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  • 07/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 14 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 1 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The great thing about Santa Monica College is that it's so diverse. It really caters to a variety of different needs. Whether it be a just-out-of-high school student hoping to transfer, or a professional simply looking to expand their horizons, Santa Monica College has something for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research, and be prepared. Because Santa Monica College is a Junior College, many students enroll with the idea that it will be easy, and they slack off. Some people think that transferring to a university from a junior college is easier than trying to get in straight from high school, but in reality, it's more difficult. The truth is that transfer students face a lot of competition, and when it comes time to admit transfer students, good universities only want the best of the best. They want to know that the students they're admitting are as smart and responsible as, if not, more than, the students they've already admitted. The way to really excel in Santa Monica College is to treat it like it is a regular, serious, four-year university. Do well in your classes, and make friends with your teachers. That way, you'll obtain great references and really impress universities by showing them that you're ready and willing to handle more responsibility.

    Bang for the buck

    Starting Santa Monica College as an out-of-state student, I had to pay a lot more than a California resident. But even though my tuition is higher than other students, I'm still receiving a great deal. The quality of the school is great, and some teachers at universities even teach at SMC in their spare time. You're basically taking the same classes as the ones given at the nearby universities, but paying a lot less for it.

    Am enjoying being here

    SMC has what a lot of colleges lack, and that's a positive energy. Maybe it's the welcoming environment, the helpful staff, the great location, or the beautiful campus, but there isn't one person I've met who doesn't like SMC. In just the short amount of time that I have attended SMC (Santa Monica College), I've truly made so many great memories and friends. Plus, this school makes it really easy for you to organize and get started on the path to achieving your life goals. What's not to love about that?

    Am learning a lot

    The reputation of junior colleges is that the level of education is not very high. For some junior colleges, that may be true, but the quality of classes at Santa Monica College is exceptional. That's why it's rated one of the best junior colleges in the nation. At any college, there are bound to be classes that aren't for you. Talking to a counselor and websites that give student-written reviews can be really helpful. However, with proper research, you're sure to find university-level classes at Santa Monica that challenge you and really work with you.

  • 01/01/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 9 people found this review useful. 2 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Independent, self-motivator, struggling financially, students looking to transfer to a university.

    Tips for prospective students

    I made sure to lookup my professors on ratemyprofessors.com before deciding to stick with the particular professor I chose. Of course everyone has to take it upon themselves to get a good grade, but you still need to make sure you have a professor who is willing to help you when you ask for it and who genuinely loves teaching.

    Bang for the buck

    I get financial aid, but I still have to pay for my books, which tend to be worth an arm and a leg. Still, I believe that SMC is one of the best junior colleges in Southern California. The location is amazing, who doesnt like an ocean breeze?, the facility is overall maintained well, many teachers leave a great lasting impression, and the school boasts about being #1 in transfers to UCLA. This definitley is a great school to choose to attend if planning on transferring.

    Am enjoying being here

    I do get to see many of my high school friends, but sometimes I wish I could meet more new people. Of course this is something that one has to take upon themselves to accomplish. It was easier in high school to talk to people in class, but not so much in college. Once you are in class you have to be prepared to listen to the tecaher speak non stop through the entire period, there isnt much time to socialize. If you get to do group projects, then you have a chance to make new friends, or if you join a club. There are diverse people all throughout the campus, you meet people from all ages and from different countries as well. You just have to take the initiative if you really want to meet new people.

    Am learning a lot

    Every school has its pros and cons, especially when it comes to the faculty. Fortunately most of the professors at SMC are top notch, many have taught and still teach at great schools such as UCLA. I recently took a business course and it put me at ease with choosing to be a busness major. My professor gave interesting lectures as well as memorable ones. Many students from junior colleges fear that once they transfer to a university the coursework will be alot harder, but based on myexperience, I don't think the transition will be impossible.

  • 12/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 3 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Santa Monica College is a great school for all types of students. Race, religion or age will not affect you in any way. SMC is has a good environment for all types of students regardless of who you are. What matters is that you are willing to sacrifice your time to get a good education to have a brighter future. Having a variety of students is very good because you learn more about other races and that there are many people out there who think and are just like you. SMC has a variety of programs and services that will help you out, give you benefits and make school be a lot easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    A very good tip for prospective students would be to not give up half way when things are looking bad. That you should not give in to pressure because where there is a will there is a way. Having good grades and maintaining them is not very hard because there is a lot of help available for you. The most important thing that you have to remember is that you should learn how to manage your time. If you do not know how to manage your time, getting things done will be very difficult. Things will get clamped together and you will miss out assignments, tests and important events. You can avoid all of these things if you are able to manage your time and student planners are a vary good way to do so. Also, a very good tip would be to visit a counselor at least twice per semester as this will help you keep in track with your goals.

    Bang for the buck

    To pay for school doesn't have to cost you an eye outta your face. Classes are very cheap at only $26 and tuition is not going to hit you in the face. Taking at least two years at Santa Monica College will save you a lot of money as for you wont have to pay thousands like in 4 year universities. Although, there is plenty of financial aid available for students that qualify for it. This will make it easier for you and wont have to spend your money on books witch do cost a lot. By the way you do not have to buy the books straight from the student book store as you can buy books from your fellow students and classmates. You can also sell your books back to the book store or to other students that need it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am enjoying being at Santa Monica because It really is a very good school. there is a lot of interaction and campus events going on. It is a very quiet and helpful environment where one can study outdoors without disruptions and if preferred indoors where staff will make sure that you have a quiet place to study. The campus consists of a many computer labs and a big library with a variety of books for research.

    Am learning a lot

    Santa Monica College is a very good school where learning is easy and fun. The teachers are very good and they are willing to help you when you need it. There is plenty of help and one-on-one counseling. I really am learning a lot of what is expected from me and that there really is no reason for missing out work and failing because, your work is given to you on a syllabus at the beginning of class. I am really learning that as long as i put dedication to studying and in-class assignments, the classes can be very smooth and easy.

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 4 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are instate residence because you are getting a GREAT education while saving thousands of dollars. Also great for students who want a second chance at getting into top universities in the country. I know many people who came to SMC with a bad high school record and got into USC, Berkeley, UCLA, Columbia, NYU, ect. This school can be your hope for a better future!

    Tips for prospective students

    Before prospective students go to SMC, I suggest that you make a clear plan to take as many units as you can while at SMC. Also, I suggest enrolling in classes as soon as you can because the classes fill up quickly. Finally, study hard and take in as much information and life experience as you can while you are a student here.

    Bang for the buck

    The only problem I had with the financial part of this school is that I was an out of state student and it was hard for me to be classified as instate. The out of state tuition is about ten times more than the instate price so I did not think that it was fair. Although, if I were an instate student, I think this is the best deal for a junior college because of the great education at a good price. Even though it was more expensive for me, I still think that SMC has the value to be worth the out of state tuition. Another negative is that the Santa Monica/ West LA area is expensive in general. Therefore, the living expenses to go to this school is not fair.

    Did enjoy being here

    I loved being at SMC. It was a great experience and I wish that I didn't have to leave. This school helped me to get into UCLA, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, and UC Berkeley. It was a great stepping stone to prepare me for upper level classwork at UCLA. This school has a lot to offer to the students. I know many people are sad to leave the school because SMC became another home away from home. The many sponsored events and seminars on campus help build up school spirit and passion to learn and succeed in life. The only regret I had with spending time at SMC is not using the short time to to take advantage of all the things the school had to offer.

    Did learn a lot

    From Santa Monica College (SMC), a student can learn many things: academically and socially. I didn't expect much out of this junior college, but the education level at SMC proved to be good enough to earn the outstanding reputation it has. The math and science courses at SMC are not easy and truly prepares students for harder level courses at UCLA or Berkeley. Also, as an out of state student, I did not expect to make lots of friends, but there are many clubs on campus to get you involved and learn many things from the students and teachers. The professors here are from other great schools in the area like UCLA and USC, so I am positive the students will learn a lot and have a great network to be connected to the neighborhood and even the world!

  • 12/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 5 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Santa Monica College is an appropriate fit for people who have busy lifestyles, a tight budget, or are new to the college atmosphere. it is a school where mistakes wont dig you into a deep hole you cant crawl out of, almost like college with training wheels.

    Tips for prospective students

    prospective students need to stay informed about the college workshops and in contact with a counselor. these are pivotal tools for survival. study groups and the occasional all-nighter are worth it, discipline and determination will be tested, so support from friends and family is also a necessity.

    Bang for the buck

    the textbooks are pricey, but when utilized and actually read, one would realize the substance within their bindings. The BOG fee waiver, which pays for tuition was easily obtainable for me, and for others the $20-30 price per unit doesn't seem too bad when compared to other UC's or private colleges.

    Am enjoying being here

    While being a freshman, I joined the Black Collegians program which not only helped me academically by enrolling me in top of the notch courses but also emotionally by assigning me to a compassionate, and caring mentor to advise me through my college years; something of which i deeply appreciate.

    Am learning a lot

    At Santa Monica College, one not only learns about the black and white topics of a syllabus, but also the principle behind those standards and the ways to apply those topics to ones life; For example While taking an English class, the topic of public advertisements came up after a deep dissection about the finesse of Ads, many walked away with the lesson that there is a meaningful message behind a flashy picture.

  • 06/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Santa Monica College is great for all kinds of students and international students who are willing to pay some money for their education. It is also great for adults who work because there are night time classes and even weekend classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    I say if you are not ready for a 4-year university than you should definitely consider Santa Monica College. Also, it has the highest transfer rate to UC's One thing I would give advice on is that you should definitely speak with a counselor before starting because you don't want to be stuck at SMC forever.

    Bang for the buck

    Personally because I am not an international student I think the prices are great. Although recently because of the budget cuts the prices have increased dramatically I still believe its reasonable. For international students I cannot say the same thing. Santa Monica College is a really expensive school for internationals. They pay more than 3,000 dollars.

    Am enjoying being here

    Santa Monica College has a very welcoming environment and because there students from all over the world you are always learning something new. There are a variety of clubs and organizations that help you become more involved in the school. The teachers and counselors are also great. I think because they have experience with so many different cultures and situations they take every student as a individual, and not generalize them.

    Am learning a lot

    I think based on your major this college really does provide a lot. Santa Monica College is especially great for international students. They give a sufficient amount of homework which really helps students prepare for transferring to universities. Santa Monica College also has the highest transfer rate to UCLA. The only problem is that sometimes they are tough with their schoolwork but that is because so students don't slack off, because in colleges students have that tendency to do so.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Entertainment technology!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I know of yet.

    Bang for the buck

    Absolutely worth every penny!

    What to do for fun

    Beach is nearby as well as a great mall and places to workout and play sports!

    Food and Dining

    Great healthy delicious foods!

    Dorm Life

    Not currently living in a dorm but wonderful from what I hear.

    Academic Rigor

    Great classes and lots of learning oppurtinities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use all the resources you can to maximize your learning experience.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful campus. Easy to find offices. Friendly learning environment.

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's a great, nice campus and a neighborhood. BUT There has been many instances of robberies of Purses, cell phones, bikes and a few auto thefts. Just follow SMCPD's guidelines and you shouldn't have a problem.

    Bang for the buck

    International Student's pay about $3700 (in 2011) for a semester. Good deal compared to 7k, 10k and 25k of CSU, UC and USC.

    What to do for fun

    I just keep my Boogie Board in my trunk and hop in the ocean between classes (in summer). Or head to the Venice Skatepark.

    Food and Dining

    3 Coffee shops. Cafeteria with 3 outlets offer a varied selection.

    Tips for prospective students

    Classes fill up very soon. Sooner you add, the better Don't completely depend on the counselors on 1. Completing requirements for a specific university. Solution - Contact your major's Dept. of the University you are transferring to, to get 'all' the information you need or there's about a 50% chance you could be wasting 1 or 2 more semesters in SMC. 2. Don't expect the counselors to know anything specific about your major except for what is at www.assist.org and www.csumentor.org/com Partial solution - Contact an appropriate professor. Partial because I got most helpful information off the internet's reliable sources than what I got from a couple of professors. Now don't get the wrong idea. Most of the Professors I've had are top-notch. But they might not be up-to-date. e.g: I want to be a computer hardware engineer. So I kept looking at monster.com and craigslist.org for job listings. Many of the positions mainly required that i know Verilog. I asked a couple of my professors and they did not know what it was. From internet I learned that it is an HDL (Hardware Descriptive Language) and that SMC does not offer it but many universities in my hit-list do. Moral of the story- Do your own research about what you want and how to get it!

    In three sentences

    Professors with Masters or professional experience Attractive modern buildings Attractively dressed girls

  • 01/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus police are there and readily patrolling the area. they also give update on any incidents that occur via e-mail.

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of clubs and associations that are active in this community. i give it a 4 because you really have to seek out these clubs in order to join in.

    Great for these types of students

    -determined but aren't necessarily clear on what they want to major in -returning students -anyone really!

    Bang for the buck

    community college is the most economical decision you can make! especially if you are considering a uc or cal state education this is the place to go! i was tentative about starting out at community college because of the stigma that is typically associated with it but believe me it saves you two years of tuition! despite the recent hikes in the price per unit, there is simply no comparison.

    What to do for fun

    with your student id card you can ride the big blue bus for free! you can hop on line 7 and be at the beach or at 3rd st. promenade in less than 10 minutes.

    Food and Dining

    the cafeteria is decent here. their known for their sustainability efforts, but its too pricey.

    Dorm Life

    there is none :)

    Academic Rigor

    i gave this a 4 because of the level that you can eventually get to at smc. the more liberal arts can range from 2-3, but the maths and sciences courses here are known for being up to par university level so stay on your game.

    Tips for prospective students

    try to enroll into any special programs there to get a priority enrollment (e.g. scholars, black collegians, adelante, etc.) --there is bound to be one that will fit your interest/needs, plus they have invaluable resources that will put you on the right track.

    In three sentences

    smc is an amazing place to get your started with college. with increasing budget cuts this is one of the few community colleges that is making a strong effort keep classes strong. the faculty is great and there are a number of them that have resources you can tap into that you wouldn't expect on the community college level---so use them!

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    pretty safe

    Clubs and Activities

    too many to list

    Great for these types of students

    beach lovers (many great beaches nearby)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    nice grassy areas to study outdoors.

