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 2022 Session
January 4 - February 10, 2022
November 15 December 1
Spring 2022 Semester
February 14 - June 14, 2022
January 5 January 15

Summer 2022 Session
June 20 - August 12, 2022

May 15  June 1
Fall 2022 Session
August 29 - December 20, 2022
July 15 August 1

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.