Scholars Program

Scholars Program


Contact Us

Phone: 310-434-4371
Location: Student Services Center (SSC) 2nd Floor Room 221 Map

Counseling Services:

Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.                                                                           

Phone/Walk-in Services:

Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (virtual only on Fridays)                                                  

Current/Continuing Scholars Program Students

How will I meet with my counselor if the office is closed?

The Scholars counselor will call you at your appointment time using the phone number on file in your student portal.  Please make sure that your phone number is correct in Corsair Connect. Need to change your phone number? Please refer to the following instructions:

  • Log into your Corsair Connect
  • Click on the "Home & Profile" in the left menu
  • Click on "View/Edit Profile"
  • Make appropriate changes on the screen (phone, address, etc.)
  • Click on "Submit Changes" 
You should also make sure that your cell phone allows blocked/unknown callers at this time.  If you are not able to answer at your scheduled appointment time, you will need to reschedule for another time.  

Need to make an appointment with a Scholars Counselor?

You must be admitted to the Scholars Program and have attended the mandatory Orientation to use this service:

Counselors are available for telephone appointments and video appointments (Zoom) Monday through Thursday and occasional Fridays, as needed.

Book an appointment through Corsair Connect.

  1. Click "Counseling and Special Programs" in the left menu.
  2. Click "Counseling Appointments".
  3. Change "Program/Area" to "Scholars Program"
  4. Choose your appointment date/time/modality.
  5. You will receive an email confirmation of your appointment with instructions.
    • Video appointments: A Zoom meeting link is provided.
    • Phone appointments: Counselors will call the current phone number in your Corsair Connect account. Make sure your phone number is accurate in the Corsair Connect profile settings.  Also make sure your phone settings are adjusted​​ to allow "unknown" or "no caller ID" numbers at the time of your appointment. If you cannot be reached, your appointment will be canceled and you must reschedule.
    • In-person appointments:  The Scholars Program is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Services Center (SSC) Room 221.

In an effort to accommodate as many of our students as possible, we can only allow one appointment per week and the system will only allow you to make appointments for 7 days out at a time.  For same day availability/openings, please call our office at 310.434.4371.

Have a quick question for a Scholars Counselor?

You must be admitted to the Scholars Program, have attended the mandatory Orientation AND met with a Scholars Counselor in a 30-minute appointment to use this service:

Drop-in times have been established for our current Scholars students who have quick questions that do not require full appointments.  

Regular Drop-in Hours 

Mondays ~ 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 

Tuesdays ~ 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.  

Wednesdays ~ 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 

Thursdays ~ 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Virtual drop-in:  If you are using a phone to sign into QLess, please download the QLess app first (Android or iOS).

Once you have signed in:

  1. Look for Santa Monica College - "Scholars Callback Line". 
  2. Add yourself to the "line" for a 5-10 minute session.
  3. We'll send you a text message to alert you when we are ready.
  4. The counselor will call you at the number provided when it's your turn to be seen. Make sure cell phone settings are adjusted to receive a call from an unknown or "no caller ID" number. Otherwise, the call goes to voicemail.

Join QLess Line

*In-person drop-in:  Please come to the Scholars office and check in with the front desk during posted drop-in hours.

Prospective Scholars Program Students

Applying to the Scholars Program?

The Scholars Application is electronic and available on our website. Please refer to this page to receive updated information regarding our modified application procedures.

Not sure the Scholars Program is right for you and need more information? Find out about the program by attending an Information Session.

Information Sessions have been scheduled and available on our website. Please refer to this page to receive updated information regarding our modified Information Session format as well as instructions to sign up.

Please note: High School Concurrent Enrollment students are specially approved by their high schools to take specific courses at SMC on a case by case basis. Note that this population is not appropriate for the Scholars Program. They cannot be admitted to Scholars, nor enroll in Scholars classes. This policy helps ensure the Scholars Program prioritizes and serves the students its founding purpose and mission guide it to serve. 

Students who are attending or planning to attend a 4-year college/university AND SMC concurrently (at the same time), as well as those who hold prior Bachelor's degrees are not eligible for the Scholars Program and are not appropriate for the UCLA TAP certification program.


Non-counseling questions and/or questions regarding the program may be directed to: or 310-434-4371 (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday).  

Please leave a message with your contact information and we will return your call.