About the College System in California
SMC is a two-year community college and is part of the three branch state system of higher education in California. The state funded higher education institutions are classified under the following systems:
- Community Colleges (two year institutions) award Associate degrees
- A few California Community Colleges have been approved to grant a limited number of Bachelor’s Degrees. For more information, please see a counselor.
- California State University (CSU) award Bachelor’s, Master’s degrees, and Educational Doctorates
- University of California (UC) award Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorates and professional degrees
SMC prepares students so they will be eligible to transfer to the university with junior standing. Community colleges like SMC are generally considered the first two years of the university.