total of $370 per semester unit), or $300 per semester unit (plus $46 enrollment fee, for a total of $346 per semester unit) for students who qualify for an Assembly Bill 947 exemption. See the residency requirements at and click on the “Residency” link, or contact the residence clerk in the Admissions Office for AB 947 exemption details. Please see the Fees webpage at for details. Please note: All nonresident tuition fees are subject to change without notice.

Upper-Division Coursework Fee

The mandatory upper-division coursework fee for students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Interaction Design is $84 per graded unit. This fee is IN ADDITION TO the $46 per unit enrollment fee, for a total of $130 per graded unit for students classified as residents. Students classified as nonresidents must pay the mandatory upper-division coursework fee of $84 per graded unit IN ADDITION TO the $46 enrollment fee AND the $324 tuition fee, for a total of $454 per graded unit. Students who qualify for an Assembly Bill 947 exemption must pay the mandatory upper-division coursework fee of $84 per graded unit IN ADDITION TO the $46 enrollment fee AND the $300 tuition fee, for a total of $430 per graded unit.

Materials and Supplies Fees

Some classes require additional fees for materials and supplies. Consult the class listings in the Schedule of Classes to determine whether any such fees are required. Fees for materials and supplies are not refundable.

On-Campus Virtual Parking Permit Fee

This fee is required ONLY if you wish to use the on-campus parking facilities at SMC’s main campus, SMC Performing Arts Center, or the Center for Media and Design. Parking is FREE at other SMC satellite campuses, BUT requires a virtual parking permit; see for details). Regular virtual parking permits — which can be purchased online through Corsair Connect at — are $93.50 for the fall or spring semester and $49.50 for the winter or summer session. Funds from this fee are used to maintain and improve SMC’s parking facilities.

Students who qualify for a California College Promise Grant (CCPG) because they or their family currently receive benefits under Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF/CalWORKs), or SSI/SSP (Supplemental Security Income), or General Assistance/General Relief are eligible to purchase an on-campus virtual parking permit at a reduced rate.

Returned Payments and Outstanding Balances

Returned checks and rejected credit card payments are subject to a fee of up to $25 and are taken care of at the Auxiliary Services Office, located at 1738 Pearl St. An administrative hold will be placed on your records until the matter is resolved. If you leave SMC owing a balance and do not pay it, you will be responsible for all collection costs and/or attorney’s fees. This debt may also be reported to all three major credit bureaus.

Withdrawal Refund Schedule

If you are eligible for a refund, it will be processed and mailed to you within approximately 45 days of the start of the term.

Enrollment Fee

No refunds of enrollment fees are available to you if you withdraw from summer session classes after the published refund deadline for enrolled classes. Refund deadlines for enrolled classes can be found in your Corsair Connect account next to your enrolled classes. If you withdraw prior to the deadline date, you will receive a 100% refund of enrollment fees (minus a processing charge of $10). See for more information on withdrawal refund deadlines.

Nonresident Tuition

If you withdraw from summer session classes at Santa Monica College before the published refund deadlines for the classes in which you are enrolled, you will receive a 100% tuition refund, minus any relevant processing fees.

Student Services, Activities, and Health Fee

If you withdraw from summer session classes at Santa Monica College before your semester’s published refund deadline, you will receive a 100% refund for the Health fee, the SMC Student I.D. fee, and the A.S. fee.

On-Campus Virtual Parking Permit Fee

The virtual parking permit fee is not refundable after 10% of the term. To obtain a refund, present your virtual parking permit receipt at the Cashier’s Office.

Unit Load Limit

Students who are in good standing may take up to sixteen (16) units during the fall or spring semester, and eight (8) units during the summer or winter session. Please consult a counselor for details.

Probationary and Disqualified Student Policies

Santa Monica College students are expected to take responsibility for meeting the SMC Student Success Standards of “Academic Achievement” (maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in all classes taken at Santa Monica College) and “Timely Progress” (not exceeding the allowed percentage of I, W, and NP notations). Failure to meet these standards can lead to:

  • Academic probation or progress probation, either one of which will limit how many units you may enroll in, which cannot exceed a maximum of 9 units in a spring or winter session, or 5 units in a winter or summer session;

  • Academic disqualification; or

  • Progress disqualification.

Both academic and progress disqualification will result in a limit of up to six (6) units maximum during the spring and winter sessions — and up to three (3) units maximum in the winter and summer sessions — if you are reinstated. If you have been disqualified from SMC more than once, you will be asked to take a break from attending SMC for up to a maximum of one year.