    Bang for the buck

    classes are so much less expensive than at uc's or other colleges.

    What to do for fun

    watch or participate in sports. go to the planetarium. attend plays or musical performances.

    Food and Dining

    there is a food court with food for every taste.

    Academic Rigor

    smc has high standards. you really learn a lot, whichever class you choose.

    Tips for prospective students

    sign up as soon as possible for classes. buy used books to save money.

    In three sentences

    smc is topnotch. the teachers really care about your success. smc is the #1 college to transfer to the uc's.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    every campus is not a safe as we would like. if your going to stay late make sure you tell someone or have someone on the phone as you walk to your car or have someone walk with you.

    Clubs and Activities

    santa monica has tons of clubs you can join. clubs and activities are a good way to get far. people want to see that you were and what you were involved when looking to hire you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a burger joint right around the corner of a bus stop on the way home that we used to stop by every friday. the burgers and fries are stacked up high and the price is right, it is exactly what every college student looks for. and its a fun place to hang out with friends.

    What to do for fun

    studying all the time does wear you out so take a day to relax and have fun. take a class like dance or drawing thats fun for you and get your mind off studying for a while.

    Food and Dining

    most college students have to learn to use money wisely due to the expensive books and tuition. try to limit the amount of times that you eat out, pack lunch, and prepare meals or eat at home.. its free.

    Dorm Life

    you really don't have to dorm. it is a matter of personal choice. if you live far staying in a dorm seems like the way to go. but if you live close staying home seems like a good way to save money.

    Academic Rigor

    one thing that sets college apart from high school or middle school, is that the main thing pushing you through the classes is yourself. santa monica is there to help but also do not play the role of a parent in other words they are not going to check you homework or make sure you pay things on time.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you know exactly what you what to major in i suggest that you find a school that fits that major however if you are not sure of your major just yet attend college like santa monica and find it there. it is far more difficult to start studying again once you have stopped.

    In three sentences

    santa monica college, in my opinion, is a wonderful place to get started. the campus is very large and the school has a large variety of classes that you can take in order to get a head start in your career planning. whether you want to major in medicine, creative writing, or cosmetology it is a good place to start.

  • 03/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    security is friendly and nice. in my opinion it is a safe school- i've seen kids been arrested for bike theft. they seem to be on top of most situations.

    Greek Life

    none whatsoever.

    Clubs and Activities

    average variety of clubs. many help transfer to 4 year colleges.

    Great for these types of students

    students that want to save money, but still get a great education.

    Bang for the buck

    in state residents pay around 30 dollars a credit hour (extremely cheap!) and get a great education. i am an accounting major and have heard personally from a ucla professor and two smc teachers that students who take accounting at smc for 2 years vs. ucla accounting are better prepared for the advanced courses. smc will save your bank account and at the same time give you pristine professors that care about your future.

    What to do for fun

    santa monica college has great leisure time activities. students can gather on the lawns to enjoy the weather, or simply go to the beach that is less than a mile away. participating in school clubs to meet people or connections can also be fun/rewarding.

    Food and Dining

    at santa monica college we have what is called eat street. they serve a variety of foods for the variety of cultures that attend. salad bar, chinese, mexican, and american. they also have a cafe, with small sides like pastries. near the campus is filled with restaurants, (many that provide student discounts.) for example, abbots pizza, subway, burger king, foster freeze, etc.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms are available at smc.

    Academic Rigor

    average. it all depends on your professor and how they grade. overall my professors have been fair. business and science are the best majors because of the teachers and their backgrounds. they tend to be harder but very rewarding. math is the hardest subject at smc.

    Tips for prospective students

    smc is the best transfer college in california, if students use the resources to their advantage. get involved in clubs, because many attend seminars and fairs that link connections in the future. stay disciplined in school and keep your options open.

    In three sentences

    santa monica college is a fantastic financial loophole. it has well qualified professors, even some who teach at universities like usc, ucla, and many more. the staff and students are so diverse, you can expect anything.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never once felt unsafe, or threatened in any way.

    Greek Life

    Greek life does not seem to be a strong cultural influence at Santa Monica College, in my experience so far.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an incredible range of activities to suit the interests of any student, visitor, and/or staff member.

    Great for these types of students

    California relaxed lifestyle, hanging out with people who tend to have a sunny disposition, BUT willing to put forth a strong dedication to studies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SMC's campus has an extensive recycling and earth-friendly policy which seems to affect students' personal habits on campus and away from school.

    Bang for the buck

    I have not been to many other campuses, but Santa Monica College does seem to be top-notch. SMC has gorgeous landscaping throughout, fountains, state-of-the-art sports facilities, and a successful theater. The massive library, architecturally and administratively, seems to promote a healthy study habit among all students.

    What to do for fun

    Go to a football game, see a lecture, or visit the Broadstage!

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of vending machines spread around the campus with some healthier options, in addition to the typical selections. The cafeteria offers a wide range of quick, on-the-go bites and many hot, tasty meals which can satisfy various ethnic cravings or a simple traditions of American dishes.

    Dorm Life

    I live off-campus, but I hear it's splendid!

    Academic Rigor

    The professors will push you toward excellence, helping you tremendously, to grow as a student, but they don't tolerate those who create distraction, which draws crucial attention and energy that could otherwise be utilized by another student who shows that they are there to achieve.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay well-informed on current requirements in the fields you are most interested in. Always keep your eye out for new, diverse opportunities; be willing to explore!

    In three sentences

    I am so very pleased with all of my instructors at Santa Monica College. While providing a wealth of information and support, I can see how greatly they are helping to shape my future in an incredibly positive way. The classmates that I am surrounded by are an important factor, as well, when considering my overall happiness at school; they are generally great team players and help make learning fun!

  • 03/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Santa Monica College is so diversed and multicultural there isn't a type of student it is equally great for any student. Evidence of this is the many international students who transfer there yearly, as well as the local kids coming from Santa Monica High School and Venice High School. The opportunity to meet someone from a different background here is endless and it also help students see the cultural differences and traditions of other races and ethnicities.

    What to do for fun

    The best thing about being by the beach is there is limitless amounts of fun for all students. Jazz clubs, the pier, great eateries, book clubs, run clubs, movie theatre, and more can all be found at The Third Street Promenade. With your SMC ID the five minute bus trip is free and definitely worth it. It has attractions for all ages and promotes an atmosphere of family fun. And if you're ever near the school on saturdays , during the fall semesters SMC hosts men's football at Corsair Stadium which is always a great way to show school spirit.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at SMC is subpar and very pricey. However, it is convenient when studying long hours or don't have time to go your favorite restaurant. Campus Kitchen offers a huge variety of entrees to choose from, from asian cuisine to south american dishes every dish can satisfy any student. If you aren't a cafeteria type of person SMC is in the center of every type of restaurant or fast food chains. For the burger lovers Burger King and Foster Freeze is located across the street, and for my pizza fans Pizza Hut and a small mom and pops dinery is also located walking distances. Whatever the taste, SMC has it or a short distance away from it.

    Dorm Life

    There isn't really official dorms for the school, but there are local student housing units around the area. If you are a fortunate student to get in one of these units, I can imagine the endless possibilities it entails; you're right near the beach, 24 Hour Fitness is located right off Ocean Park, and you can get to school without worrying about a parking spot; that has got to be the life.

    Academic Rigor

    This is where Santa Monica excels, as aforementioned Santa Monica College is the best available bridge from high school to a four year institution. The class structures are intended for you to be proactive and do outside research and readings and come to class prepared to respond and ask questions. The golden rule in college and higher education in general is: for every hour in class, one must spend double that outside class studying. SMC explores this rule and makes it even more challenging but rewarding when you get an A on your transcript.

    Tips for prospective students

    For incoming students, my biggest tip would be just put maximal effort into what ever courses they are taking and stay focused. The instructors understand that everyone isn't an aerospace engineer or biochemist, they just want to see effort being put into their class and office hours are the most beneficial periods for any students; any comments, questions, or just a little chit chat can be discussed during office hours. The second big one is stay focused, definitely for new high school graduates. Although, Santa Monica College makes the transition from high school to college smooth at time it does feel like a high school environment, but that doesn't mean you can pass a class without doing homework, miss lectures and labs, or pass an exam without rigorous studying. So to ensure your success apply the most amount of effort to the best of your ability in the allotted time you have.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College is a great college that enables a smooth transition from high school or trade school to a traditional four year institution. The classes are charismatic yet challenging, and the instructors are always understanding and pushes students to their maximum potential. Santa Monica College is the leading community college in California for a reason, and I'm proud to be a student.

  • 03/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    The best clubs are here at SMC. They all get together to promote their club at an event called Club Row. Best event ever! All i can say is free food and lots of fun!

    Great for these types of students

    Santa Monica is a school for every type of student.

    Bang for the buck

    The biggest bang for your buck is the Associates Students Sticker which is only $19.50. It gives you access to free rides on every big blue bus, cheap movie tickets, and more. Even though books are expensive at school but SMC has the option of selling back your books for almost half of what you paid for it. Students are always looking to sell books for way cheaper than what the book store sells it for.

    What to do for fun

    I love going to the beach in between classes on sunny days. I set my class schedule so that I have time to squeeze in a trip or five(lol) to the beach. I also enjoy club row in the Spring and Fall. I have gotten free food for solving math problems.

    Food and Dining

    SMC has a great selection of food on campus. There are lots of healthy choices. The best deal for your budget would be at Abbot's Pizza Company on Pico across the street from the college. They are always offering student deals for delicious meals.

    Academic Rigor

    Passing classes are easy if you stay focused and get all the help that is offered. Free tutoring is offered in almost every subject that is taught here at Santa Monica College.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest that you go to a counselor in the welcome center and then after you are in enrolled, go to the counselors within the counseling center. If one counselor you see is not the right one for you, don't give up, just make an appointment to see another. Most importantly research this college to see if it is the right one for you.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College is the best place to be if your goal is transferring. The biggest plus for this school is how close it is to the beach. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming.

  • 04/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The bagel pizza place in front of main campus is the best!

    What to do for fun

    The beach! What can be more beautiful than a campus five minutes away from the Pacific ocean?

    Tips for prospective students

    Visualize yourself achieving your goals and dreams and anything is possible. Be the early bird, and be outspoken. Nothing will be handed to you here, and you have to fight hard for what you need.

    In three sentences

    You may get lost in the shuffle of determined students and lazy students, so you have to pick a side the moment you step on campus. The beautiful sea side community offers everything you need to transfer to a good four-year university. Now if only we could get more classes, more of us could get to where we want to go.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs that you can join! Clubs are wonderful outlets in meeting people that are similar and share the same interests as you.

    What to do for fun

    SMC is at the heart of the city and is right by the beautiful 3rd Street Promenade as well as the beach. After a long class or an exam, there are many places to go so you can take a break from your busy college life.

    Food and Dining

    There is a small cafe and a cafeteria located within the school. I have never eaten there but as a spectator, it seems to be crowded and I assume it is a good place to eat. There are also numerous cafes and restaurants around the area that I absolutely love, Daisy Cafe, is one of them, and it is right by Santa Monica College.

    Dorm Life

    Santa Monica College only offers dorms for out of state and international students, I am a resident here so I can not give you the best advice or description of the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe it offers a good college environment with faculty that are excited in teaching and guiding students toward their individual goals. Plus, SMC has the number 1 UC transfer rate. There is a program called the Scholars Program that requires students to write an essay and meet the minimum GPA requirement to join. It offers selected classes only for Scholars students and has a competitive atmosphere, where all the students that have joined want to transfer to a 4-year university. I am in this program and I have met so many enthusiastic and hardworking people, it is a very good atmosphere to be in if you are determined to transfer to a university. Also, SMC has a UCLA Outreach program where you can take actual classes at UCLA while you are still a student at SMC. The college offers many pathways that does not confine you but rather gives you an open canvas for you to paint your own goals and aspirations.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise you to get a parking permit because the meters surrounding the school are usually filled. Also, visit professors at office hours because they are there to help you and it is a wonderful opportunity to make connections while you are at a smaller campus compared to a university.

    In three sentences

    I would rate Santa Monica College an 8/10. It is a wonderful campus, with ambitious students and helpful faculty. This is a good environment where you can really take advantage of your time to learn about yourself and discover what you truly want to be.

  • 11/15/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Register for classes as soon as you are able to because classes fill up extremely quick.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a community college, so it's cheaper than regular Universities but still pricey for a starving student.

    Did enjoy being here

    It's kind of congested for a campus and parking/traffic is a pain. It's best to use the Big Blue Bus (public transit).

    Did learn a lot

    I really like the professors here. They're friendly, intelligent and very helpful.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    new or returning

    Bang for the buck

    by the beach, good looking campus.

    What to do for fun

    so many options too many to mention!

    Food and Dining

    starbucks on campus, many good food spots in the area.

    Tips for prospective students

    come prepared.

    In three sentences

    so far so good. easy sign-up and enrollment process. friendly and helpful staff.

  • 03/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria on campus is the biggest, there are too many options to choose from inside or where you want to eat, we have seven restaurant stations to buy food,but the food tend to be a bit pricey.

    Dorm Life

    Santa Monica College is a junior college, we do not have any dorms but, the school does specialize in helping student find roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are I find different than any school, every year there is a theme the English department focuses on so that all the students (international as well) can relate to & understand each other on

    In three sentences

    On a scale from one to ten I give Santa Monica College a ten. For instance, the diversity I love it you have so many different people from all over the world on campus. Unlike any other junior college, Santa Monica College is only a preview of what a university feels like.

  • 04/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Dorm Life

    There aren't any dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as soon as possible.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica has one of the best education programs in California. I am very impressed with how diverse the campus is. The down-side to Santa Monica College is the fact that their planning to raise the cost of tuition, which will not give students of lower income families the chance to receive their great education.

  • 04/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe. i leave my stuff around sometimes. only got robbed once, and it was just some quarters.

    Greek Life

    there are honor societies like Phi Theta Cappa in which students do volunteer work to improve their applications to transfer.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are lots of great clubs like subject clubs (math, science...), religious, interest clubs (anime, glass-blowing...), and competitive clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    likes diversity, seeing new things, small classes, friendly people, and a beach setting

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    protests occasionally, we have ducks walk around sometimes. people sing and play guitar on the grass while others shuffle on the concrete. people ask you to do a survey for them or teach you some bible.

