Scholars Program

Program Requirements


Freshmen Eligibility

  • Freshmen students with no college work (in progress or completed), must submit high school transcripts covering 9th through 12th grade.

  • **Freshmen students currently enrolled in 11 or fewer college units must submit high school (9th - 12th), college transcripts AND Grade Check Forms for courses in progress.

  • Freshmen students currently enrolled in 12 college units must submit Grade Check Forms for each course.

  • Freshmen students who do not have a full high school transcript but have passed the High School Proficiency Examination will need to submit a copy of their equivalency certificate AND a copy of their high school transcripts covering each grade completed.

  • International students with foreign academic records must complete 12+ college units at a U.S. institution before applying.

Continuing/Returning Student Eligibility

  • Continuing students with less than 12 college units completed must meet high school admission eligibility (see above criteria**)

  • Continuing students must submit a copy of their SMC transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

  • Continuing students who have previously attended other colleges or universities must submit transcripts for all colleges attended. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. (Note: Admissions policies require students to declare all colleges attended. Failure to do so will jeopardize a student's transfer status.)

  • International students with foreign academic records must complete 12+ college units, or in progress with Grade Check Forms, at a U.S. institution before applying.

Exit/Certification Requirements

In order to receive the certification from Santa Monica College students must complete the following:

  • Complete a minimum of 15 units in Scholars courses.  These courses must be completed/in progress by the end of the semester you are applying to transfer

  • At least three (3) Scholars courses must be completed at SMC

  • Only Honors/Scholars courses taken at TAP partner schools may be used for certification purposes and they must be designated as "Honors" on the transcript of record from that institution

  • Meet with a Scholars counselor once a semester

  • Maintain membership in the Scholars Program for a minimum of 2 semesters. (Students should minimally be in their second semester of attendance in the Scholars Program by the time they are applying to transfer)

  • 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 students.