Admission & Aid

How to Apply to Santa Monica College



We're excited you are applying to Santa Monica College, California's #1 transfer college for 25+ years, where you'll experience an affordable world-class education and endless possibilities!

Once you submit your online application, you will be issued an Application Identification Number (Application ID#). You will also be matched with an Admissions Officer who will help you through the rest of the admissions process.

Upload all support documents listed below to your online application. Do not mail any documents to Santa Monica College. Paper documents are not accepted.

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Deadlines to Apply to SMC

Term Out of Country
Application Deadline
In Country Application Deadline For students holding valid F1 visas
Winter 2021 Session
January 4 - February 11, 2021
December 7, 2020 December 7, 2020
Spring 2021 Semester
February 18 - June 16, 2021
January 22, 2021 January 22, 2021
Summer 2021 Session
June 22- August 14, 2021
April 15 May 15
Fall 2021 Session
August 30 - December 21, 2021
July 1 July 15

If you are applying for a session start-date not listed above, such as for the IEP or for late-starting on-line classes, please choose the first available session when you complete your application, and notify your admissions coach in your online application Message Center about your preferred start-date.

What You Need to Apply to SMC


It takes 4-6 weeks to process international student applications. This does not include the process in your country to obtain your F-1 visa.

If you have any questions, contact the International Education Center.