    Bang for the buck

    i get paid to go to school, especially with scholarships provided by great sponsors like cappex.

    What to do for fun

    go to the beach/pier, shop, talk with locals, take the bus around town, roller skate, bike, swim, eat.

    Food and Dining

    wonderful selection of food around campus, outside the campus I should say. I have food from a different country everyday and everywhere I go around the area.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not a piece of cake, but again use all resources from the library to the professor to get through the classes like a breeze.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the resources available such as tutoring, office hours, counselors, and any form of aid so that you do not waste your time.

    In three sentences

    This school is highly diverse with a great setting in the most scenic city in California. There are countless resources for all student demographics and situations from financial aid to career counselors. This is the community college for anyone looking for an ease of transition from high school to a large university.

  • 04/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Unsure of major/CC transfers

    Bang for the buck

    Such a great community college. Arguably, the best.

    What to do for fun

    Campus events, such as sports and campus activity hours every Tuesday and Thursday. Lots of free lectures from respectable speakers in their field, and movie nights are also offered. Clubs are also fun, journalism, chess, film, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Eat St., two Starbucks, one Peet's at the Campus Cafeteria are great. Really health-conscious options as well as vegetarian/vegan options if those interest you.

    Dorm Life

    Not really applicable, it is a community college after all, but the apartments surrounding SMC are great, not to mention at a great location- just a few blocks away from the beach!

    Academic Rigor

    The standards are definitely up there; I'd choose 5 stars if it weren't for the helpful teachers and labs/tutoring centers that help you achieve success!

    Tips for prospective students

    If unsure of your major, please take Counseling 12. Personality, interest, and career assessments are offered, and you really get feel for what you want to major in and apply it to. I feel this class should be mandatory!

    In three sentences

    Absolutely a wonderful experience. Teachers and the staff at Admissions, FinAid, Counseling, and Psychological Services are all amazing, respectful, professional individuals. The campus has a great feel to it, there is diversity and the cafeteria is also a plus.

  • 04/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 114

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    engage in club activities on tuesdays and thursdays

    Food and Dining

    Has a great cafeteria with a wide range

    Dorm Life

    no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Santa Monica is second to none

    Tips for prospective students

    Get in and take as many classes as possible

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica is an excellent school providing top quality education and one of the finest schools in California. It is very competitive which creates an environment with students constantly seeking higher knowledge.

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 114

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Talk to people and get to know as many as you can since the campus life in Santa Monica College encourages you to be social.

    Food and Dining

    I don't recommend the food in the cafeteria, instead visit Abbot's Pizza, Subway, or Burger King across the street.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many opportunities to develop as a student and Santa Monica College presents the resources to make you a better student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the opportunities on campus. Honor societies, clubs, jobs, tutors, research material, scholarships, counseling etc. There are so many things you can involve yourself in and I encourage you to do so for the best college experience.

    In three sentences

    Your efforts determine your success at Santa Monica Community College. With the unlimited amount of opportunities, you can succeed and transfer to a 4 year institution or be trapped in the comfort of community college forever. You decide your future.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus! Security is easily accessible, friendly around campus, and I always know that they'll be there if I need them.

    Greek Life

    I was happy and interested to find out that Santa Monica does have Fraternities and Sororities. Those kinds of college bonds can be invaluable in life and it's something people often think they'll miss out on by attending a community college.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always something going around on campus. I work in addition to going to school so I'm not always able to attend, but I love going to their live performances and the weekly happenings in the quad.

    Great for these types of students

    Independent students looking for the normal college setting but with more options.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a small closed off area behind the theater building that is just enough in the middle of everything and just secluded enough to take your lunch and some homework.

    Bang for the buck

    At Santa Monica College you get the same quality education as the four year you'll be transferring to. Between financial aid, their helpful workshops, and my fantastic professors, I know I'm getting my money's worth.

    What to do for fun

    Santa Monica is such a wonderful setting for this open learning environment. With tons of shopping and all kind of dining, and not to mention the beaches of Santa Monica, there is never a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    The main campus has a fantastic cafeteria. As a vegetarian and a stickler for natural foods I expect to be disappointed but there are so many deliciously inexpensive and healthy options! Of course there's also several coffee shop spots to go to to get my daily treat.

    Dorm Life

    One of the benefits to Santa Monica is that there are a lot of apartments close to campus and many buildings with mostly Santa Monica College students. You also have the option of settling anywhere in Los Angeles. I come from East LA to take classes at Santa Monica College and I love it!

    Academic Rigor

    Santa Monica College offers many different kinds of courses and teaching styles. This includes 'scholars classes' for the particularly rigorous but there are many courses that will help the inexperienced ascend to new academic heights.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research and Organize. Exhaust all the options and resources available to you but don't get overwhelmed. Your school's financial aid and counseling departments are there to help you stay the course. Stay dedicated and remind yourself of your achievements to keep you motivated.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College is a very populated school, and for good reason. Dedicated and helpful staff support and aid the student population despite of never ending budget cuts and higher than ever enrollment rates. This beautiful campus provides accessible and high quality professors giving each one of their students the tools needed to excel.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    27 of 114

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Everything. Santa Monica is awesome. Concerts, food, the beach, the pier, parties, art exhibitions, shopping

    Food and Dining

    Santa monica has some of the best restaurants in LA, hell I would even say in America.

    Dorm Life

    I don't think there is a dorm. 3 stars because I don't know what to put.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack off.

    In three sentences

    Great art program. Beautiful campus. Diversity of students.

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Minimal issues and you often see security/Santa Monica Police on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Don't seem worth the time.

    Great for these types of students

    Veterans who are serious about getting their education for a minimal price.

    Bang for the buck

    Although a community college, SMC is a pretty decent education for the $46/unit price. One year ago it was only $26/unit, so get it while the gettin's good.

    What to do for fun

    Get off campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food court is okay. Limited and repetitive menu.

    Academic Rigor

    Choose your classes carefully and you can get a quality education at SMC. On the other hand, it seems pretty easy for some students to skate through without taking their education seriously. You get what you put into it at SMC.

    Tips for prospective students

    Veterans get preferred and early access to sign up for classes, so it definitely helps to be a veteran.

    In three sentences

    Very high transfer rate to 4 year programs. Currently, the staff and student support is at a minimum due to overpopulation of the student services. Preview and carefully select your professors/classes on ratemyprofessors dot com because some professors here should not be teaching at all.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Except for one incident where someone was robbed and some students protesting were pepper sprayed, campus safety has been pretty on point from my experiences.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs to join and you can even start your own if you desire. There are also A LOT of activities held throughout the school year.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun on campus. It is a great place to socialize as it is a very diverse campus. There is a wide variety of clubs to join and activities to partake in. There are also tons of athletics covering pretty much every sport. I suggest joining a sport that you enjoy, joining a club, and meeting new people and you get to do so under BEAUTIFUL California weather.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is decent. What gets me is it is a little expensive so I don't eat on campus often. I guess its pretty standard for colleges just not something I am used to. When I do eat on campus the food is satisfactory.

    Dorm Life

    Santa Monica College is a community college so they don't provide dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics and school curriculum at Santa Monica College is pretty top notch. The faculty is generally well educated and the college offers a variety of classes to satisfy various educational pursuits. The curriculum is surprisingly vast for a community college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make your school work your number one priority. There comes times where you will find yourself pushing aside assignments and hanging out too often. Try and find balance between work and leisure.

    In three sentences

    It is a fun and also a study-friendly environment. There are always new activities and things to do that make it hard for you to be bored. Faculty is mostly friendly and genuinely want to see you have a great college experience.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very informative and they truly care about student safety.

    What to do for fun

    Because the campus is near plenty of mom and pop shops, there's a lot of restaurants, stores and boutiques to visit.

    Food and Dining

    Decent but a little on the pricey side if you go to other restaurants.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the resources! So many opportunities from the scholarship office to the job fair and clubs that students can join.

    In three sentences

    It's great to take classes for the summer because it's near by the beach so you don't have to worry about the oppressive heat when you need to walk to classes. On top of that, you can have a cup of coffee while studying on the lawn without worrying that you're going to overheat yourself.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    No Greek life but we do have two academic clubs: Alpha Theta Kappa and another I can't remember.

    What to do for fun

    Joining a club is always a fun idea, you get to meet people and make great friends. You can also mingle with people in the cafeteria--its always full of people chatting or studying. The quad is also a very busy place, students are seen everywhere hanging out, dancing, laughing. You can also use the track or the pool if you want to work-out for a while in between classes. The beach and the Third Street Promenade is a couple of minutes away.

    Food and Dining

    The food offered is pretty good. It's just a little pricey. They are also trying to get more organic and locally grown food and options for vegetarians.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms available but we do have resources that can help with finding a home or roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are pretty challenging--especially as you move up towards the higher level classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    I really suggest you get to know your professors, it really makes it easier to approach them when you're having problems. Talk to an academic counselor at least once a semester, they will guide you in the right direction and help you with anything they can.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College is a great place to grow mentally and culturally; the curriculum is challenging and there are so many clubs to join. The student body is made up of dedicated students who really care about what's happening around them. The professors are really dedicated and know what they are talking about, they push you to do your best and encourage self-growth.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Our Campus police is located right next to our main campus, and they patrol often to make sure students are in a safe environment.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am apart of The Black Collegians Club which is a wonderful club that promotes togetherness, communication skills, and becoming successful people.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for all types of students because of the diversity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have club row every year, where all the club comes out and promotes themselves. This is a very social event where the school places a theme and we all dress up in coordination to our clubs/programs, while selling food and refreshments.

    What to do for fun

    There is a park located about a couple blocks down which is a great place to hang out with friends, eat, study, or play some basketball.

    Food and Dining

    There are a wide variety of places to eat around campus. You can more than likely bargin around this campus.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms on campus but the area is great to live in. I personally commute from East Los Angeles

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here are very helpful in maintaining a great study environment for you. Do good in your class and you will recieve the grade you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here with a determine mind set and you will become successful.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College is a +10 college because there are many opportunities. There is a wide variaty of programs with counselors. This is by far the best college ever.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    33 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a campus police, and if you're taking a night class and you parked far, you can call and ask for an escort to your car.

    Greek Life

    There are plenty of groups and organizations to join at smc.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to join and activities they arrange.

    Great for these types of students

    SMC is a great place for students willing to out in the effort. It's also great for people returning to school because of the many different options of when to take classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are two fountains where everyone meets. And on the path through the campus there are always at least one or two people playing music..

    What to do for fun

    There are many fun classes at smc. There are sports classes that you can take just for fun, there is a pool with specific times where you would be able to go swimming on your own if you are not interested in taking a swim class. If you're not the spotty type, there are art classes and music classes and a lot more.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't eat much at the cafeteria, but there are plenty of options for a hot meal. Plus there are snacks, and multiple snack machines around campus. If you don't like cafeteria food, though, there are a number of restaurants in the area, a few are even right across the street.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm, but SMC works well with the Big Blue Bus, if you present your student id then you can ride for free.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are definitely more difficult than others and if you are looking to challenge yourself you definitely could find opportunities to do so. The teachers and even the other students are very helpful, they want to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're taking difficult classes, make sure the teacher is at least reasonable on ratemyprofessor.com and if you do then your chances of maintaining a high gpa are much higher. Make sure to not just take the required classes, but to also take a few fun classes. I took yoga one semester while taking 17 other units and it really helped me relax and focus more. There are plenty of extracurricular classes which are extremely enjoyable.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College, SMC, is an amazing school. There is an amazing atmosphere that makes you feel welcome, and everyone is friendly and wants to help. The school provides with with endless opportunities and choices with their academic range.

  • 06/09/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    34 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society. You'll have fun, meet new friends, rack up community Service hours, and keep busy. Most Importantly, you'll stay in the loop when it comes to school functions and activities.

    What to do for fun

    Third Street Promenade, Beach, Santa Monica Pier, Ocean Park Beach, Hollywood.

    Food and Dining

    Campus Kitchen is the best place to eat at the SMC cafeteria. They're food is always great and fresh. They look the cleanest too. Anything else I would stay away from.

    Dorm Life

    None

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty Challenging for Community College Standards. Especially courses in biology, statistics, physics, or the likes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be discouraged by the crowded classrooms, lack of classes, and tough parking situation. These are tough the first few weeks of school, but if you wait-list and crash classes chances are you'll get them. Yes, it's a hassle, but it's worth it in the end.

    In three sentences

    The kind of school where you have to push yourself. Counselors and Staff are willing to help you if you show them a reason to believe in you. Work hard here and you're education here can be as good as anywhere else.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    35 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Buying the A.S. sticker at the Bursar's Office

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach. The promenade. The pier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Arrive a half hour before your class begins to find parking.

    In three sentences

    A great place to learn. So many ways to meet new people. Down the street from the beach.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 114

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Take a nap near the fountain and talk with kids.

    Food and Dining

    Expensive so bring snacks from home but who can resist the Starbucks on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Keep in shape with plenty of sleep if you plan on attending here!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely check out Assist.org!!!!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus that prepares you for the university you plan on attending. A very diverse student body. The teachers have years of university teaching.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 of 114

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    They allow us to use there track so I work out sometimes. Or on most occasions mingle with friends on the beautiful and comfortable campus. Out side of school I train for softball, and hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Santa Monica College is great. It is clean and they give many options that will please your appetite.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students don't be afraid to accept the help they offer. It is great, and I assure you it will be worth your while. Also take advantage of the on campus clubs and activities they offer, they go into depth about you personal goals you hope to accomplish at Santa Monica College.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College has taught me a lot about independence, to rely on myself to get tasks done. They supply me with the necessary guidance and help I need in face of any type of difficulty. Lastly, Santa Monica College has given me detailed steps to transfer, that is very important to me since I will be attending college in the fall.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 of 114

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to the pier!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get things done quickly. Join a club.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school in a great location. Compared to the other community colleges, Santa Monica has the best courses with amazing professors. Lines for processing financial aid or enrollment can get long.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    39 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police patrol all the time checking up to make sure everything is safe. When any student has a problem they go to campus police and it is immediately reported and taken care of. Majority of it is posted in the SMC paper and sometimes the news so that people understand what is going on.

