Santa Monica College is proud to play an active part in our local community, and we are even prouder of the fact that the community plays an active part in our day-to-day business.
Santa Monica College Foundation
Santa Monica College is recognized nationally as a robust Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) with 85% of students qualifying for financial aid. SMC Foundation's mission is to eliminate barriers to ensure academic success for Santa Monica College students. We connect donors with opportunities to effect change at a world-class educational institution where equity, access, and excellence intersect.
SMC Associates is a community support group that aims to enhance student excellence at Santa Monica College. They sponsor speakers from a wide array of today's hottest fields to educate students and the public on current trends. They also organize and underwrite events, performances, and exhibits that serve to enrich student and community life and promote excellence.
General Advisory Board
SMC's General Advisory Board consists of a very diverse group of college neighbors, local professionals, business owners and civic leaders. Their mission is to create an opportunity for the college to tell the Santa Monica Community about new and on-going programs and plans, and for the community to have an opportunity to meet both administrators and student campus leaders in an informal setting.
- Priority Enrollment for Residents and Local Graduates
- STEM Teacher Prep Program with UCLA
- Cradle to Career Initiative with SMMUSD
- Malibu Campus and Sheriff Substation with City of Malibu and L.A. County
- Santa Monica Early Childhood Lab School with The Growing Place
Arts & Culture
The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center is sublimely intimate with just over 500 seats, and strikingly grand at the same time, forging a new kind of artist and audience experience in Los Angeles. Theater shows, dance, film, operas, musicals, and symphony and chamber orchestras are presented on one of the city’s largest proscenium stages.
The Santa Monica College Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery opened at its new location, in 2000, as part of the new Performing Arts Center, to include the Broad Theater, Edye Second Space, the East Wing Performance Space and the Music Department. The new location and design of the SMC Barrett Art Gallery has created a dynamic space for exhibiting art.
Thanks to the generosity and vision of the late John Drescher, Santa Monica College is the home to a computerized planetarium theater. At its heart is the Evans & Sutherland Digistar II planetarium projector, which was the first of its kind on the West Coast. Using digital technology, audiences can fly beyond the solar system and soar among the stars. We can transport you across our galaxy to the limits of spacetime.
KCRW 89.9 FM, a community service of Santa Monica College, is Southern California's leading National Public Radio affiliate, featuring an eclectic mix of music, news, information, and cultural programming. KCRW.com extends the station's profile globally, with three streams featuring web-exclusive content: all music, all news, and the live station simulcast, as well as an extensive list of podcasts.