Santa Monica College: Narrative Description

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1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405-1628
Tel: (310)434-4000; Admissions: (310)434-4880; Web Site:

Description: State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of California Community College System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1929. Setting: 40-acre urban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $4.6 million. Total enrollment: 24,497. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 26:1. 6,393 applied. Full-time: 8,902 students, 47% women, 53% men. Part-time: 15,595 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 101 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 29% Hispanic, 10% black, 16% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 14% international, 25% 25 or older, 56% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semester plus optional winter and summer terms. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT, ACT COMPASS, ACCUPLACER required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/30. Notification: continuous until 8/30.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $4470 full-time, $171 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $570 full-time, $18 per unit part-time, $29 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 50 open to all. Most popular organizations: Club Latino United for Education, African Student Union, Gay and Lesbian Union, Alpha Gamma Sigma, International Speakers Club. Major annual events: Transfer College Fair, Club Row, International Festival. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Santa Monica College Library with 101,317 books, 77,458 microform titles, 389 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.3 million. 600 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: A residential city and beach resort, Santa Monica is part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The temperature averages 64.2 degrees. All forms of major transportation serve the area. Excellent shopping facilities are in the city. Part-time employment is available. Beach area includes Ocean Park, Malibu Beach, and Will Rogers State Beach, providing recreational activities in addition to the city facilities for outdoor sports.

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