    Greek Life

    I do not know much about the greek like on campus, i know there is but i am not personally involved in it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities. They hold movie nights for everyone on campus, and there are countless clubs that you can enter. There is a club for almost everything.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely. You will not be let down.

    What to do for fun

    Most people just hang out in the cafeteria or around campus at any of the table areas, a lot of people hang out in the library. But in Santa Monica you can do anything, its the city, there are no limits.

    Food and Dining

    The dining is pretty awesome for college food. They have different coffee shops around campus and the cafeteria has two different sections. The food is all freshly made and always yummy.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorm rooms that i know of. Most students live in off campus apartments or with their family, because Santa Monica is so populated and expensive to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be challenging at times, but all the staff members are just trying to prepare you for university and the real world. The professors will help you in any way they can, but you need to rely on yourself more so than the professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    To all future students, make sure that you pay attention to dates and deadlines. Always ask professors for help if you need it. Study! Have a good time, make many friends, get involved in a bunch of extracurriculars.

    In three sentences

    SMC is a fantastic community college. Every staff member is willing to help you succeed, and get your AA or transfer. There is a lot of diversity, which is great.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Great pizza restaurant nearby. It's LA theres chow all over.

    Dorm Life

    I could not tell you about the dorm life but finding an apartment room mate is easy.

    Academic Rigor

    Many students seem languid, with little direction, yet after a year they seem to be struck by lightning and competition will be easy to find in the masses of motivated foreign students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes AS SOON AS THE ONLINE ENROLLMENT POOL OPENS. Otherwise, you will be left in the dust as people jump for the ripe pickings of their choice classes.

    In three sentences

    A school that focuses well on expanding the abilities of students for transfer. The school provides free tutoring, hosts lectures, and excellent clubs. The teachers are as diverse as the students with people from around the world studying in the busy city of Santa Monica; Near all the action.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 of 114

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Get involved with extra curricular activities.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria does not have that much variety and the food isnt all that.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be hard at times.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and take your classes seriously.

    In three sentences

    I really like the athletics program here, It's an awesome experience and the coach is the best. Overall SMC is a really good school and is rated #1 for transfers.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    safe.

    Great for these types of students

    International students.

    What to do for fun

    hang out with strangers from many different countries.

    Food and Dining

    near Santa Monica beach

    Dorm Life

    I do not know anything about dorm life.

    Tips for prospective students

    tuition is expensive, but it's worth it

    In three sentences

    everything is fantastic.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    43 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There cops always around campus, but you know sometimes people get jumped/robbed on campus especially at night because it gets really empty.

    Greek Life

    There is none.

    Clubs and Activities

    You have to go out of your way to get involved in things.

    Great for these types of students

    Transfer Students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are none, that I know of.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to the beach, the Santa Monica pier, shopping at the third street promenade, or Venice beach, just to name a few.

    Food and Dining

    On campus food is okay, but way over priced. Since it is in Santa Monica, there are a ton of restaurants off campus that are near by and have delicious food.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the classes you take, but I did not feel that the classes I took were that difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are attending here, make sure you follow the IGETC or the requirements for whatever school you want to go to to a tee. Make sure your classes transfer over or else you will be there forever.

    In three sentences

    I think it's a good school for transfer. I got into the school I wanted to from here. The teachers I had were really chill and made class enjoyable.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach! There are lots of great restaurants and eateries in the area and closer to the ocean.

    Food and Dining

    It's ok.. A little too much money for starving students. I usually bring my own food if I'm going to be there more than a few hours.

    Dorm Life

    I have no idea how dorm life is, as a matter of fact, I don't think Santa Monica College has dorms as it is a community school intended as a two year or transfer school.

    Academic Rigor

    I think that the amount and extent of academic rigor varies from class to class and from teacher to teacher. I also believe that if a class is not rigorous enough, the student should take steps to broaden their own learning experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice to prospective students would be to start early and don't procrastinate; too many people are in this system and classes get snatched up quickly.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College is a wonderful place to begin, or go back to, a college experience. It's small enough to feel comfortable and big enough to feel like a college. The classes are small and you feel like teachers really know who you are.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Police is very vigilant and always available.

    Bang for the buck

    BOG fee waiver and financial aid are available.

    What to do for fun

    Santa Monica Pier

    Dorm Life

    I am not aware of any dorm life while at the college.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging and exciting curricula.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to meet with a counselor to have a clear educational plan towards getting an AA and transferring to a 4-year University.

    In three sentences

    College that invites Diversity, Competitiveness and Scholastic excellency amongst students.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Santa Monica campus is very safe. Their is no violence, everyone is friendly. If you have a question with anything ask anybody and they are most likely to hand a helping hand. There are security and some police officers roaming around for the student safety just in case to also make you feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Their are MANY clubs to choose from what ever fits your interest! when you are in a club or any school activities you feel like a family that is growing because you get to interact meet new people and bond with the same interests. if its a sport or the Chemistry club. clubs help you with your goals at SMC, Academic challenges and culture differences.

    Bang for the buck

    Their is always Financial aid to help you out with your college expenses, scholarships, also little jobs that you can do on campus to get that extra cash to pay for college while still doing your best on your school work.

    What to do for fun

    For Fun you can always walk your way down to the Santa Monica Pier or take the bus and also you have Venice Beach not that far either...SAnta Monica has lot of activity and fun something new at every corner

    Food and Dining

    At Santa Monica you have different varieties of food you can choose from from a Burrito that you can make on your own to Chinese food to just have a deli sandwich.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life if Santa Monica, you can either rent an apartment near the campus or just drive you don't live that far.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on what course you take. You can also just go to Ratemyprofessor.com to see how difficult a proffessor is what the are good at and what they are not.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College, just waking into this wonderful campus for my first year in college gave me a great vibe ,clean ,wonderful safe college I cant wait to continue my 2 years with a great learning experience. Santa Monica has a great transfer rate made me even for excited I made that decision to go here.

  • 08/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is a very safe place located in a safe community.

    Greek Life

    It's a city college, so there's not really a Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities. The schools international study programs are fantastic.

    Great for these types of students

    Santa Monica College is great for international and low-income students. It's proximity to Los Angeles makes it an excellent place of study for students pursuing the arts, sciences, business and so forth. Motivated students will excel, creative students will flourish and clever students will have the easiest time obtaining the exact education they want.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The library is a great place to study, with computers available for students.

    Bang for the buck

    In proportion to the cost, Santa Monica City college is a fantastic opportunity. Classes are taught by highly regarded professional teachers that care. The courses are challenging and the academic experience is ore than sufficient to prepare students for university.

    What to do for fun

    The school offers many clubs and has a great theater/drama department. Additionally, Santa Monica is a lively city. Students are not far from the ocean, and all the other recreational activities that Santa Monica, Venice and Marina Del Rey have to offer.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is ok. It could be quite a bit better. But given the states budget cuts, I would much rather see money pumped into areas directly related to improvements in academic opportunities for students.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms. This is a community college. And one of the top feeder schools to UCLA.

    Academic Rigor

    The schools provides the challenging academic environment that is needed to prep students for obtaining their degrees at a university.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are some challenges with attending SMC. First, the study body demand outstrips the college's abilities to supply classes for everyone. It is important they you do everything you can to get the classes you want. Parking is quite challenging. Devise your parking strategy before attending.

    In three sentences

    Santa monica is an excellent college. The teachers are very passionate and caring. The facilities are pretty good. There are some older buildings that need work, but there are also many newer facilities.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs to join.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all resources the school has to offer

    In three sentences

    It's the best community college in California

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    49 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I must say, the campus security is one of a kind I have never seen a campus that has a great security staff as Santa Monica College.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs at Santa Monica College, and activities are constantly happening on campus and off campus that are designed for all students.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are looking to get their AA or want to transfer to a university

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that Santa Monica is very reasonably priced, compared to other colleges and universities. The only letdown would have to be the parking permit, its pretty pricey, along with the books but that is always expected at any college or university

    What to do for fun

    Santa Monica Beach has loads of bars and restaurants as does Venice Beach.

    Food and Dining

    Very close to Santa Monica is an out door mall that has everything that you could possible need. Also there is Main Street that has many restaurants and bars. Not to mention Santa Monica Beach and pier is five minutes away. Venice beach is ten Minutes away that also has a great night life and delicious restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Santa Monica college does not offer an on campus dorms but around campus there are many apartments that are avaliable, all which are close to many attractions and the each

    Academic Rigor

    Students, especially when they start taking specific major classes are constantly being engaged in whatever the class is. professors do an excelent job in interacting with the students and allowing them to participate.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice would be to visit a counselor as many times as possible, to make sure that you're taking the correct classes, and get to school early because traffic and parking will be a challenge.

    In three sentences

    Overall, I rate Santa Monica College in a scale 1-10, 1 being the worst and 10 being the best a 9. It has a great diversity of students, excellent professors, and counselors that are always willing to help. Also, it is very clean and transferring to a UC school is a lot easier coming from Santa Monica College, only downside is parking.

  • 09/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is actually decent.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    This college is filled with clubs for all kinds of people. The pool here is simply fantastic and clean. The sports team are dedicated to improving their skills before going to bigger things.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for transfer students. Great for students looking for great value and even better courses. The best for students who wish to get use to college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    No unusual traditions. The locations on campus are a beautiful library and amazing theater building. The best location is the welcome center.

    Bang for the buck

    Santa Monica College offers great value. It is the top college for transfer to UC and CSU. Courses are affordable and teach you a great deal.

    What to do for fun

    The infamous Santa Monica Pier is really close. Along with the south pavilion mall and fox studios. You could also bike ride through the city.

    Food and Dining

    great food and great restaurants nearby with a large variety of foods.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not that complicated but it piles on quick.

    Tips for prospective students

    Simply go online to smc.com it will give you everything you will need to know. If you are still confused just call. Personally the best option is to go to the school.

    In three sentences

    This college truly cares for your future. They made everything easy for me from applying to actual course work. It is rare to find a local college that cares so much yet be so rigorous.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The Promenade and the beach are right up Pico, approximately 5 minutes from the school. There is the Santa Monica Pier and many shops for students to go and hang out at.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few fast food places around Santa Monica College that students go to. The cafeteria has these California rolls, that happen to be my favorite and what would a college be without Starbuck's?

    Academic Rigor

    There are many transferrable courses students are able to take. Although it is somewhat of a difficult task to add classes in the beginning of each semester, the professors are awesome and there to help you!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on transferring to a four-year university, Santa Monica College is the school to attend. The professors/counselors are there to help students transfer, and there are many clubs students can join to get the appropriate direction. SMC takes education very seriously, so I wouldn't suggest attending SMC to mess around.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College is a school that specializes in transferring students to four year universities. The professors/counselors/staff are very helpful individuals who provide all of the information students need in order to succeed. There are many different courses students can take at SMC, and what's not to love about the beautiful campus.

  • 10/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Great security, police work on campus! Feels very safe!!

    Greek Life

    Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society :)

    Clubs and Activities

    Santa Monica has many different clubs and is open to all who want to join. This is a great way to meet new friends, make ever-lasting connections, and have something to put on your college transcript for school participation!!

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all willing to learn.

    Bang for the buck

    Sadly due to budget cuts the amount of space for student admissions is limited and the school is not able to open new classrooms. Also the parking is a mess and forces many students to arrive two hours early, so they have time to find parking, or else risk being late. The school is building a parking lot on the other side of campus but I dont think it will be done realistically anytime soon, especially with these budget cut backs. This is the only thing that isn't to great about SMC, other than that its GREAT!!

    What to do for fun

    Bike, jog, socialize with friends, going to the beach, attend study groups, and participate in school clubs!

    Food and Dining

    The school has two different coffee shops, a pastry shop, and two different food stations and if that doesn't suit you're need you can always walk across or down the street to other open restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    no experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Santa Monica is an academically competitive school and has one of the highest transfer rates in California. But if you put in hard work and dedicate yourself to something you love and are passionate about, this school will be an amazing experience for you to grow and develop yourself as a student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply in time for the semester you want so that you are able to sign up for classes; space is limited!!!!

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica has a great variety of classes to chose from, but sadly due to capacity, they have limited space. The school is in a nice safe location only a couple miles away from the beach! Beautiful campus, well designed and put together, and the classes are very easy to find!

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It probably ranks the same as any other school. Since it's in Santa Monica, it's probably a bit safer.

    Clubs and Activities

    Haven't participated in any.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students wanting to take online classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Since I only take classes online, I'm not familiar with any unusual traditions or locations on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    California community colleges are cheap. A 3 credit class will run you a little less than $120. That's a steal compared to what I'm use to in other states.

    What to do for fun

    From what I've read, SMC has a variety of sports and extra curriculars to choose from.

    Food and Dining

    I've never eaten hear. I only take online classes. But having walked through the campus before, it looks like they have a good selection of options.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus so I can't comment on the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I've only been taking online classes and have only taken a few, so it's hard for me to judge how difficult the classes are. It really just seems to vary by the type of classes you're taking and the instructor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes early! Classes tend to fill up quickly. If you can't get into your class of choice, wait until the day payment is due. Tons of classes open up because people don't pay by the deadline.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College definitely proves it is one of the top community colleges in the country. Their staff is very helpful and they have a wide variety of online classes which allow full time workers to work towards a degree. All of the instructors I've had so far have been great and encouraging.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The beach. the end.

    Food and Dining

    Its Santa Monica. The beach is a few street down. Its the endless summer.

    Dorm Life

    I cant speak on dorm life because i live close even from the school to communte.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are awesome and very helpful when and if you ask for help. Professors go above and beyond to help you understand. Office hours and tutoring hours are available for almost every subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will fit in just fine. You will strive when you ask for help or simply with a hello to everyone is comforting.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College is the number rated school for transferring to UCLA and USC. Professors and students are very communicative and friendly. Its a good school to go to educational and socially.

  • 10/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is newly remodled and clean with little crime. I've only heard of two minor crimes since I've been on campus for the past year.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life at SMC, but the clubs and SMC community makes it easy to find your group of people.

    Clubs and Activities

    SMC offers an amazing theatre arts and dance program. If you're an entertainer, the classes here are amazing.

    Great for these types of students

    SMC is great for fast pace city lovers who enjoy a diverse population and a goal oriented community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Take advantage of the college fair!

    Bang for the buck

    SMC will get you to transfer instead of sticking around community college for 5 years.

