The Scholars Program at Santa Monica College was initially developed with UCLA to
maintain the Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) and assist students to transfer from Santa Monica College to UCLA. TAP is a priority
admissions agreement that assists students who are seeking admission into majors offered
through UCLA's College of Letters and Science (excluding Communications). UCLA Majors and Minors
In addition to allowing student priority admission to select universities, the Scholars
Program offers participants the opportunity to take specialized Scholars courses that
prepare them for the rigors of university study. Scholars students receive priority
enrollment each semester along with workshops intended to prepare students for transfer,
as well as access to specialized Counselors.A list of Scholars Program services.
The Scholars Program office is located in the Student Services Center, 2nd Floor,
Room 287. We are open Monday through Thursday for Counseling, though our office is
open until 12:00pm on Fridays. Hours of operation may vary each semester.
During COVID-19 remote Counseling in Spring/Summer/Fall 2020, please refer to the
Scholars Homepage for drop in hours and appointment scheduling information: www.smc.edu/scholars
The Scholars courses are taught by SMC faculty who are highly recommended by their
respective departments and their students. The faculty members require students to
demonstrate a mastery of subject matter through writing, research, critical thinking
and analysis. In addition, students benefit from a class size limited to 25 students.
Priority enrollment enables continuing Scholars students to enroll within the first
week of enrollment. As such, Scholars students have an excellent selection of classes
from which to choose. All continuing Scholars students with an up-to-date educational
plan are identified and automatically receive priority enrollment dates. Students
newly admitted into the program receive priority enrollment only after completing
a semester in the program.
There are approximately 50 Scholars classes offered in the fall and spring terms.
Approximately 10 classes are offered in the summer and winter sessions. Scholars classes
are selected from the IGETC list (UC/CSU general education requirements). Students
are required to complete 1 or 2 Scholars courses each semester along with their other
courses. A total of 15 units is required to complete the program.
No, however if you are a member of the Scholars Program we may send out emails regarding
scholarships that we believe may be of interest to Scholars students. For in-depth
information regarding all available scholarships, please visit theScholarship Office.
You must be eligible for English 1 or have completed English 1. English 1 + 28 will
not meet this requirement. Students coming from high school can also submit AP English
test scores of 3 or better in lieu of English 1. You must also have at least a 3.0
(high school) GPA. If you are a continuing college student, you must have completed
at least 12 college units with a 3.0 (college).
The Scholars Program Applicationmust be submitted along with a 500-word essay, a letter of recommendation, proof of
English 1 eligibility and transcript copies. Application filing dates are usually
October - January for Winter/Spring admission and March - July for Summer/Fall admission.
Students coming from high school will need to submit transcripts covering 9th through
12th grade. If you exited high school early via passing a High School Proficiency
Examination (ex: CHSPE), then you will need to submit a copy of your certificate as
well as a high school transcript showing courses completed leading up to the proficiency
exam. Students must also submit transcripts for all colleges/universities attended. The
Scholars Program will accept unofficial transcripts as part of your application packet.
Note: The Scholars Program does not have access to the files in the Office of Admissions
and Records. Therefore submitting them to Admissions is not the same as submitting
them to Scholars. Be sure to send your official Transcripts to Admissions and your
unofficial ones to the Scholars Program.
Our application process is specifically for the Scholars Program. You will need to
apply and submit materials to the Office of Admissions and Records separately in order to be an SMC student. In fact, students must apply to SMC prior
to submitting an application to the Scholars Program.
No. All students must complete the Scholars application process for the SMC Scholars
You may apply to the program; however, the review committee will evaluate your records
to see if the Scholars Program is an appropriate fit. Students who have completed
most of their general education requirements are not good candidates. Students who
have a minimum of 5 IGETC courses to complete are better candidates.
Students need to be in the program for a minimum of two semesters by the time they
are applying to transfer. Students should be in their second semester with the Scholars
Program by the time they are applying to transfer. Remember, students applying to
UC schools will be applying in November. Many students try to join the Scholars Program
in the same fall term that they will be completing their UC application for transfer. These students are not appropriate
for the Scholars Program.
Yes. If the major is appropriate and you are willing to take the required Scholars
classes and maintain the requirements to be in the program, then you may participate
in the Scholars Program.
No. There are no priority admissions agreements for Engineering majors. Furthermore,
the curriculum offered in the Scholars Program does not accommodate the courses required
for Engineering majors. However, as an Engineering major, you may be eligible to join
the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Program. You may, however, be eligible for TAP under a non-impacted alternate major in the
College of Letters and Science.
No. There are no priority admissions agreements for Nursing majors. Furthermore, the
curriculum offered in the Scholars Program does not accommodate the courses required
for Nursing majors. You may, however, be eligible for TAP under a non-impacted alternate major in the College of Letters and Science.
