The Scholars Program is a distinctive academic community within the larger Santa Monica
College campus. This Program aims to prepare students, particularly freshman students,
first-generation college students, students from underserved schools and communities,
and non-traditional students for transfer to the colleges and universities of their
choice. Scholars’ students are a talented group of highly motivated individuals whose
goals demand specialized and intense academic preparation and study.
Through special transfer agreements with top four-year colleges and universities,
Scholars students get priority consideration for admissions to the following campuses:
The UCLA College (formerly College of Letters and Science) TAP, UC Irvine, Loyola
Marymount University, to name a few.
The Scholars Program philosophy is to promote mastery of subject matter demonstrated
through writing, exposure to research, critical thinking, and analysis. Scholars courses
are taught by faculty that are highly recommended by their respective departments
and their students. The Scholars Program coursework provides students with the educational
background essential to university-level work.