    What to do for fun

    Third street prominade is right down the street with tons of shopping and food. Aboot Kinney and Venice boardwalk is also a bike ride away. Santa Monica is fun with easy public transportation systems.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few restaurants around campus (with a great pizza place across the strees), but for great food I would head down to third street promonade.

    Dorm Life

    There is student living but not much of it because it's mostly a commuter school.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors have higher standards for SMC students, especially since most of them graduated from UCLA and they are expecting you to go onto a presitious university as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're having trouble getting classes, take abnormal courses that still transfer for IGETC, people forget about some transferable classes. Take advantage of the scholars program if you're elligible and see your conselor twice a semester at least.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica is one of the best and most diverse community colleges. The students get in, work hard, and transfer. The classes are harder than more community colleges because the competition to get out is higher.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police are all over, on bikes, foot, and patrolling on motorcycles and vehicles. You can always feel safe on campus, especially since the police station is right behind the campus; plus' their also just a call away.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can take the bus down to the pier, promenade, or even the beach between classes.

    Food and Dining

    Alot to choose from on campus, plus off campus there's a bunch of restaurants to choose from. everything is walking distance away.

    Dorm Life

    There's housing options around, such as renting an apartment close by.

    Academic Rigor

    Five stars.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College is very diverse, all levels of education are available; leaving all the students feeling equal. The campus itself is clean, and gives of the impression of a positive learning environment. The faculty are there to actually teach, and have a passion for what they do..highly noticeable.

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    57 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There is many clubs on campus. There is a club fair each year.

    Food and Dining

    There is a cafeteria on campus with different kinds of food, and there is a couple places outside campus that are walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorms. However, the school has apartments set aside near the campus for students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your enrollment dates, and keep track of your units and classes you need.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College, is one of the community colleges with a high transfer rate. Great Campus, and great environment to be in. Highly recommend this school.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    58 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    SMC is located in a relatively nice neighborhood. Though we do have incidences happen here and there, if you're smart and aware, you should be fine. I always am!

    Greek Life

    I don't believe we have one.

    Clubs and Activities

    Unfortunately I'm not involved in much of the social/extra curricular world of SMC, but I hear it's great!

    Great for these types of students

    I really do love this school. I highly recommend it to anyone that is not quite sure about which University/career is right for them. I also highly recommend it to any older students (such as myself) who are considering going back to school. It's a wonderful place for growth.

    Bang for the buck

    As an in-state student, it's not terribly pricey. The books aren't cheep, however in my experience, and most student's I've spoken with, it's not difficult to get a BOG waver, and a bit of financial help. As an out of state student, you will definitely get hit hard with fees.

    What to do for fun

    There are many amazing shows put on at our school theater, great clubs, and always something going on in the quad. We have a beautiful library and a full computer lounge. As a student, you can use the pool.

    Food and Dining

    The food in cafeteria is okay. There are a lot of options, but it isn't cheep. There are a few places to eat around campus, but nothing spectacular.

    Dorm Life

    There isn't one!!!

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are quite difficult, having professors that tech at UCLA and other prestigious Colleges as our teachers definitely makes it more difficult then your average community college. This isn't a school for those who aren't willing to do the work. You have to put in the time and effort if you want to succeed. But the great thing is, 99% of the people there, will do a lot to help you accomplish your goals. We have amazing FREE tutors for most subjects, and many other resources to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out about all of the many resources, you must do most of this on your own. Most importantly the scholars program, FAFSA, and counseling services. Work hard, ask for help, and form study groups.Get your classes early, as they fill up fast! Don't skip class, it's really important to come prepared, and attend all classes. And really, ASK FOR HELP!

    In three sentences

    I think SMC offers an amazing education considering it is a community college. Thanks to SMC, I feel more than prepared to move on to a 4 year university. SMC is a beautiful school with many resources.

  • 11/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    59 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Great selection of clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Low income, foreign, and transfer students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None.

    Bang for the buck

    Great classes for low prices.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs to join. Beach and shopping centers nearby.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria style dining as well as coffee shops and vending machines.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Great classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to take the placement test to be best placed into what you need. Get to school early for parking.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College is a great community college with great teachers and classes. Financial aid is openly available for those who are in need and it is a great financial opportunity for low income students. It is also a great transfer school with helpful counselors.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    60 of 114

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I golf and i'm taking a golf class from SMC. Watch sports go out to the beach, hike, movies, play basketball, go to Hollywood and hang out with friends and family members.

    Food and Dining

    campus food good and lot to chose from and healthy food too. SMC has a lot vending machines and off campus cross the college surround by fast food, restaurants, mini markets and grocery stores

    Dorm Life

    No dorm but i wish they had dorms and think it would help more people so they could go to school because not many people can afford college and work at the same time pay for rent. Dorms you live for free they after you get your Degree you pay them back for school loans and board.

    Academic Rigor

    Going to this school it all ready feel like your going to a 4 year college here. its very tough school it not like any normal city college their a lot of steps to just get to English 1 and other course. the Academics are very good lot of choices to pick from what you want to take. The professors very good to and most teach a UCLA to and other colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    SMC has great learning disabilities center and that's why I'm going there because of my learning disabilities. Its the #1 city college for transfer to a 4 year university. so many options to get help and learn. theirs math labs, English labs, science labs and many other ones

    In three sentences

    Its a great school and its good location where i live. you get a lot of help from teachers and tutors. theirs programs to help you study better and technology.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    61 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security constantly patrols the school, and I'm grateful for that! Although, there has been quite a few frightening occurrences. Even if the school seems warm and friendly, always be cautious.

    Clubs and Activities

    My favorite part of being at SMC is the chemistry club. There are also many other clubs you can join. They range from cultural-related, sports-related, career-related, and so on.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're a chemistry major, you will definitely enjoy their program here. Compared to what I hear my friends do in lab at schools like UCLA, SMC has cooler lab sessions! It is also rare for junior colleges to have this, but SMC offers an organic chemistry series that is transferable to several four year universities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Cultural clubs occasionally come out to the quad and serve free cultural food. It's very nice of them to do so!

    Bang for the buck

    SMC is definitely not one of the cheapest junior colleges nor is it a rich school, but the tuition price is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activities to do on campus. Most of them require you join a club. Chemistry club--only the coolest club ever--has the most fun. We play not only help educate the community about chemistry and try to inspire others, but we play team games and do crazy experiments as well!

    Food and Dining

    I have nothing to complain about their food. They offer all sorts of food on campus. There is also a pizza place and Subway situated conveniently across the campus.

    Dorm Life

    SMC doesn't offer dormitories. The cost of living in the city is also pricey for a poor student like me!

    Academic Rigor

    Just because a school is a junior college does not mean you should underestimate it! Keep up with the lectures and know your stuff!

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the Welcome Center and talk to the staff members there. They are extremely friendly and will help you in getting started at the school!

    In three sentences

    SMC has not only one of the most beautiful campuses I've ever seen, but has some of the friendliest staff members I've ever met. If SMC was a four year university offering a bachelor's degree, I would not mind graduating from here. I'm proud to be a student here!

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Police is always on site

    Food and Dining

    Very health conscious and environment friendly.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    63 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Do all your admissions and work on time!

    In three sentences

    Very racially and religiously diverse.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Going to the beach.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica is a beautiful place, I just went their and the campus looks beautiful. Its not too expensive. Seems like a good place.

  • 12/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    so far i have felt very safe while at SMC. Campus security is always on its game.

    Clubs and Activities

    wide range.

    Great for these types of students

    All kinds.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    #1 transfer college in CA! if youre still unsure about what you want to do, SMC gives you the luxury to get your general out of the way while figuring out which career path you want to take along the way.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to nearby UC schools the under $50 a unit really is a great deal. Couple hundred per semester depending on grants and such.

    What to do for fun

    go to the beach, the pier, the promenade, venice beach... there are so many local activities along with nearby things to do like the LACMA, the MOCA, the Getty, the griffith observatory, LA zoo, hollywood and much more.

    Food and Dining

    Wide variety right outside SMC. Everything close by and lots of mom and pop shops walking distance to relax at during lunch or after class.

    Dorm Life

    Plenty of housing near or close to campus with free bus system. All near the beach, the promenade and restaurants!

    Academic Rigor

    So far the difficulty and work load vary greatly depending on each class and professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register on your registration date! classes get booked really fast. TALK TO A COUNCILOR! they make it a thousand times easier and explain things super clear. Lastly, show up to class! half of your grade for your classes will be participation and attendance so don't sleep in, or if you tend to be a night owl like me register on time and get later classes.

    In three sentences

    Located Conveniently Straightforward grading approach Well kept and clean

  • 12/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is quite safe. There are rarely any incidents on campus, and those are usually quickly reported to the student body. We have our own campus police who are based just across the street from the Main Campus.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are quite a few clubs on campus, from Honors Societies such as Phi Theta Kappa, to UNICEF, to the Gay-Straight Alliance, and even history and psychology clubs. If any of your interests are not represented on club, you can start your own (with permission, of course).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have an organic learning garden for those interested in growing their own food.

    Bang for the buck

    This is one of the less costly places to get your education, and many students transfer to great universities from here.

    What to do for fun

    SMC has activity hour from 11:15 to 12:35 every Tuesday and Thursday, in which clubs meet and during which special events are held on the quad, such as Club Row, in which you can check some of said clubs out, and the College Fair, in which prospective students can acquire more info from college reps from institutions like UC Berkeley and USC.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is a bit expensive, but offers much better fare than other campuses, from what I've heard. From eggs and bagels to burritos and pizza, you should be able to find something to tide you over. Eating every meal there could be quite pricey though. And if you are unsatisified with the food there, you can just look at the places around campus, such as Burger King, Subway, a mexican food place, and Boba thai tea place.

    Dorm Life

    None.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be truly painful, especially for those with intense majors, like bio. However, every class is just a matter of wise time management, and knowing your own study habits and success with those habits well enough to adjust them to whatever class you have to deal with.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register ASAP, even if you are unsure of whether or not you will be attending SMC, so that you can get a better registration date. Better yet, if you can, join the Scholars Program for a priority registration date. Classes fill up quickly. There are plenty of friendly people around, but joining a club which shares your interest makes things easier.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College is an excellent place to go to school. There are some wonderful, truly passionate teachers there, and quite a diversity of students. The campus is located in the heart of Santa Monica, and there is no shortage of fun activities to do around here.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not so safe at night if you are taking night classes.

    What to do for fun

    A lot of student clubs on campus. Otherwise, the beach is a good choice.

    Food and Dining

    I try to avoid dining here personally. But since it aren't a lot choices around the campus, school cafeteria is still a popular option. Two Starbucks on campus for coffee lovers to boost energy.

    Dorm Life

    No dorm available on campus. Rent around campus ranges from 500-1200 for a bedroom.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on who's your professor. Some professor do cares about students, but some just reads from the book. Also, depends on your study styles.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan early if you would like to transfer. SMC offers most classes you will need to transfer to a four year university. Nice campus environment, just a couple blocks to the beach. Great weather, enjoy!

    In three sentences

    SMC offers some useful preparation classes for students would like to transfer to 4 year university. Getting classes are hard sometimes because of the budget cut. Counselors are not so helpful.

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Beach!

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty crappy and unhealthy in my opinion, but I'm a health nut.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at this school.

    Academic Rigor

    Like most community colleges, many students come here because they were unsuccessful in high school. Don't let this discourage you- you are her to work hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    The Cayton lab has FREE printing. Don't pay at the library to print! Use your resources- the library has rooms you can reserve for study groups.

    In three sentences

    Professors are great! SMC has a beautiful campus, close to the beach. Most green campus in socal!

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus feels very safe at all times. It's nice to see the campus police doing their job.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs on campus that you can join and they have a club fair where you can learn about them.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for students who want to get their general education done in order to transfer to a university.

    What to do for fun

    Santa Monica beach, Santa Monica Pier, and the 3rd street promenade are just a short distance away. They are good places to spend your free time with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    There are small restaurants and fast food nearby that you can go to when you have a break between classes. It's good to have when you have extra time.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home still.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the professor. Some professors have a much more difficult course than others might. Go on websites that rate professors before you enroll in a class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go see a counselor before you enroll in classes so that you don't waste your time on unnecessary classes. Don't wait until the last minute for anything because it'll make things much harder on yourself.

    In three sentences

    A good school with helpful staff. Challenging classes that help you excel. Hard to get all the classes you want each semester.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There is a cafeteria. It's convenient and quick. It's great for grabbing a quick bit between classes.

    Dorm Life

    I can't say much. I honestly don't even know if there is a dorm option.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a community college. The classes are challenging enough to stimulate you but not tough to overwork you. It's a good balance I'd say.

  • 02/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is full of cops everywhere.

    Greek Life

    It's a very good environment.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs from whatever you want to choose and it's easy to join them.

    Great for these types of students

    If you love to join clubs, Santa Monica offs a lot of different clubs to keep you distracted.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I recently have been going to e library often. I go and do my homework or study. It is very relaxing and quiet.

    Bang for the buck

    Santa Monica offers 46 dollars a unit which is great if you want Togo on the cheaper side.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities in Santa Monica. You can join clubs and sports to keep you busy.

    Food and Dining

    Santa Monica has a clean cafeteria where you can buy food and eat. You can just go for a coffee and read a book.

    Dorm Life

    Santa Monica doesn't have dorms but you can live close to it with roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Santa Monica is a very good school. Professors teach you in method where you understand everything.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always study no matter what and pay attention in class. Studying will do you very good in class.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica is a great school with a variety of classes to choose from. Students from all over the world attend Santa Monica. Everyone is very friendly.

  • 02/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety at Santa Monica is by far one of the best I've seen in any college. Respect is truly valued here.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs on and off campus, but the main activity to do for fun at Santa Monica is relax at the beach. Since the beach is so close it's pretty hard to say no to an invitation.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, but, to be honest, it is hard to find time to eat with all the running around you'll have to do. On the bright side, there are many convenient stores and fast-food places around each campus, for those of you who will be trying to save your money.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on campus, since it is a community college, but there are beautiful apartments pretty close to the campus(es). I have to say, they are pretty pricey, though.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are very challenging, but worth every tear and struggle. The course levels are pretty high, similar to four- year institutions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to sign up for classes early, they crowd up pretty quickly, but no worries, you can always crash a course. Also, build relationships with your classmates and professors as soon as possible; trust me when I tell you YOU WILL NEED ALL THE HELP YOU CAN GET!!!