No. There are no priority admissions agreements for these majors. Understand that
admission to these majors often requires students to show proof of ability through
an interview, portfolio or audition. You may, however, be eligible for TAP under a non-impacted alternate major in the College of Letters and Science.
All Scholars Program communications will be sent to your SMC email address. Students
are notified within 2-3 weeks of submitting a complete application packet.
New Scholars Students
All students who have been newly accepted in the program must attend a mandatory Scholars
Program Orientation. Attending the orientation and signing the program contract is
the final step in becoming a Scholars Program student. Failure to do so will result
in dismissal from the program. In addition, students are not able to schedule appointments
with Scholars counselors until the orientation has been completed.
No. Students new to the program are required to take at least 2 Scholars classes their
first semester. For subsequent semesters, one Scholars class is the minimum required
to remain in good standing.
Continuing Scholars Students
Students must complete 15 unites of Scholars courses, over a minimum of two full semesters,
and they must be completed or in the process of being completed by the time students
are applying to transfer. Students filing UC applications in November must complete
their Scholars courses during that same fall semester. They may not complete the Scholars
units during the following winter or spring terms because the certification must be
completed before the winter and spring sessions are complete.
The Transfer Alliance Programis a collaboration between local community college Honors/Scholars Programs and UCLA's
College of Letters and Science. The program is designed to encourage academic excellence
at the community college level and to promote diversity and retention in the UCLA
transfer population. Scholars students who are TAP certified receive priority consideration
for admission to UCLA's College of Letters and Science. If admitted, TAP students
are eligible to apply for scholarships reserved for the Transfer Alliance Program.
No. TAP certification guarantees priority consideration; it is not a guaranteed admissions
agreement. TAP certified student must be competitive for the major to which they are
applying. Those who do not meet the GPA and major preparation requirements will be
denied admission to UCLA even if they are TAP certified.
No. UCLA, UCB and UCSD do not offer guaranteed admissions programs for community college
students. However, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz
and UC Riverside do offer Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAG).
No. It only works with the majors in the College of Letters and Science (excluding
Communications). The priority admission does not extend to the majors in the five
other undergraduate schools at UCLA. However, certification for non-College of Letters
and Science majors such as Engineering, Nursing, Arts and Architecture, or Theater,
Film and Television can be obtained if the student completes the prerequisites for
an appropriate alternate major in the College of Letters and Science.
Scholars Program Counseling
Counseling appointments are made available every Wednesday for the following week.
To schedule an appointment, you can either come in to the Scholars Program office
beginning at 9 am on Wednesdays or call our Front Desk at 310-434-4371 beginning at
10 am on Wednesdays. Only current members of the Scholars Program are permitted to
make appointments. If you are prospective Scholars student, we encourage you to attend
an Information Session with a Scholars Counselor. If you are new to the Scholars Program, you may schedule
an appointment once you have attended the mandatory Scholars Program Orientation.
Drop-in sessions are 5-10 minutes long and are intended to address any quick questions
a Scholars student might have. For the list of available drop-in times, please see
the bulletin board in the Scholars Program office. Weekly drop-in availability is
posted every Monday morning.
Counseling appointments are 30-minute meetings with a Scholars counselor to discuss
in-depth education planning, transferring, program issues, etc. Students entering
their first semester in the Scholars Program should schedule an appointment to meet
with a counselor early in their initial semester to discuss their education plan and
coursework. Continuing students should meet with their counselor before enrollment
each semester to verify their upcoming class schedules as well as in ample time to
complete their application to the university to which they will plan transfer.
During COVID-19 remote Counseling in Spring/Summer/Fall 2020, please refer to the
Scholars Homepage for drop in and appointment scheduling information: www.smc.edu/scholars
Students whose GPA is in jeopardy of falling below a 3.0 should immediately make an
appointment with a Scholars counselor. The counselor can help the student assess the
situation and formulate a plan. The counselor will also make recommendations regarding
the student's status in the program.
Students must consistently take Scholars courses in order to remain in the program.
The program requires that students enroll in Scholars courses during the spring and
fall sessions. Enrollment is not required during the winter and summer sessions.
Students may receive a probation letter for several different reasons. If you received
a probation letter, contact the Scholars Program office and make an appointment with
a counselor immediately.
Maybe. Students should contact the Scholars Program office. The office personnel
will determine the status of the student's application and file.
Violation of SMC's Rules for Student Conduct (AR 4410), the Code of Academic Conduct
(AR 4411), and/or the Honor Code (AR 4412) will prevent students from being admitted
into the program and will be grounds for dismissal of continuing Scholars Program