(but NOT Continuing Students) must file an application for admission in order to receive an enrollment date and time. Students who applied for a previous term but did not enroll will need to reapply.
You may enroll in online, and hybrid courses on or after your enrollment appointment date and time by web at smc.edu/cc.
If you enroll in any winter session course at SMC, you must attend and actively participate in all online classes during the first week of the course or risk being dropped by the instructor.
Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hours subject to change without notice. Please go to smc.edu/admissions for updates.
Monday – Sunday: 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Web (Corsair Connect): smc.edu/cc
You may enroll at Santa Monica College if you:
- Have graduated from high school, or
- Are 18 years of age or older, or
- Are 16 years of age or older and submit an official “Student Score Report” for passing the California High School Proficiency Examination, or
- Are a qualifying younger student who is at least 13 years of age, has completed 8th grade, and is participating in SMC’s Concurrent Enrollment program (see smc.edu/hsce for details), and
- You meet the residency requirements, and can profit from the program.
All official communication from Santa Monica College will be sent to students at their SMC student email address (last name_first firstname.lastname@example.org). You can check your student email account by logging into Corsair Connect and clicking on the SMC Mail icon. Be sure to check your SMC student email often!
Continuing students do NOT have to reapply for admission. If you have never attended Santa Monica College (new student), or have been away for two or more consecutive semesters (returning student), or applied to SMC but did not actually enroll in a class, you must first:
- File an application for admission online (go to smc.edu/apply and click on ‘Apply Now’ to get started);
- At least four weeks before the start of the session, arrange for transcripts of previous college work (or high school work, if no college work was completed) to be sent directly to the Admissions Office. Copies issued to a student (even if in a sealed envelope) will NOT be accepted.
You will be emailed an admission letter. Please review it for information on resident status for tuition/fee purposes, any outstanding admission issues, orientation, placement, education planning/counseling, and enrollment.
All regularly admitted first-time SMC students are required to complete the math and English placement process (or the ESL placement process), complete the online college orientation, and prepare an education plan (see smc.edu/myedplan for details). Once done, you will be able to enroll for classes through Corsair Connect on the date and time of your enrollment.
Santa Monica College defines an “international student” as a student attending the College while in F-1 or F-2 visa status. The international student application is available online (go to smc.edu/iapp). Please visit smc.edu/international for additional information about the application process and deadline dates, tuition and fees, and support services for F-1 and F-2 students. For the winter 2021 session, applications for out-of-country applicants must be submitted by October 15, 2020; and applications for in-country applicants who already have an F-1 or F-2 visa must be submitted by November 15, 2020.
- If you have F-1 status from another school, you may enroll at SMC on a limited basis. Please consult with the International Education Center.
- If you have another type of visa status (not F-1 or F-2), you may enroll through the Admissions Office. However, if you are currently on a B visa, you cannot enroll until you change status to a visa with education privileges. Please contact the International Education Center for details.
Santa Monica College is approved as an institution for higher learning for veterans and veterans’ dependents entitled to education assistance from the Veterans Administration (VA). SMC cooperates with the VA in helping veterans, and offers academic, career, and transfer counseling, as well as priority enrollment, tutoring, and other services to support veterans in achieving their education goals.
If you wish to attend SMC under one of the veterans’ assistance bills, please see the information and instructions at smc.edu/vet or consult a counselor in the Veterans Resource Center.
If you wish to use the special counseling services provided through the Center for Students with Disabilities, call 310-434-4265.
Printed SMC materials are available in alternate media upon request. To request publications in alternate formats for disability accommodation, send email to DSCcontact@smc.edu or call 310-434-4265.
If you were disqualified from a previous college, OR were disqualified from Santa Monica College AND have been away from SMC for two consecutive semesters (one year) or longer, you are required take certain steps to qualify for readmission. Go to smc.edu/apply and click on the “Petition for Reinstatement” link for details.
If you have been disqualified from SMC more than once, you will be required to take a break from attending SMC for up to a maximum of one year.
For further information, please see an SMC counselor.
Assembly Bill 705 requires Santa Monica College and other California community colleges to help students enroll in and complete transfer-level coursework in English and math within one year. You will be placed in English and math based on either your prior work or a guided self-placement, depending on when and where you completed your prior work, as shown below.
If you have completed the 12th grade or graduated high school in the U.S. in the last 10 years:
- You will be placed using multiple measures that include your high school GPA, courses, and grades reported on your CCCApply admission application.
- You may check your placement once you have activated your Corsair Connect. Just log in, click the “Placement” tab, and review your placement. If you do not see courses listed, your SMC admission application is missing some necessary information. Follow the instructions on the screen, enter the information requested. Once done, you will see your placement.