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica is one of the best community colleges in the state, #1 in transfer rate. The professors are great and the student population is so diverse. The campus is beautiful, even during the winter.

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Dorm Life

    there isn't one

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes as soon as you can, or as soon as it's your date to sign up because it's hard to get into all the classes you want. Plan which classes you're going to take in advance.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Very nice campus. Good teachers. Great location.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is really close! Dowtown Santa Monica, Venice, and dowtown LA is nearby as well. Grab a friend and begin exploring!

    Food and Dining

    There any many restaurants around the school. You just got to look for them and see what you want. The school kitchen is pretty standard in terms of what you can buy.

    Dorm Life

    I can't really comment, but the location here in Southern California can't get any better!

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the Nursing program and so far, my classes have been somewhat challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Whatever transcripts, financial aid or others issues you need to address with Admissions and records, I recommend getting it fixed early before you start school here. Admissions is heavily understaffed and you will have headaches if you try to fix a problem by the time school starts.

    In three sentences

    The library is a good place to study. The student population is diverse as well. Make sure to plan ahead with parking. as it is becoming more and more difficult to find parking!

  • 02/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Since the beach is only a mile away, you can go to the Santa Monica pier and 3rd street Promande for shopping. Venice Beach is 3 miles away and the broad walk is very intertaining and will see various of things that the people there do. A very awesome experience.

    Food and Dining

    I would say that Tender Greens, Wolf Gang Polk, and Bucca De Bepu are three great restaurants at the promenade. There are also several restaurants near the beach that are very good and also the dining at the pier is really good as well.

    Dorm Life

    Housing is an unforgettable experience, you get to meet people from all over the world. You get to learn about different cultures and experience how it is living on your own. You become a more independent and responsible person.

    Academic Rigor

    Aim for the best and be responsible when it comes to getting school work done. Don't procrastinate and find a way to motivate yourself so that you can keep on going. Classes are challenging but its on you to make an effort and get good grades, try to stay on task and apply for internships regarding your major. Speak to your counselor at least twice a semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay active in a way where you can join many clubs and associations as possible, for example the Scholars Program and the Alpa Gamma Sigma. These programs will help you so much when you try to transfer to a university, such as UC's or USC.

    In three sentences

    I could honestly say that Ive learned so much in the time Ive been attending SMC. With all sincerity I have learned, achieved, became a better student once I attended Santa Monica College. Its an outstanding community College, if students weren't doing so great in High School I really recommend Santa Monica for a better education and hope for a new outlook.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I haven't had any problems, but there have been a few cases of theft. Be smart and hide your laptops and expensive Apple Products. Also, look both ways before crossing the street. This is located in Los Angeles after all.

    Great for these types of students

    Students wanting to transfer to a four year university, or any other college.

    Bang for the buck

    Financial Aid is offered, so that's great. However, it gets very competitive when signing up for classes. If you want a priority date, then I suggest joining clubs or athletics. First year students usually get to sign up first.

    What to do for fun

    Santa Monica College is very close to the beach and Santa Monica Pier! Take the big blue bus all the way down heading west on Pico, (or drive) and you're there! The Promenade is also close by if you're bored.

    Food and Dining

    The main campus now has food trucks across the street. There is also a Subway, Burger King, and Pizzaria across as well. The cafeteria food is ok, but slightly expensive. At the AET campus (for entertainment design) there are food trucks along the side of the campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms here.

    Academic Rigor

    There are different types of professors here, some using an old school method of power points and text work, others bringing new ideas to help you successfully complete a course. The professor's I've had are always enthusiastic with what they teach.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's ok if you're still undecided about a major; with many different types of courses in all subjects, it will certainly inspire you to visualize your future. A HUGE tip would be to NOT PROCRASTINATE. Yes, homework is spaced but it will pile up eventually. Don't drive? The Big Blue bus and shuttles run conveniently to all campuses. Woa to traffic!

    In three sentences

    This community college is great for students wanting to transfer to a four year university, getting an Associates Degree, earning college credit, or even brushing up your skills in different areas! Their art program is great, and different departments are growing. Many Professors here are UCLA alumni and professors, so you are in good hands. It's a very diverse environment.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is of no concern to the student because there are several securities in all the campuses and they are there to serve for the students protection.

    What to do for fun

    The question should actually be, What ISNT for fun? because everywhere you go is fun. You have the beach less than a mile away, you have the mall, many parks, etc.. People will love it.

    Food and Dining

    You have every restaurant you can think of in your surroundings. If you're in the mood for some Indian food or Mexican food or Italian, American, anything; is everywhere.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus, but I've heard that the dorms people get are beautiful. It isn't far from the campus. It's walking distance!

    Academic Rigor

    Instructors are very strict when it comes to grades. It is not like high school at all. You are literally on your own. But although they may seem very mean at first, they try and show you how important having an education is.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would have to say that SMC is just amazing. Any student that goes there will fall in instant love with the environment. Everything around is so convenient. You get to ride the bus for free to take you to classes, everyone is so nice and cool, the beach is not that far away, the mall is just amazing, and I just know that students will love SMC.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College is a very social college. The teachers really prove they're passion for education. Everyone is very social.

  • 04/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is an open campus in a big city which can be overwhelming but the campus is not that big and there is always a campus police officer making rounds, there have been some incidents but those tend to happen at night, I would recommend scheduling classes just during the day if possible.

    Greek Life

    don't have that

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an assigned activity hour twice a week for clubs to meet, there is a lot of clubs out there and it is really easy to start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    smc is perfect for someone who is looking to save money, looking to transfer to a 4 year, for someone looking just for a vocational degree, and there is a lot of international students who take advantage of smc

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Very Environmentally conscious

    Bang for the buck

    Amazing price, however housing is expensive, since there are no dorms students are forced to either stay with their parents or find a place, apartments around the area are ridiculously expensive, it is also really hard to find a roommate.

    What to do for fun

    beach is a few block away, third street promenade is even closer. It is definitely at a great location, however there is rarely a chance to enjoy those great things because of the lack of social life.

    Food and Dining

    There is not a lot of options and it is quite expensive, however the options that they do have taste great.

    Dorm Life

    No dorm life,

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends, there are classes that are shockingly easy and some that are shockingly hard, it all depends on the professor. For being a community college they have amazing classes, especially classes from the scholars program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely join a program that gives priority enrollment because classes get full really soon, there are many amazing professors as well as a few bad ones, using rate my professor and grade distribution will ease the enrolling process every semester.

    In three sentences

    Great for saving money, honestly the best decision I have made, they have a lot of transfer agreements which really makes the whole process less nerve racking.

  • 05/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It is a wonderful place for very passionate and ambitious students, and also those just starting their serious academic career and want and easy and laid back start.

    Bang for the buck

    AMAZING Bang for your buck!

    What to do for fun

    ENJOY THE SUNSHINE (usually)

    Food and Dining

    Good selection in the caf. Not the largest, but you won't get tried very fast.

    Dorm Life

    Non-existent.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the classes you are taking and the track you are pursuing. If you are on the Pre-Med track, classes will be challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get lost in the crowd. Make new friends and start hanging out and eating with them in addition to studying. Ambitious and determined friends = Better grades.

    In three sentences

    Great for all types of students. It is a wonderful place for very passionate and ambitious students, but also gives a great college atmosphere where clubs fairs occur and there is plenty of social opportunities and ways to make new friends. Its a very friendly place!

  • 05/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe, especially at night. There is a police station across the street if anyone is in danger.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs at SMC.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who feel as if they aren't ready to attend a University should come here to prepare themselves. Also, SMC is ideal for anyone who is struggling financially.

    Bang for the buck

    Costs and tuition here are great. Only $26 per unit whereas at a University, it would costs hundreds per unit.

    What to do for fun

    Santa Monica College has clubs that anyone can join, which are entertaining and look great on transcripts.

    Food and Dining

    There is one cafeteria on campus that majority of students go to. There's a small market there, cafes, pizza, etc.

    Dorm Life

    There aren't any dorms at Santa Monica College; however, there are apartments across the street and nearby.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes here are fairly easy when students pay attention and are on task. Some professors give homework assignments while others base grades off of midterms and finals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to take Math and English courses first. Registering for classes can be very tough depending on when registration date is. Make sure to read reviews on professors before deciding to enroll in their classes. Professor reviews are quite accurate.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College prepares students for transferring to four year universities. Taking general education classes here saves thousands of dollars. The staff here is very helpful.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, they have night escorts for both males and females.

    Greek Life

    I don't know about this sorry.

    Clubs and Activities

    Amazing clubs, I was part of the film club for 4 months and I loved it!.

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious, over achievers, intellectuals and fun and chill.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    94% of the students here are extremely smart and career driven, you'll make good contacts.

    Bang for the buck

    They have a great language lab, learn another language!!

    What to do for fun

    Attend conferences, join a club or organisation. it is a great way to meet new people and to network.

    Food and Dining

    They have good food, but not enough vegan options.

    Dorm Life

    There's no dorm life, but they provide you with a website that helps you find roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Very good classes, some are so good they are really hard but totally worth it. Only 2% of the professors don't know what they're doing

    Tips for prospective students

    See a counselor at least once a semester.

    In three sentences

    High quality classes at an affordable cost. I would consider 98% percent of the professors to be excellent!. Very helpful orientation staff that will help you reach your educational goals.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police is directly to the back of Santa Monica College and it is a pretty safe place to be for the most part.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs and they help out with college applications because they are usually intended for specific majors, minorities or great causes.

    Great for these types of students

    For hispanic or african american students, the aldante or black collegians club is a great route to help guide you through college and possibly transfers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Most people hang out at the cayton lab where you get free $15 printing each semester.

    Bang for the buck

    Santa Monicca College is full of people of all ages who are taking classes for fun or trying to gain insight, or simply trying to transfer into a university. It has the highest transfer rate and the professors and students alike help encourage this.

    What to do for fun

    The beach isn't too far. Santa Monica pier is down the street. Dance shows at the Eli & Edyth Broad Stage are twice a semester.

    Food and Dining

    There aren't too many places to eat at Santa Monica College, but the places that they have are okay. The cafeteria has great food, a little too overpriced for me, though.

    Academic Rigor

    All courses are worth studying for. You learn something new from any major you're in and the professors know a lot and have a passion for what they teach.

    Tips for prospective students

    Form study groups or be completely committed. The professors are really informative and great at what they do. They care about the students learning rather than a simple easy A.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica is one of the most diverse places to learn. This kind of environment gives you a general array of competition among all races rather than just a selected few. You are able to advance yourself at a higher level.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very, very safe. Avoid too late classes though, even the safest places seem sketchy in pitch dark. The area around the campus on Pico can be dangerous if you're alone late at night. As long as you're not asking for trouble, it is perfectly safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    You need to look for clubs online by yourself. They are rarely promoted, but I promise we have tons of clubs/events/activities, you just have to search for them. Don't wait for your second or third semester to take part. If you participate in the first semester, you can run for boards/commitees in the second. That would look fantastic on transcripts. PS. Avoid taking classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11:15-12:30... That's when most if not all clubs meet, so if you have class then you won't be able to join.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Parking, I hear, is horrendous. Asian people (not the Asian Americans, the international ones) hang out in cliques and don't speak English unless you force a conversation in English. They're nice people, just not great at blending into a wonderfully diverse community.

    What to do for fun

    Just a heads up - 'fun' will probably be limited to the west side of LA if you don't have a car. Not too much of a problem though, the school offers a sticker that lets you ride the Big Blue Bus (Santa Monica bus system) for free, so getting around SM is a breeze, most of the time that is. For fun - 3rd street, SM Pier, beaches, Venice, Westwood, lots and lots of shopping, movies, etc. Hollywood is not too far either, usually a bus ride away I would say. You'll love it, SM is an amazing place to be :)

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is pretty good. Not too much, but if you're hungry I guarantee you'll find something for your taste. Some vegan/veggie options. Starbucks is served in the cafeteria and in a small coffee stall on the other side of campus. Around the school - not much, just fast food. It is a short bus ride to 3rd street so if you've got time in between classes or during lunch, definitely go there as you'll have a million food options to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    It's commuter college, so if you want a dorm-ish experience, find students to stay with. Try Craigslist, or the school website has some resources.

    Academic Rigor

    Not difficult, if you take the right classes with the right professors. Look them up at ratemyprofessors.com before enrolling. Get your English and Math done earlier, and also get your IGETC requirement plan organized as soon as you get here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start taking opportunities in your first semester. Get involved on campus, join clubs, and be social. In LA, who you know and how likable you are among peers definitely counts. Be friendly, use campus resources, be active and you'll stand out.

    In three sentences

    It's great and has a lot to offer (for a community college) if you make an effort. You will not be spoonfed in this college like you perhaps would be at a four-year university. You need to go out of your way and work hard to be a successful student.

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are pods in every corner of the campus and security at all times. We do get some random strays from time to time, but it's usually people coming from the beach or kids from the neighboring Junior High.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and activities to join. Sports, music, performing arts, education, health, student. Too many titles. They are advertised around the school year round so you will definitely be able to figure out which one will be best for you.

    Bang for the buck

    I took a theater class there and there performing arts center is worthwhile. The students and teachers are awesome. Entertainment and art are at its finest here at SMC.

    What to do for fun

    Join a team or hang out on our strip. There are tons of different groups of people ready to welcome you. You're bound to meet some friends here whether it be in class our out. Essentially you will always end up a the beach! It is walking distance along with the pier.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is very diverse. Lots of different tea and coffee spots for late at night or early in the morning. Also, great breakfast buffets and lunch specials. All of the cooks and clerks are also very upbeat.

    Dorm Life

    Unfortunately, there aren't dorms. The campus is located in Santa Monica, which is essentially Los Angeles. When you live in Los Angeles everything is 20 minutes away from each other. Commuting is a breeze.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is challenging but worthwhile. It prepares you for the future courses. Do not take too many challenging courses together either. split some electives up with the more rigorous courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even if you are only taking one class right now, just keep going. As long as you stay focused and have a goal all things are possible.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus so close to the water. I love the variety of classes. I especially love the time and effort the counselors take with you.

