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Drop-In Telephone​ Counseling 

Counseling Callback Queue

Counselors are available on a drop-in basis to speak to students by telephone, once a student signs into Q-Less.
Note: QLess closes when student wait times far exceed counselor availability. Depending on student wait time, QLess may not reopen for the day.
If accessing the QLess line on your phone, download the QLess app (Android or iOS).

Qless Drop-in Counseling Hours​​

Fall 2020 Regular Hours (September 7 – December 23): 
Please see our extended hours in red. 
Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. – November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30)
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. – November 3, 10, 17, 24)
*Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. – November 4, 18, 25)
*Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
*On Wednesdays, from Sept. 16 - October 28 we will not open until 10AM due to department meetings.

Holiday Closures:
Monday, September 7, 2020 - Labor Day 
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - Veteran’s Day 
Thursday, November 26, 2020 and Friday, November 27, 2020 - Thanksgiving 
Thursday, December 24, 2020 to January 01, 2021 - Christmas and New Year’s Day  

Video Express Counseling Also Available

Briefly meet with a counselor through Video Express Counseling. These sessions are limited to 10 minutes. No appointments needed.​​

Special program students (ex. EOP&S, VRC, Latino Center) should contact their special program(s) for Counseling.​ Information for F-1 Visa students.


Welcome to Santa Monica College, California's #1 transfer college for 29 years! SMC tops in transfers to UCs, USC, LMU, and UCs and CSUs combined. World-Class education and endless possibilities await you.

Santa Monica College is here to help you! Feel free to reach out to SMC counselors to get assistance on how to transfer to the best college or university for you.

To be a successful transfer student:

  • Take advantage of all the resources listed on our website
  • Attend workshops and college fairs to gather information
  • Meet with counselors and university representatives to create the best transfer plan

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