If you graduated high school in the U.S. more than 10 years ago or graduated high school in another country:
- You will be placed using “guided self-placement,” a set of online tools that help evaluate how prepared you are with the skills you are expected to have before starting a particular English or math class. To be guided to the best class for your needs, it is important that you read everything presented to you carefully, and that you answer honestly.
- To access the guided self-placement tools, activate your Corsair Connect. Then log in, click the “Placement” tab, and follow the instructions on the screen.
- Plan on completing your English and math placements together. You may take each guided self-placement only one time.
- Please note: The math self-placement presents six options based on your academic and career path (major) or the course you are interested in taking. If you are not sure which option to choose, check with a counselor. You may take any of the math guided self-placements only one time.
For English, depending on your placement, you will start in one of two ways: (a) directly in English 1, a transfer-level course; or (b) directly in English 1 paired with English 28, a supporting course. In some instances, you may also be encouraged to take another reading or grammar supporting course.
For math, depending on your placement, you will start in one of three ways: (a) directly in a transfer-level math course; (b) directly in a transfer level math course paired with one supporting course; or (c) one semester of a math course that provides an accelerated path to transfer level math, and then followed by one semester of transfer level math, either as a standalone course or paired with a supporting course.
Santa Monica College will continue to offer limited assessment services for ESL, the Chemistry 10 challenge exam, and math proficiency for graduation. You must have already applied for SMC admission, and must present a valid government-issued photo identification (e.g., driver license, passport, military ID). Test preparation materials are available online at smc.edu/successcenter.
The Success & Engagement Center (formerly the Assessment Center) is located in Student Services Center S145. The Center offers limited testing services on a walk-in, first-arrival basis. Please check our website (smc.edu/successcenter) or call 310-434-8040 for up-to-date information on office and testing hours.
Completing the placement process in English or ESL and in math is mandatory if you are:
- A first-time college student enrolling in more than six units during your first semester at SMC; or
- A continuing student who has not completed the placement process; or
- Enrolling in an English, ESL, or math course for the first time (even if not a first-time college student); or
- Enrolling in courses with required English or math preparation (prerequisites).
Based upon your placement results, you will receive an English, ESL, or math placement recommendation.
You may be exempt from the placement requirement if you meet certain qualifications. You may also be granted placement and prerequisite waivers — as well as credit — for selected English, ESL, math, and chemistry courses under specific circumstances. Please see our webpage (smc.edu/waivers) for an overview, then consult with a counselor in General Counseling & Transfer Services for details.
Please note: Although you may be exempt from the placement process, you still must successfully complete — or receive waivers for — any prerequisite courses that are required for classes in English (or ESL), math, Anatomy 1, Biology 21/22/23, Chemistry 11/12/21/22/24, Film 31/32, Microbiology 1, Nursing 17, Physics 7/9/22/23/24, and Physiology 3 (among other courses). For further information, please consult with a counselor in General Counseling & Transfer Services.
Many students use Santa Monica College as the freshman and sophomore years of a four-year college plan. SMC is a leader in transferring students to their junior year at four-year colleges and universities, including the UC and CSU systems. Each of these institutions has a list of courses that must be completed to:
- satisfy general education requirements,
- satisfy lower-division pre-major requirements, and
- satisfy elective requirements.
How credit for an SMC course transfers to your future school depends on how that school will accept the course, and how clearly defined your transfer goal is.
To make things easier for SMC students to transfer successfully, Santa Monica College has worked out transfer agreements — called articulation agreements — with most local colleges and universities on how your units of credit transfer or meet graduation or other requirements. You can look up transfer information yourself (go to assist.org for details), but you will find it much easier to talk to a counselor in the Counseling Department. To schedule an appointment with a counselor, please call 310-434-4210.
Student-Athletes Please Note: If you plan to transfer with an athletic scholarship, please see an athletic counselor for a list of requirements and to arrange for continuous counseling while enrolled at SMC.
To the best of our knowledge, SMC does not schedule courses in inaccessible locations. However, some locations may not be accessible to students with specific disability-related access needs. SMC will relocate classes to accommodate individual students. To initiate this process, please contact the Center for Students with Disabilities at 310-434-4265 (voice) or 310-434-4272 (fax).
The path of travel from the public bus stops on Centinela to the Bundy and Airport Arts campuses is a steep grade that may be inaccessible for some with mobility limitations. However, the Sunset Ride — an accessible public bus line — which transfers from Big Blue Bus Line #14, stops inside the Bundy Campus.
In addition, the following rooms have access restrictions:
ESL and Art buildings: Accessible restrooms require an access key.*
Access keys are required for elevators when classes are not in session in the Business, Art, and Student Activities buildings, as well as for the Gym basement elevator.
*For restroom access-key copies, go to the Center for Students with Disabilities (Student Services Center S155) or call 310-434-4265.