  • 05/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The SMC police is all around. Moreover, Santa Monica is quite and nice area so there is nothing to worry about.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs plus every week something is happening in campus.

    Great for these types of students

    SMC is good for students in Business Major and Economics.SMC students easily transfer to UCLA.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Halloween Club Row is really fun. Everyone is dress up and there are a lot of fun.

    Bang for the buck

    It is cheap and nice school.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out at the main campus around noon. Every day something is happening

    Food and Dining

    In the cafeteria there are only one good place to eat. Moreover, the food is way to expensive.

    Dorm Life

    We do not have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Math department is tough on grading.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live close to school so you do not have to drive. It is hard with parking.

    In three sentences

    It is great school. It provides what we need and there are a lot of fun things going on. Great club community.

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is one of the things that caught my attention. This school has its own police station, just a few feet away from campus. Its amazing how secure you feel at that school, knowing officers are just feet away.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I mentioned above, the Latino Club is great! The people there are extremely nice; they make you feel welcomed. And they are there to help you at all times.

    Great for these types of students

    Santa Monica college is great for anybody! When I went I saw many different people from different ethnics and races. Its an amazing place to get to know new people, and feel like you fit it no matter what race you are.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the best location there is, is the Latino Club. People there are amazing and very helpful.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are just as pricey as any other community college. But from what reviews online assume; Santa Monica seems to be the best community college in California. So it is definitely worth it!

    What to do for fun

    At Santa Monica there are many things to do for fun. There are many clubs you could join and become a member of. There's also the Santa Monica beach, just a few blocks away from campus.

    Food and Dining

    I have not tried the food at Santa Monica, but I can't wait to try it!

    Dorm Life

    I will be currently living with my parents while attending Santa Monica College, but from what friends have told me, is that they love living close to campus because Santa Monica is a very peaceful city.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't taken any classes at this college yet, but from the reviews I have read online and from what people have told me is that it is an amazing school with great and helpful teachers. Of course it will be challenging, but that's just like any other college .

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend for these students to be aware that classes get full quickly and it would be better if they apply and get an early enrollment.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica seems to be a great school. I have heard great comments about the classes as well as the teachers. I've also heard that their clubs are great and very helpful.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Amazing safety. I always feel safe here. The parking garage is always full of friendly policemen monitoring for the students' safety.

    Greek Life

    No Greek life here!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all types of clubs from fitness club to business club. Also, there are tons of opportunities to start your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is incredibly diverse with tons of foreign students, people of all ages and ethnicities.

    Bang for the buck

    Everyone on campus is great to work with. There are tons of work opportunities for students also.

    What to do for fun

    At SMC you will meet tons of friends and there are many clubs you can join. Also, SMC is located right near the ocean!

    Food and Dining

    SMC offers several great food services. There are multiple coffee shops and one large dining hall with all types of delicious, fresh food. Surrounding the college there are also great places to eat with discounts for students,

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms, but lots of housing in the surrounding neighborhoods.

    Academic Rigor

    This college is what you make it. In order to succeed you must work hard, just because it is a community college doesn't mean it is easy. As a student you are held to high expectations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes immediately, don't wait. Plan out the course you plan on attending beforehand!

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College had been a great school. Everyone has been very helpful, teachers have been great, the campus is beautiful. I recommend SMC for everyone that needs to fulfill per-requisites before transferring to another college.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There have been some issues in the past with bike and personal item theft, and it is widely held that you do not leave anything unattended for long. There are always police available as their station is right across the street. Leave campus on the Ocean Park side if it's getting dark out.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everyone, and if there isn't, you can get some friends together and make one.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're low on money, live in the area, or are coming back to school after an extended absence, this is the best idea and will provide you with a quality education that won't break the bank.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a composting bin out behind the cafeteria where the school has earthworms recycle the many different biodegradable materials that go through the school, I was able to touch them once in elementary school.

    Bang for the buck

    This is probably the best way to get a degree, forget about what other people say about it being just a community college. You'll get the same degree people get just about anywhere else, and with much less financial debt. Most residential students will qualify for the many grants and scholarship programs they offer and while books may be expensive, there is always a way around it.

    What to do for fun

    The school itself has dozens of clubs and activities for students, and even many classes that appeal to hobbyists and students alike. Being a five minute bus ride from the beach and ten minutes from the 3rd Street Promenade, there is always something to do nearby.

    Food and Dining

    On campus the food is okay, but rather expensive. I suggest you go across the street to the Subway or down to Ocean Park to find less expensive food.

    Dorm Life

    There is no on campus housing, but if you're an international student or display the need, there are lots of helpful resources they have for finding affordable housing, and many people in the area rent space for students.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a community college but not a joke, they definitely expect you to be students in the process of learning not just there for the units.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy your books off campus, but only online if you order at least a week in advanced, and always check out your professor online. If they talk about there being too much work then you've got a professor you're really going to learn from.

    In three sentences

    The environment is absolutely wonderful and relaxing for both international and residential students allowing you to feel like doing your best. Parking is a little difficult around the school but they provide bus passes to students who are currently enrolled, effectively removing the need for a car if you live within 10 miles of the school (and sometimes more). All in all, if you do your work, SMC will work on you.

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are always police on campus and across the street is the police stations! i always felt safe here. they also have these poles with emergency buttons if anything happens

    Greek Life

    no greek Life other than Phi Beta Kapa

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    For students who want to learn and transfer!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tuesday from 11-12 is activity hour and clubs host many events in the quad, from music to free food !!!

    Bang for the buck

    Its a great campus!

    What to do for fun

    So many clubs on campus!

    Food and Dining

    The Cafeteria food is actually not bad! A bit pricy but if you have your student ID you get a discount! : )

    Dorm Life

    No dorm life

    Academic Rigor

    Lots of teachers that teach here also teach at USC, UCLA and Pepperdine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Park off campus and take the buss for free. Parking on the main campus is a nightmare for the first month of classes. Try to get your classes as early as possible since the budget cut there are not many classes. Good luck!

    In three sentences

    this is a Beautiful campus. the great teachers are great. awesome learning experience.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    90 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Now the school is safe loads of bicycle officers.

    Greek Life

    Ha. This is a community college.

    Clubs and Activities

    what clubs?

    Great for these types of students

    Non smokers, smokers, people who don't have good gpa, non-alcoholics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The wall of smoke around the campus, because it is a non smoking campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheap schooling, no loans just get a job and you can pay for it.

    What to do for fun

    Theres a swimming pool and a soccer field, and theres plenty to do, so much that it slips my mind.

    Food and Dining

    Chinese food in the cafeteria, 'nuff said.

    Dorm Life

    What dorm life? There are no dorms, I still live with my dad.

    Academic Rigor

    You'll be doing homework, but not that much it takes about 30 minutes to do most homeworks.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about anything the school isn't that hard, and the only requirements are that you are 18 and not dead.

    In three sentences

    It is a great campus for a community college. The math lab doesn't smell that bad. They sell chinese food at the cafeteria.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There's the police campus very close-by and makes me feel safe.

    Great for these types of students

    Willing to transfer and studious. Have a passion for learning!

    Bang for the buck

    Sell your books online. I use is postyourbook.com. If you sell your book or books at the SMC student store, you will be paid back less than the amount you paid for when you bought the book. Of course it only works if you bought the book from the SMC student store. SMC is far cheaper than the universities and the classes are very much the same. The professors and counselors are willing to help and stay overtime.

    What to do for fun

    Spend quality time with family and friends. Relax a little. It's tough as it is studying or working on class projects.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe is really good, especially on the pastries, since I favor them more. The lunch specials are alright sometimes but the breakfast is pretty good. There's also subway and a pizza place across the SMC campus (on 18th Street).

    Dorm Life

    We don't have a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Try to add the classes you need with the best teachers there. It's pretty tough adding a classes with the best teachers since there are other students doing the same. Either sign up for the wait list or (walk-in) crash the course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Manage your time in studying for school and life outside of school. If you wish to transfer quickly, approximately one or two years depending on your major or how well you score in the assessment tests, don't take classes that are not required for your major. UNLESS there are no more classes available for your major. There are also internships available and once in awhile SMC has an internship fair.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school for transfers. Knowing that there are many professors passionate about their topic makes it far more interesting than a professor who finds it dull. Everyone is willing to help and get you on the right track.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Very affordable

    What to do for fun

    It is very close to the beach!

    Food and Dining

    Pretty decent food and it also has some restaurants nearby

    Dorm Life

    It doesnt have any on campus housing but there are a lot of apartments around, it can get a little pricey though

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are very fair and will challenge you

    Tips for prospective students

    Get the class shedule early as it becomes full fast

  • 08/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    There are cafeterias that have an array of options of things to eat. If you're looking for a full meal or just a snack, there's always options. However, its Santa Monica! This place is swarming with places to eat all over the city and the places explore an array of different cultures, so if you like to eat at the same place until you are completely jaded or if you like to try something new everyday, the possibilities are endless. One of the best places is food truck alley on Ocean Park and 34th. This place literally has a food truck with cuisine from every country on earth! And the best thing about SMC and food is if you don't have a car to get around, once you are an SMC student, your student id becomes your bus pass to ride all the big blue buses in the city for free! so you never have to worry about nothing being around to eat.

    Dorm Life

    SMC really doesn't have dorms. However, they can be active in helping you find off campus housing which works out really well for international and out-of-state students new to the area.

    Academic Rigor

    SMC is without a doubt rigorous and I've heard many of people who attested to it being just as hard or even harder than a 4 year that they attend now.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont go into it with a set plan because it is okay to be an 18 year old or any age with no idea of what to do with life. Once you've taken some GE courses, a idea of where you want your career and life to go will start to formulate and once you have that idea there is literally no one to stop you from wanting to complete the actions to make that idea a reality.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College is the perfect transition between right out of high school and 4 year university. You develop the skills to help you succeed that high school might not have provided but still are treated like a college student. Never worry about being in a closed world because the diversity in culture, age, and experience add to great experience that you might not appreciate at first but when you graduate from a four year, you will definitely be able to recognize the benefits Santa Monica College provided.

  • 08/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Clubs for almost everything. Surfing, Swimming, and any other beach/ocean related activity you can think of. Campus Events, there is always something posted on the bulletin board.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't really tried much in the recently remolded cafeteria, the prices aren't outrageous though I think they could be a little lower, and the food is o.k. if you don't cook or have time to go off campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at SMC.

    Academic Rigor

    Out of the courses I have taken so far the quality of the curriculum is exemplary.

    Tips for prospective students

    Figure out multiple transportation back-up plans in the event that there is no parking. Which is very common on the main campus. Use RateMyProfessor.com, it is a valuable resource in ensuring that you get the most of your courses. A course is only as good as the professor teaching it. A word of caution: Be objective when using ratemyprofessor if the review is in all text abbreviations, misspelled words, and poor grammar chances are the student doesn't put much effort in their school work to begin with and is just whining. Enroll in the courses you want for the next semester as soon as you can. Courses fill up in the blink of an eye, as do the wait pools for each class.

    In three sentences

    There are three main points in favor of SMC: teachers, transfer agreements, and the variety of courses. Most of the teachers at SMC also teach at UCLA, so the quality of courses is on par with major universities, some of which SMC has TAP agreements with. Overall, SMC offers university quality education, with enough variety in course offerings to fulfill any lower division requirements of a Bachelors degree, at a fraction of the cost.

  • 09/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    95 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    so far so good

    Great for these types of students

    anybody who wants to study

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Please do not smoke, usually not enforced

    Bang for the buck

    Great school

    What to do for fun

    Study

    Food and Dining

    Too expensive

    Academic Rigor

    Teacher enforce honesty

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus and speak to a counselor, do your own research.

    In three sentences

    Great and fun place to be at. Attend Santa Monica College if you want to transfer Great teacher makes the difference

  • 10/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    96 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    A lot of security to help you feel safe, no real problems occur often.

    What to do for fun

    Many clubs to join, activities, and every two weeks or so there are little events at the quad area

    Food and Dining

    Many kinds of foods to chose and if you don't want to eat on campus there are many other little restaurants near the school.

    Dorm Life

    I have nothing to say for dorm life since I live in Los Angeles

    Academic Rigor

    Great professors, I have yet to have a boring class. Some classes may be challenging but professors will do what they can to help you pass

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy, Need help? ask! you'll be surprised to see how many people there are that are willing to help you

    In three sentences

    Great school, very active and many activities for students to attend. Very helpful counselors that can help you find a major you would like (if you plan on transfering)

  • 11/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    97 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Not the best but the police are always patrolling the campus.

    Greek Life

    NONE

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a variety of clubs and activities you can participate on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    TRANSFERS

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not many traditions have carried on at SMC.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out of state student so I believe the fees are outrageous for a community college.

    What to do for fun

    Athletic games is big on campus and events are held often. There is not much outside activity that happens at the school.

    Food and Dining

    Has one huge cafeteria, the options vary from day to day but there is not much variety.

    Dorm Life

    Do not have one. Has a website that pairs roommates together but you must find your own apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is not very intense and assignments can be completed easily. The tests can be difficult however due to not having enough review. You should be able to complete most of the classes with ease.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to deal with angry teachers and students due to the disorganization aspects on campus. If you are prospective transfer student than attend all the college fares this school has because they are very helpful. Make sure to arrive early the first 3 weeks of school because they have an awful parking system. Make sure you extend conversation with teachers because they will come in handy for writing great letters of recommendation. Make sure to always try to see a counselor if you are a prospective transfer student because they can pin point exactly what you need to transfer to what school you are interested in.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College is a credited school for students wanting to transfer to schools in the Los Angeles area. However, the school is disorganized and it can be very difficult to receive help from the counselors at the school. The class sizes are small which is helpful although classes are usually full and it is hard to get the classes that you need.

  • 12/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    98 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police are always around, the station is across the street and the school is really good about sending out mass emails, calls and alerts to all students whenever there is an emergency or just drills etc.

    What to do for fun

    3rd street promenade is where you can go to have fun street shows, shop, eat and just go have fun. Only a few blocks away makes it very convenient for students and across the street from there you have the beach and pier?! What more could you ask for? If you head the other direction the West side Pavilion is only about 10 mins away from campus which is an indoor mall that also offers a nice get away. We have Virginia Park only a block away where some students like to go and play basketball and other sports. In Santa Monica there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of food opportunities around, on campus we have a cafeteria that is fairly decent. The salad bar is actually pretty good. There is a lot of food across the street and because we have a free bus pass to any big blue bus. We have 2 very close malls near us and a whole lot of little food places in between. Its a busy city so everything is within only a few mins of a bus ride.