If there is ANY possibility that you may be placed on academic or progress probation or be disqualified, you should IMMEDIATELY make arrangements to discuss your situation with a counselor. For details, please visit the SMC Counseling website at and click on the “Disqualified and Probation Policies” link in the menu on the left-hand side of the page, or see a counselor. Additional information on academic and progress probation, academic and progress disqualification, and requirements for reinstatement is also available in the annual SMC catalog (available online at

Please Note: Students who are disqualified for academic and/or progress reasons due to spring 2020 grades will be dropped AUTOMATICALLY from all previously enrolled summer 2020 classes.

California College Promise Grant (CCPG) Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirement

The State of California requires California College Promise Grant recipients to meet certain minimum academic standards. Please note:

  • To remain CCPG-eligible, students must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and a course completion rate of at least 50%.

  • Students who fail to meet the GPA and/or completion rate standards will be placed on CCPG Probation.

  • Students on CCPG Probation have one major term (fall or spring semester) to raise their GPA and/or completion rate.

  • Students who fail to raise their GPA and/or completion rate up to the minimum standards may become ineligible for a CCPG for the next fall or spring semester unless they (a) have already enrolled in the next fall or spring semester; or (b) have not yet completed 12 units.

For more information about the new CCPG Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirement, including how to appeal the loss of CCPG eligibility, please go to the SMC Financial Aid webpage.

Prerequisites and Corequisites Challenges

Students who have not completed prerequisite or corequisite courses at Santa Monica College or other colleges may challenge the requirement under certain circumstances by submitting a Prerequisite Challenge Petition to the appropriate academic department. The student bears the initial burden of proof to show that grounds exist for the challenge. Please see the annual SMC catalog (available online at for a detailed description of the challenge process.

Pass/No Pass

Students who wish to take courses on a pass/no pass (P/NP) basis must apply for each course through Corsair Connect (go to “Enrollment” tab and select “P/NP Grading” option) before the class-specific deadline. The decision to take a course on a P/NP basis is irrevocable after the deadline has passed.

Auditing Classes

Santa Monica College does not permit auditing of classes. All students attending credit or noncredit classes at Santa Monica College must be officially enrolled through SMC’s Admissions Office. Older adults attending free, noncredit classes on topics of interest to seniors must be enrolled through SMC Emeritus. Students attending fee-based not-for-credit classes to explore personal interests or gain professional certification — or attending free English as a Second Language (ESL) and other noncredit adult education classes offered through SMC Community Education — must be enrolled through the SMCCE office.

Course Repeats

California Code of Regulations Title 5 limits the number of times a student may repeat a course in the California Community College system. These regulations also require all current and prior course enrollments, repetitions, and withdrawals in a student’s enrollment record to be counted toward the maximum limit.

If you would like — or need — to repeat a course in which you have previously earned an unsatisfactory grade or a W, you may re-enroll ONE TIME without the need to request permission from a counselor. After that, you MUST talk to one of SMC’s academic counselors. Check the Santa Monica College catalog (available online at for details.

Graduation Requirements

The Associate degrees (AA, AS, AA-T, AS-T) are granted upon completion of sixty (60) degree-applicable units (general education, area of study, and electives) with a cumulative grade point average of C (2.0) or higher. A minimum of twelve (12) units must be completed at Santa Monica College.

You must file a Petition for Graduation with the Admissions Office. Deadlines for filing:

  • Spring — Start of spring semester through April 20

  • Summer — Start of summer session through July 31

  • Fall — Start of fall semester through December 1

Check the Santa Monica College catalog (available online at for details, including requirements for graduating with honors.

College Policies

Open Enrollment

Unless specifically exempted by statute or regulation, every course, course selection, or class offered and maintained by the Santa Monica Community College District and reported for state aid shall be fully open to enrollment and participation by any person who has been admitted to Santa Monica College and who meets the prerequisites established according to regulations contained in Article 2.5, Subchapter 1, Chapter 6, Division 6 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.

Statement of Nondiscrimination

The Santa Monica Community College District is committed to building an inclusive and diverse environment and maintains a comprehensive program to ensure that practice reflects these principles. Diversity within the college environment provides opportunity to foster mutual awareness, knowledge, and sensitivity, to challenge ingrained stereotypes, and to promote mutual understanding and respect. The District’s equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination policies are set forth in Board Policies 2405, 2410, 3120-3123, 5220, 5230, and 5530. As set forth in these Board Policies, the District is committed to equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination in the learning and work environments in accordance with all applicable laws, including, without limitation, California Code of Regulations, Title 5, § 59300 et seq., California Government Code §§ 11135-11139.5, the Sex Equity in Education Act (California Education Code § 66250 et seq.), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000d), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. § 12100 et seq.), and the Age Discrimination Act (42 U.S.C. § 6101).

