Student Support

Welcome Center

Welcome new students! As you begin your college journey, know that SMC is here to help you.

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Office Contact

  • Welcome Center Email:
  • Phone: 310-434-8101
  • Location: SSC 1st Floor (vaccinated visitors only)


Monday-Friday: 8:30a - 5p PST ​

In-Person Services

The Welcome Center is open for general enrollment questions with a limited capacity on Monday-Thursday @ 10a-2p PST 

  • Please be advised that the Welcome Center no longer offers any counseling services. Any counseling questions should be directed to General Counseling
  • Students must be cleared for on-campus visits by submitting proof of vaccination in advance. 
  • Students must also submit the daily COVID 19 screening prior to their visit. This can also be found in the SMC Go App.

The Welcome Center is currently operating remotely.  In-person services have not been scheduled yet.

Welcome Center Café

Have general questions about enrollment, but can't make it to campus? Come to the virtual Welcome Center Café! You can learn about the application and enrollment process, as well as resources available to new students to help them get started. We hold a weekly Zoom call Monday-Thursday from 12p- 4p PST & Fridays from 3p- 4p PST.

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No matter which type of new student you are, we have information and resources just for you!

High School Students

Learn how current high school students can attend SMC for FREE!

High School Students

Out of State Students

Learn how to successfully transition from out of state to study at SMC.

Out Of State Students

Transfer Students

Find out what's needed for a smooth transfer from your current college/university to SMC.

Incoming Transfer Students

International Students

Study in Santa Monica, CA. SMC offers many special programs to help international Students succeed.

International Education Center


SMC Promise Program

Have questions about the SMC Promise program? Need to know how to get your SMC ID card? Visit the SMC Promise Program Guide for all things SMC Promise, including information about eligibility, benefits, and book vouchers!

SMC Promise Guide

Information for High School Counselors

We have dedicated tools and resources for high school counselors to help their students successfully apply and attend SMC. 

High School Counselors


Becoming an SMC Student

The resources below are designed to help students join the SMC community and be prepared for success.

Additional Student Resources

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