    Dorm Life

    It is a community college and they do not have dorms. However, there are plenty of motels and hotels around the campus. The 3rd street promenade is only a few blocks away and there is plenty of hotels, food and entertainment only a short bus ride away.

    Academic Rigor

    Santa Monica is known for having a rigorous science program. Being a science major I can personally tell you Santa Monica will offer only the best and will definitely prepare you for when you transfer to other schools. The professors know what they are doing and really care about their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in as much as you can, do not just go to campus then go to class and go home. Stay and get involved in clubs, honor societies, community service even if you want to study there are facilities where you are encouraged to study and use the resources Santa Monica offers so you can excel. Meet new people, keep in touch because college is all about making those connections not just going into a classroom and getting a grade.

    In three sentences

    Amazingly friendly campus, diverse and has many great opportunities to get involved and learn more about yourself. Instructors are the same ones you would have if you went to UCLA or other big name schools without the high tuition. Affordable quality learning in the center of a great entertaining city.

  • 12/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    99 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food sold inside the campus is not that bad, plenty of restaurants and cafes surrounding the campus

    Dorm Life

    I actually live at home with my family

    Academic Rigor

    Its all based on the instructor, some are INTENSE and some are fun and productive. Pick wisely, intense isn;t all that bad

    In three sentences

    I love SMC! Its installations are great, the parking is a little crazy but its worth it! Some professors are amazing!!!! Met my best friends here :)

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    100 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Outstanding campus safety. Campus police is on call 24/7. There are emergency phones all over the campus . Also, SMC employs cadets to patrol the campus during school hours.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs, and events!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are willing to step outside there comfort zones, and push themselves further then they thought they were capable

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    No , not that I know of...

    Bang for the buck

    I love my school! The campus is beautiful. So many amazing art events. The teachers really care about providing an outstanding education.

    What to do for fun

    Engage in conversation with people apart of clubs. The school is very close to the Santa Monica Pier, so there more things then I can mention.

    Food and Dining

    SMC cafeteria offers many choices of food from different cultures. The food is a little expensive , so I suggest bringing food from home. Also, they don't offer the healthiest food choices. I would give SMC cafeteria a two star rating because the food is way over priced and not as good as other restaurants located near the school . It would be more practical for any student to bring prepared lunch to school with them.

    Dorm Life

    There are no official dorms , but has a large college living community. A lot of great cities to live in close to school. SMC offers a great roommate finder link on the SMC website. I would give SMC a 1 star dorm rating because there aren't any dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Santa Monica college is challenging educational environment. SMC places a lot of value on academic integrity , which forces students to put the effort into their work. As the semester goes on , the classes become more challenging . The beginning of the semester prepares you for the challenge at the end of the semester. I give SMC a four star academic rigor rating because it isn't as easy as most community colleges.Attending SMC isn't like going to the 13th grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should set daily, short-term, and long-term academic goals. Prospective students should also take full advantage of the amazing opportunities available at Smc. My last piece of advice for prospective students is not to be shy to talk to people around campus. There are a lot of diverse cultures waiting to be explored.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College is an amazing and diverse educational environment. Attending SMC gives you the confidence that with a good education you can achieve your dreams. Smc will challenge you to do your very best, and increase your passion your choosen career.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are club days and other fun events on the main campus every other week during the 17 week semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on your studies and the requirements for your transfer or two year degree and you'll be fine, it can be easy to get distracted while there.

    In three sentences

    The teachers tend to be well versed in their subject and enthusiastic. The main campus is small enough to navigate quickly and easily. Though applying for classes can be a lot of trouble since they tend to fill up fast.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Can sit and hang with friends (or study) while enjoying a beautiful campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of foods.

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Many interesting classes to choose from.

    In three sentences

    The campus is pleasant (there are fountains and areas to sit and study). The diversity is excellent. Most of the staff are friendly people.

  • 01/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    103 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is very very safe here. The college is in a great neighborhood and is super close to the beach.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life here, it is a community college.

    Clubs and Activities

    This college offers a ton of clubs and activities, it offers enough where you will find whatever club/activities you want.

    Great for these types of students

    It is a great college for students who want to transfer because it is the best community college in California.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing is really unusual.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a great place for the amount of money you pay for tuition.

    What to do for fun

    This college is in L.A. so there are endless fun things to do.

    Food and Dining

    There is no food and dining this is a community college

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life, this is a community college

    Academic Rigor

    Math here is very difficult for a community college, so be sure to prepare and study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Classes fill up fast, so enroll as soon as possible

    In three sentences

    It overall is a great college.

  • 01/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    104 of 114

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Many on campus focus primarily on getting in and getting out. Although the school offers various clubs and activities not many are interested during their time there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus primarily on your journey and less on the progression of others. Make the amount of time there worth it instead of choosing nonchalant indifference.

    In three sentences

    Although the college possesses educated and well mannered teachers, it lacks the same attributes within its students. The lack of care and try that embodies a typical Santa Monica student can be emotionally draining to work with on a daily. If the teachers would challenge the students to succeed in a higher standard of learning, the school may find more people step up to the plate in their education than not.

  • 01/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    105 of 114

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Santa Monica is where alll the action is

    In three sentences

    The Best Community College in SO CAL. Period. Has awesome students and even better Proffesors.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    106 of 114

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Santa monica pier or you can shop at the third streer promenade.

    Food and Dining

    The offer a wide variety of food and its so delicious!

    Dorm Life

    Santa Monica does not provide dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    So far all of my professors have all been a big help and very understanding. Their teaching skills were excellent and I've learned alot in a matter of time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never be afraid to ask someone for help. Whether its your counselor, teacher, tutor or student don't be afraid. Because everyone is their to get an education so if you need help just ask. When applying for classes please make sure they're on one campus because Santa Monica has 3 campuses. Just have fun!

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College is one of the most diverse schools I've been to. Its so amazing being around all types of ethnicities. But besides all the ethnic backgrounds santa monica college helps you to grow and achieve your life long goals. They guide you every step of the way to make sure you become successful. Iqm so proud to say that im a student at Santa Monica College.

  • 02/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    107 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are alot of police a night to protect so its pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a few activities but consider joining a sports class.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is good is your looking forward to UC or CSU school but it work with all other school just do some research.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have not have been here long to see anything wired yet.

    Bang for the buck

    It quite expensive to go here because of the parking and transportation. So it depends where you live. But at least the bus of the big blue bus is free to ride.

    What to do for fun

    I would mostly go in the library in SMC and start reading some of the book. There not much to do on campus but if you consider going out make sure you have money or take some extra classes to make sure you are busy.

    Food and Dining

    The food in SMC is nice not the best there are some restaurant out side of SMC.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorm so you have to look for apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    I seen no problem with many of the teachers here and the staff is very nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    The parking fee is very expensive so save up a little if you have a car. Make sure you always get online on the first day the classes are available.

    In three sentences

    So far I have been here for two semester and its very good. I have not seen a problem with my classes but it hard to get classes. The campus is small but very easy to walk through classes.

  • 02/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    108 of 114

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    there are many clubs

    Food and Dining

    they have a wide selection of food from Starbucks to pizza.

    Dorm Life

    sorry but there are no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    what does this mean

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be shy, shyness gets you nowhere! ask for help if you need it, whether it is a fellow student or teacher. take acton, do you.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica college is a very compact school with almost anything you need. Everything is straight forward, and efficient. Fellow peers are easy to talk to and teachers are fun to converse with.

  • 02/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    109 of 114

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Since the last shooting in SMC, their safety guidelines have increase and have become more strict. Students are no longer allowed to enter campus once curfew has passed because most of the last classes for the day start from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. We have seen more security roaming around the school and students have the option to have security escort if they feel that it is not safe to walk by themselves around the school or to their car.

    What to do for fun

    I do more online so I don't spend much time in campus unless I take campus classes but I have heard that they have a number of activities in which students can participate and also guest. For example fairs, farmers markets, Trasnfer and scholarship fairs, clubs, etc.

    Food and Dining

    They have many options inside and outside campus. Food is great and best of all the have Starbucks stands for the students and teachers

    Dorm Life

    No dorm life available in SMC

    Academic Rigor

    SMC rigor is used to help students understand the knowledge and concepts that are difficult to understand. I've also seen how it helps us as students acquire skills that can be applied to any education that we take during our learning years.

    Tips for prospective students

    I've done a lot of the online classes because I feel that I learn the best there. So for those who intend on taking online courses SMC is the best choice. Although the professors are not there live so that you can talk to them face to face, they are there through email and will respond to you quick and if you need and actual appointment they are willing to meet with you and help you in any way to pass the course. If you do decide to take a online class make sure you are ready to spend a lot of your time in the class. The classes can have a lot of work but its worth it. You get to teach yourself the material at the same time the professor is teaching you which makes the learning experience fun and better for the students

    In three sentences

    SMC has the best programs for students who intend to transfer. The academics and teaching techniques from the professors are well establish and makes it easy for a student to learn the material. It is consider one of the top schools for students and I have enjoyed being part of this school

  • 03/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    In the cafeteria area there are a number of places to choose from. Supplying you with sandwiches in addition to that Fast food restaurants are around the Santa Monica campus

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on Santa Monica Campus

    Academic Rigor

    The campus has strict policies on plagiarism, as well as smoking. Beyond those things this is a very live and helpful campus that caters to all ethnicity and backgrounds

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica College is the best place to achieve a degree, as well as becoming an active member in a club or group.The possibilities are endless whether you are a decided or undecided major.Groups like EOPS,and being an Associated Student are steps to a promising future.

  • 03/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Santa Monica Police Department is on station all the time on campus, making it a safe campus. If anything, any risk of a safety issue is derived from the neighboring residents. The majority of incidents that occurred on campus were committed by residents that lived in the area.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many cultural clubs such as Korean, Japanese, German, French, Latino, African-American, and Russian clubs. There are also a few religious, scientific, and social activist clubs as well. We even have several artistic clubs that include drama, different music genre clubs, and even comedy clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    This college is a good pick for: 1) Students who could not enter their desired university out of high school 2) Students who live nearby 3) Any student wishing to transfer to a 4-year university 4) Older people who are simply looking to learn a new academic subject 5) Post-grad students who need a course or two in order to be able to enter grad school

    What to do for fun

    There are many, many different clubs to join for fun, such as the new League of Legends community club that formed recently, aimed at promoting and embracing the hit online game, League of Legends. The beach is a 5 minute bus ride away as well, for you sun lovers! There are many malls, theaters, and bars around the area for entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    The food was pretty good, although it is pretty pricey. If you have the money to buy your food everyday, go ahead. If not, it would be better to make yourself lunch or even bring last night's leftovers. The cafeteria has several microwaves for students to use.

    Dorm Life

    Somewhat affordable housing around, but traffic is a nightmare around the college during mornings and early evenings. Most students live pretty close by, so consider riding your bicycle or taking public transportation because parking for students is always a problem every semester.

    Academic Rigor

    The staff(the majority at least, around 90%) are both caring and diligent in their teaching. They teach you in a way that challenges your intellectual boundaries, unlike high school. Whereas it was simply to get the grades to pass in high school, college courses are meant to prepare you to face the university life, and eventually, the real world. Theory is taught well, but the professors also engage in teaching you how to apply your knowledge for the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    First off: Remember that this is no longer high school; be responsible for your own education. The professors can only do so much for you in terms of assistance in coursework, but the effort needs to come from you first. Second: Meet with both your professors and the rest of the college faculty. You'll make a lasting impression on these people by dedicating time to communicate with them, which will help in getting you benefits like letters of recommendation, scholarship opportunities, internship opportunities, and many other nice perks by simply getting to know your professors. Third: Spend your money wisely, do not waste it. I have seen too many students end up panicking when it comes to buying school materials or paying bills because they spend their paychecks on luxury items, parties, etc.

    In three sentences

    Overall, a good college to attend post-high school due to the simple fact that the faculty and administration make the transition from high school life to college life easier than it would be at a university. The majority of the staff at Santa Monica College mean well and make an effort to get their students to not only pass their courses, but also come out with some newly acquired knowledge that will follow students through the college and adult experience. There are also various tools and services provided here in order to help you succeed as a college student and as a young adult.

  • 03/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Book a guidance appointment as early as possible

    In three sentences

    One of the best colleges I've been too. It has a great atmosphere and great professors.

  • 05/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I take night classes, as well. There is always a presence on campus and I never feel unsafe walking to class or my car.

    Greek Life

    Clueless.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a LOT. Unlike myself, you really should spend time reading the material and getting involved. It will make your time at SMC far more productive and social. The kids there couldn't be nicer and there is help if you ask.

    Great for these types of students

    There is a great coffee stand that serves Starbucks.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Please do. I'd love to know.

    Bang for the buck

    Couldn't be better especially if you apply for FASFA.

    What to do for fun

    I seriously go to class and leave class. I'm 46-years-old. I am certain you will find plenty of fun to fill your time. Most likely, too much.

    Food and Dining

    I have no experience with either.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are a lot of events to take part in and definitely make the most of the year.

    In three sentences

    SMC is a great starter school for those going back to school or wanting to improve their grades prior to transferring to a more expensive 4-year school. It is an International school and the diversity of students is incredible! The Professors really want to help their students learn and if you pay attention and do the work, you are certain to do well in class.

  • 06/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    SMC offers many options for fun on campus. We have a field/track if you are interested in some physical activity. They also offer a weight room and swimming pool. Most of the time it is just enjoyable to sit in the quad or under the clock tower with some friends.

    Food and Dining

    There is a basic cafeteria on campus. Not necessarily top quality food, but it is enjoyable.

    Dorm Life

    Only off campus living is available, but the SMC website has information to help guide you to an apartment or house.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are hit or miss. Some will be great with teachers that are excited about learning, others will be difficult to follow. But always have a backup.

    Tips for prospective students

    Set a goal! It will be a rough ride if you don't have a goal in mind. Plan your classes ahead of time.

    In three sentences

    Santa Monica as a whole is an enjoyable environment. There are some nice people and it is always exciting when you meet somebody new. The teachers can be exciting to learn from as well as helpful to building to skills.