It is important for students, employees, and others associated with the College to report concerns about possible violations of the District’s policies regarding equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination. If you need information about the District’s policies or need to report a violation of the laws listed above, you should contact:

  • SMC Human Resources Office, 310-434-4415 or (located on the second floor of the SMC Administration Building, 2714 Pico Blvd), regarding any complaint of unlawful discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual discrimination; or

  • Steve Hunt, ADA/504 Compliance Officer, 310-434-4689 or (office located in Room 265 of the SMC Library), regarding disability discrimination complaints.

Declaración de no discriminación

El Distrito de Santa Monica Community College tiene el compromiso de crear un ambiente inclusivo y diverso y de mantener un programa comprensivo para asegurarse de que la practica refleja estos principios. La diversdad entre el ambiente colegial provée oportunidad para fomentar el conocimiento, la erudición, y la sensibilidad mutual, luchar contra los estereotipos arraigados, y promover la comprensión y respeto mutual. Las reglas del Distrito sobre igualdad de oportunidades del empleo y de nondiscriminación se disponen en las polisas 2405, 2410, 3120-3123, 5220, 5230 y 5530. El Distrito está comprometido a la igualdad de oportunidades y nondiscriminación en los ambientes de la educación y del trabajo en acuerdo con las leyes, incluyendo, sin la limitación, el Código de las Regulaciones de California Título 5, § 59300 y ss.; el Código de Gobierno de California §§ 11135-11139.5; la Ley sobre Equidad de Sexo en la Educación (Código de Educación de California § 66250 y ss.); el Título VI de la Ley de 1964 sobre Derechos Civiles (42 U.S.C. § 2000d); el Título IX de las Enmiendas de Educación de 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681), Artículo 504 de la Ley de 1973 sobre Rehabilitación (29 U.S.C. § 794); la Ley de 1990 sobre Americanos con Incapacidades (42 U.S.C. § 12100 y ss.); y la Ley sobre Discriminación por Edad (42 U.S.C. § 6101).

Es importante que los estudiantes, el personal y las demás personas relacionadas con el SMC reportan las inquietudes sobre posibles violaciones de las polisas relacionadas a la igualdad de oportunidades del empleo y de nondiscriminación. Si Ud. necesita información sobre las polisas del Distrito o tiene que reportar una violación de cualquier de estas leyes, debe ponerse en contacto con:

  • La oficina de SMC Human Resources 310-434-4415 o (ubicada en el segundo piso del Edificio Administrativo del SMC en 2714 Pico Blvd.) sobre cualquier reporte de discriminación, incluyendo el acoso sexual o discriminación sexual; o con

  • Steve Hunt, ADA/504 Oficial de Conformidad 310-434-4689 o (oficina ubicada en la Sala 265 de la biblioteca) sobre reportes de discriminación por discapacidad.

비차별 선언서

Santa Monica College 포괄적이며 다양한 환경 조성에 헌신하고 있으며 이런 원칙의 실현을 보장하기 위해 «’적인 프로그램을 유지하고 있습니다. 대학 환경 내에서의 다양성은 상호인식, 지식, 그리고 감성을 육성하기 위해 깊이 배어든 고정관념에 도전하고, 상호 이해와 존중을 증진하는 기회를 제공«’니다. 교육구의 평등 고용 기회 비차별 정책 조항들은 교육위원회 정책 2405, 2410, 3120-3123, 5220, 5230 5530조항에 명시되어 있습니다. 교육위원회 정책에 명시된 바와 같이, 교육구는 다음을 «‘하고, 이에 국한되지 않는 모든 준거법에 따라 배움과 근무하는 환경에서 평등한 고용 기회와 차별이 없도록 하는데에 헌신하고 있습니다. 캘리포니아주 법률집 표제5, 59300 이하 참조, 캘리포니아주 정부법 11135 - 11139.5,남녀평등 교육법(캘리포니아 교육법 66250 이하 참조), 1964 민권법 표제VI(42 U.S.C. § 2000d), 1972 교육개정법 표제IX(20 U.S.C. § 1681), 1973 재활법 504(29 U.S.C. § 794), 1990 미국 장애인 보호법(42 U.S.C. § 12100 이하 참조) 연령차별금지법(42 U.S.C. § 6101).

학생, 직원 대학과 관련있는 사람들이 평등한 고용 기회와 비차별에 대한 교육구의 정책위반의 가능성에 대한 우려를 신고하는 것은 중요«’니다. 교육구의 정책에 대한 정보를 원하거나 위에 나열된 법률 위반을 신고해야 하는 경우에는 아래 담당자들에∞연락해야 «’니다.

  • 성추행 및 성차별을 포¶\‘한 ∫“법 차별 행위에 대한 모든 항의/신고 - 샌디 정 SMC Human Resources Office, 310-434-4415 (SMC 행정관 2층에 위치, 2714 Pico Blvd), 또는

  • 장애 차별에 대한 모든 항의/∫“ 신고 스티브 헌트 (Steve Hunt), ADA/504 Compliance Officer, 310-434-4689 또는 (SMC 도서관 2 265호에 사무실 위치)

Student Privacy Rights NOTICE

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives students certain rights with respect to their education records. For a full explanation of FERPA and its implications for college students, please see the SMC catalog (available online at or contact the Admissions Office. What appears below is ONLY a brief summary.

A student’s FERPA rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access. California law requires that records be provided within 15 working days.

  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

  3. The right to provide written consent before the College discloses personally identifiable information from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent, such as for ‘directory’ information.

  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-5901

Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security

To comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Public Law 101-542), Santa Monica College makes available the completion and transfer rates of first-time, full-time students seeking certificates, degrees, or transfer, as well as statistical information about the types and number of crimes on campus. The College provides this data to inform all current and prospective students — as “consumers” of higher education — on how well Santa Monica College compares with other postsecondary institutions.

Completion and Transfer Rates

The completion and transfer rates presented here are derived from the most current data available at the time this Schedule of Classes went to press.

Completion rates are calculated by tracking a cohort (group) of first-time students seeking a certificate, degree, or transfer. For the cohort of first-time freshmen entering SMC in fall 2011, 30.71% earned a certificate or degree, transferred to a four-year institution, and/or became transfer-prepared (earned 60 or more transferable units with a GPA of 2.0 or higher) within three years of beginning coursework at SMC.

Transfer rates are calculated by tracking a cohort (group) of first-time students intending to transfer to a four-year institution. For the cohort of first-time freshmen entering SMC in fall 2011, 14.49% transferred to a four-year institution within three years of beginning coursework at SMC.

Crime Statistics for the College Community

Campus crime statistics are compiled and reported according to the guidelines specified in the Clery Act (20 USC 1092F), as defined under the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting procedures. SMC’s crime statistics are available online at the US Department of Education website ( and at the SMC Campus Police website ( Campus crime statistics — along with safety and crime prevention information — can also be found at many locations at SMC, and are available upon request. Contact the SMC Campus Police Office (434-4608) for details.

Academic Adjustments and Information Technology for Students with Disabilities

SMC complies with State and Federal law with regard to modifying academic policies and procedures and information technology as needed to ensure that they do not discriminate, or have the effect of discriminating on the basis of disability, against qualified applicants or students with disabilities. For details on adjustments and the procedure for requesting them, please visit the Center for Students with Disabilities, located in Student Services Center S155, or call 310-434-4265.

College Conduct

Santa Monica College has an Honor Code, Code of Academic Conduct, and Rules for Student Conduct, and may discipline students in accordance with code provisions.

Check the annual Santa Monica College catalog (available online at for additional information.

Student Conduct Code

Students enrolled in the College have an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the College’s function as an educational institution. A complete copy of the “Rules for Student Conduct” (SMC AR 4410) is available online (see

Student Complaints

Students with complaints, grievances, and personal concerns about Santa Monica College or any of its policies are encouraged to discuss them with the College Ombudsperson. The Ombudsperson provides support and encouragement to students, and attempts to present options and solutions. Complaints are handled confidentially on a case-by-case basis.

Students with complaints about a grade should discuss this with the Ombudsperson in time to meet the deadline to file a formal appeal. The deadlines are:

  • October 15 for spring semester grades,

  • November 15 for summer session grades,

  • April 15 for fall semester grades, and

  • May 15 for winter session grades.

For more information, contact the Ombudsperson, or visit the Ombudsperson’s webpage (

Selective Service Notice to Male Students

Federal law requires men age 18-25 to be registered with the Selective Service System (SSS) if they are US citizens or immigrant aliens (international students who hold valid student visas are exempt from this requirement). Men must be registered before they can receive federal or state financial aid (including loans and grants) for their education. Registration forms are available online at and at any post office.



The following is a summary of Santa Monica College’s residency rules and their exceptions. For more detailed information, please go to and click on the “Residency” link in the Popular Links section of the webpage, or contact the residence clerk in the Admissions and Records Office.

  • Each person applying for admission to, or enrolled in, a California Community College is classified for tuition purposes as either a “resident” or a “nonresident” of the State of California.

  • A “resident” is defined as a citizen of the United States or a person who holds a status that allows him or her to establish residency in the United States for a minimum of one year and one day, who has proof of physical presence in the State of California for one year and one day PRIOR TO the start of the semester for which California residency is being claimed, and who presents evidence of intention to make California his or her permanent home. Dates on any documentary evidence should correspond to dates of physical presence in California.

  • A “nonresident” is a person who does not meet the residency requirements of the State of California or who is a citizen of a foreign country and holds only temporary status in the U.S.

  • A student classified as a resident will be admitted to the College and exempt from paying nonresident tuition. Enrollment fees ($46 per unit; subject to change) still apply.

  • A student classified as a nonresident is required to pay a tuition fee of $324 or $300 (with AB 947 exemption) per semester unit in addition to enrollment fees of $46 per unit (subject to change).

  • A nonresident continuing student between the ages of 19 and 23 (inclusive) requesting reclassification to resident status must submit a petition for change of residency status (Reclassification Form, obtained from the residence clerk in the Admissions Office), show proof of financial independence, provide documents that show the student was not claimed as a dependent for income tax purposes by parents in the past year, and present evidence of intent to establish California as his or her place of residence. Please see the Residency website at for helpful tips on establishing California residency.

Residence of an Adult

A student who is 19 years of age or older and who has lived in California continuously for the last two years shall be presumed to have the intent to make California his or her home.

A student under 19 years of age shall be presumed to have the intent to make California his or her home if both the student and his or her parent(s) have lived in California continuously for the last two years.

A student who is 19 years of age or older applying for admission who has less than two years, but more than one year, of residence in California should be prepared to show proof of residence. Examples of evidence that aid the College admissions officer in identifying intent include, but are not limited to, the following documents:

  • California Form 540 and Federal Form 1040 tax returns evidencing California residency/address (with acceptable dates);

  • Paycheck stub OR letter of employment verification on company letterhead (signed by a manager of the personnel department);

  • California bank account (checking or savings account statements showing charges in the State of California throughout the period while applying for residency determination);

  • Marriage license or divorce decree issued in California (with acceptable dates);

  • License or certificate issued by the State (with acceptable issue and expiration dates);

  • California utility bill (one ONLY of the following: DWP, gas, telephone, cable, or other utility);

  • California State aid or social welfare;

  • Vehicle registration and/or vehicle insurance (California company);

  • California-based health insurance OR Medi-Cal ID (with relevant dates noted);

  • Military discharge papers (DD214) OR Leave and Earnings statement indicating California as State of Record;

  • California property taxes (in student’s name ONLY);

  • Union membership in a California local; and

  • California public library membership (verified by letter or printout with letterhead or branch stamp).

Documents are subject to verification, and the Admissions and Records Office reserves the right to ask for more documents when making a residency determination. Dates on documents must correspond with physical presence of one year and one day. Bring documentation to the Admissions Office. Restrictions apply. Please visit for further details.

Residence of a Minor

Unmarried minors (those younger than 18 years of age) are, by law, incapable of establishing their own residences, notwithstanding their physical presence within California. Admissions will use the following guidelines for determining a minor’s residence:

  • A minor’s residence is the residence of the parent or legal guardian with whom the minor is living;

  • If the minor is not living with a parent or legal guardian, then the residence of the parent or legal guardian with whom the minor last lived will be the residence of the minor.

When the residence of a minor student is derived from the parent or legal guardian, the durational requirement (one year in California) must be met by the parent or guardian, but is not required of the student.

A minor whose parents are not living and who does not have a legal guardian may establish his or her own residence.


Exceptions to the above guidelines will be made under certain circumstances as prescribed by California law and outlined in Administrative Regulation 4110 Residency Determination. See for details.

VACA Exception (VACA H.R. 3230)

According to the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act (VACA H.R. 3230), a “covered individual” is defined as:

  1. A veteran who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

  2. An individual who is entitled to rehabilitation under 38 U.S.C. 3102(a).

  3. A spouse or child entitled to transferred education benefits who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within 3 years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

  4. A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty) who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

  5. After expiration of the 3-year period following discharge or death as described in 38 U.S.C. 3679(c), a student who initially qualifies under the applicable requirements above will maintain “covered individual” status as long as he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the institution, even if the student enrolls in multiple programs, and shall continue to be exempt from paying nonresident tuition and other fees.

California Nonresident Tuition Exemption

Any student, other than one with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) nonimmigrant visa status (see exception below for students who have been granted T or U visa status), who meets all of the following requirements, shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition (this exemption is often referred to “AB 540” after the Assembly Bill which enacted the exemption)

  • A student is exempt from paying nonresident tuition if the student meets all of the following four requirements:

    1. The student must have:

      • attended a combination of California high school, adult school, and California Community College for the equivalent of three years or more, or

      • attained credits earned in California from a California high school equivalent to three or more years of full-time high school course work and attended a combination of elementary, middle and/or high schools in California for a total of three or more years, an

    2. The student must have:

      • graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent prior to the start of the term (for example, passing the GED or California High School Proficiency exam), or

      • completed an Associate degree from a California Community College, or

      • completed the minimum requirements at a California Community College for transfer to the California State University or the University of California, and

    3. The student must register as an entering student at, or current enrollment at, an accredited institution of higher education in California, and

    4. The student must file an affidavit with the college stating that if the student is a non-citizen without current or valid immigration status, the student has filed an application to legalize immigration status, or will file an application as soon as the student is eligible to do so.

  • Students who are nonimmigrants who are victims of trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes who have been granted T or U visa status, under Title 8 of the United States Code, sections 1101(a)(15)(T) or (U) are eligible for this exemption.

  • Students who are nonimmigrants, other than those with T or U visa status as noted above, [for example, those who hold F (student) visas, B (visitor) visas, etc.] are not eligible for this exemption.

  • A year’s equivalence at a California Community College is a minimum of 24 semester units of credit or 36 quarter units of credit. For noncredit courses, a year’s attendance is a minimum of 420 hours, 210 hours for a semester, and 140 hours a quarter.

  • The accumulation of credit and/or noncredit in any academic year shall be calculated in reference to a year’s equivalence. Partial completion in an academic year is allowed. (Example: 12 units of credit courses in an academic year is equal to a semester for purposes of determining eligibility.)

  • Attendance in credit courses at a California Community College toward the attendance requirements shall not exceed two years of full-time attendance.

  • The student must file an exemption request including a signed affidavit with the college that indicates the student has met all applicable conditions described above. Student information obtained in this process is strictly confidential unless disclosure is required under law.

  • Students eligible for this exemption who are transferring to another California public college or university must submit a new request (and documentation if required) to each college under consideration.

  • Nonresident students meeting the criteria will be exempted from the payment of nonresident tuition, but they will not be classified as California residents. They continue to be “nonresidents.”

  • The California Dream Act extends Cal Grant A and B Entitlement awards, Cal Grant C awards, the California Promise Grant, and institutional financial aid to students who meet these criteria as well as the applicable criteria for eligibility for specific types of financial aid.

  • AB540 does not provide federal student financial aid eligibility for undocumented students. These students remain ineligible for federal financial aid.

About This Issue

Prepared by SMC’s Office of Marketing:
Donald Girard, Senior Director, Government Relations and Institutional Communication
Ming-Yea Wei, Marketing Design Analyst
Jonathan Ng, Senior Graphic Designer
Charles Mark-Walker, Graphic Designer
Vivian Chu, Graphic Designer
Paul Trautwein, Web Coordinator

Editorial: Stephanie Rick and Grace Smith

Photography: Charles Mark-Walker and Amy Williams

Front cover: Photo by Jerome G. Favre, Instagram @phoolio

Santa Monica College Contributors: Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, Jason Beardsley, Brenda Benson, Rachel Demski, Sara Eazell, Kiersten Elliott, Fai Fong, Teresa Garcia, Dagmar Gorman, Jose Hernandez, Maral Hyeler, Regina Ip, Marilyn Landau, Jennifer Merlic, Dan Nannini, Stacy Neal, Arnulfo Reyes, Teresita Rodriguez, Esau Tovar, and Irena Zugic.